Lip sync battle has been among Jimmy Fallon’s signature celebrity features on both Late Night and Tonight Show. He is now teaming with two standout lip sync battle performers he has had on his shows, The Office alum John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies) for Lip Sync Battle, a half-hour original series for Spike TV. Fallon made the announcement during an interview with Merchant on Tonight Show last night.
Each Lip Sync Battle episode will feature celebrities going head to head – lip synching the song of their choice – battling for bragging rights. Along with serving as executive producers, Fallon, Krasinski, and Merchant will appear and perform. The series will tape in January in New York City and will premiere April 2, 2015. Host and talent will be announced in the coming weeks. Here is video of Merchant’s Lip Sync Battle with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which has amassed a staggering 33 million views on YouTube alone.
Also executive producing the series are Rick Schwartz of Fallon’s Eight Million Plus and Jay Peterson of Matador, and Casey Patterson, EVP, Talent Development and Production, Viacom Entertainment Group. Emmy winner Beth McCarthy-Miller (Saturday Night Live) will direct. “Lip Sync Battling is one of the coolest things happening in pop culture right now and already has a huge fan base thanks to the amazing talent involved,” said Patterson.
On Spike, Lip Sync Battle joins original series Bar Rescue and Ink Master.