Samuel L. Jackson Recites an Ode to Boy Meets World

Christina Drill
April 03, 2014

And now, for a retelling of a story about "two boys who lack both brains and brawn."

The stars have aligned to give us a great thing. On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, actor Samuel L. Jackson, most famous for his roles in Pulp Fiction and Die Hard, showed us his softer side when he graced the Tonight Show stage in a beanie and holding a fake cigarette and recited a poem about 90s sitcom "Boy Meets World." In my opinion this is exactly what the show needed-- some Samuel L. Jackson. Some panache.

Jackson begins, accompanied by some smooth background jazz played by The Roots: "Boy. Meets. World. Boy...greets world. 'Hello, world! I'm Cory Matthews, short and average, head full of curls.'"

"TOPANGA, TOPANGA, TOPANGA / beats the heart of Cory," Jackson bellows, pausing dramatically between the "heartbeats" to mimic the beating of Cory's lil' heart. DYING AT THIS POINT. "A tale as old as time, daughter of hippies, name of a gypsy, TOPANGAAAAAAAA, Cory cries."

Jackson continues to tell the story of Corey, Topanga, Shawn, and Eric, and Mr. Feeny even gets a shout-out (literally, a shout-out): "The knowledge they gained came not from a witch or a genie / but from a teacher, a neighbor, a mentor, a savior / a man named MR. FEENY."

No word on whose amazing idea this was, but I sure do hope to shake their hand one day. Can this become a new thing on The Tonight Show? Bringing in actors with booming voices to slam some 90s sitcom synopses? Shows I definitely want to see reimagined into slam poetry: My So-Called Life, Freaks and Geeks, The Nanny, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Gauntlet. I think that The Gauntlet is from the 2000s but it deserves some attention in the form of slam-poetry.

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