Video: See Alex Edelman Share His Childhood Connection to Jimmy Fallon and Tom Brady on The Tonight Show | Playbill

Video Video: See Alex Edelman Share His Childhood Connection to Jimmy Fallon and Tom Brady on The Tonight Show

Edelman's Broadway show Just For Us will air on HBO later this month.

Broadway's Alex Edelman visited The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon April 4 to promote the upcoming HBO release of his show Just For Us, filmed live on Broadway.

The piece, which enjoyed a successful two-month run on Broadway earlier this season, was filmed by HBO in front of a live audience at the Hudson Theatre August 15 and 16, 2023. It will air on the cable network beginning April 6. 

On his visit to the Tonight Show stage, Edelman revealed that he and Fallon had met before: as a teenager, Edelman worked for the Boston Red Sox, which led to the pair meeting on the red carpet of Fallon's baseball themed film Fever Pitch.

As the pair marvelled over the photo (taken right before adolescent acne kicked in, according to Edelman), another secret was revealed.

"I showed up on the red carpet with no tie, and Tom Brady was coming down the carpet, and he went, 'Where's your tie?'" Edelman shared, grinning. "And I was too embarrassed to tell him I didn't know how to put one on, so I pulled it out of my pocket, and Tom Brady was like, 'Come here, man.'" As the audience awed at Brady's gingerly tying the tie around young Edelman's neck, Edelman laughed, adding that "even when he left Boston, when we were like 'Oh, I hate Tom Brady', I was like, 'Well, he knows how to put on a tie! He's, like, pretty good.'"

In Just For Us, the comedian recounted the time he infiltrated a White Nationalists meeting in Queens after receiving a string of anti-Semitic threats online.

Tony-winning director Alex Timbers served as director for the HBO special. The late Adam Brace, who was an integral part to Edelman creating the show, made his Broadway debut posthumously as the show's stage director. Brace passed away after a short illness in May 2023.

Edelman and Timbers are executive producers, along with comedian Mike Birbiglia and Above Average’s Marc Lieberman and Ally Engelberg.

Just For Us premiered the work in 2018 at the Melbourne International Comedy. It then played London's Soho Theater and Edinburgh Fringe Festival before landing Off-Broadway for three runs at Cherry Lane Theatre, SoHo Playhouse ,and then Greenwich House Theater. It officially opened on Broadway June 26, 2023 and ran through August 19, playing 60 performances and 4 previews.

See Star-Studded Portraits From the Opening Night of Alex Edelman's Just for Us

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