Shaquille O'Neal Attempts to Play 'Old Town Road' on the Tuba on 'Fallon'

Shaq also tackles 'Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)' on the oboe

January 7, 2020

Guests never know what Jimmy Fallon will have them do when they appear on “The Tonight Show.” Sure, there will be an interview, but there’s usually some kind of humbling game to play as well.

For former NBA star and current analyst Shaquille O’Neal, it was the “Random Instrument Challenge.”

Shaq and Jimmy took turns picking numbers that matched orchestral instruments with pop songs. A point was given to each participant when The Roots were able to name that tune, if you could call the results tunes.

Fallon started things off with “This Is How We Do It” on steel drum, which was remarkably guessed correctly. Shaq followed with “Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)” on the oboe. He sold it with body language and also earned a point.

Fallon’s luck ran out on his next turn when he was forced to play “Call Me Maybe” on a cumbersome double contrabass flute. The host couldn’t get the thing to make a sound and turned things over to Shaq for “London Bridge is Falling Down” on the electric violin. He skirted the rules a bit by mouthing the words and The Roots guessed correctly.

The final round was a duet that saw Shaq on the tuba and Fallon on the harp for “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X. After a rough start, they both switched instruments for the win.

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