The Lonely Island Performs 'I'm on a Boat' With Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and Classroom Instruments on 'Tonight
By Rachel McRady
What, no T-Pain? On Monday night, Jimmy Fallon teamed up with Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island to break down the comedy group’s 2009 hit “I’m on a Boat” on The Tonight Show.
With the help of The Roots and some classroom instruments, the group rocked out to the tune with the exception of Lonely Island bandmate Jorma Taccone, who chose to sit on a stool wearing a “Dunce” hat while reading a book called “The Joy of Land.”
Naturally, Samberg rocked his “nautical-themed pashmina afghan” as the rest of the group, Fallon and The Roots included, wore sailor outfits and shades.
The original song was featured on The Lonely Island’s debut album, Incredibad, and featured T-Pain. It aired as a Digital Short on Saturday Night Live in 2009. It was also nominated for a GRAMMY Award for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.”
This wasn’t the first time the group has teamed up with The Roots. In 2011 they all performed the song on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
It’s also not the first time Fallon and Co. have deconstructed popular songs using classroom instruments. The group have performed with Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Adele, and many more.