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Our 10 Favorite Mormon Moments with Ellen, Jimmy Fallon, and Other Talk Show Hosts


Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, Steve Harvey, Conan O'Brien—when these celebrities and Mormons get together, magic happens. And often, laughter soon follows.

From celebrities to politicians to surprise guests, many Mormons have made quite the impression on talk shows. Here are some of their most memorable moments.

Jayci Underwood Gets a Nicki Minaj Costume on Ellen

When 23-year-old Jayci Underwood went in to get her wisdom teeth removed, she never expected that it would turn her into a celebrity and land her on Ellen. But little did she know that while on the show, Ellen Degeneres would help some of her wildest dreams come true.

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A Wisdom Tooth Dream Come True

Mitt Romney Talks to Himself on The Tonight Show

Mitt Romney's connection with popular late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon stretches beyond quick comedy sketches and TV interviews.

While the Fallon family was on a vacation, they got together with the Romneys for some good clean fun. "We met up, we had a Burger Summit, last summer," Fallon explained when he had Romney on the show March 25th. "And you invited me over to the house. And my wife and my baby."

In truth, he admits, he invited himself with a tweet saying, "@MittRomney I'm available today and could always use a burger #BurgerSummit #nomayo." Romney graciously replied, "Burgers and dogs a-plenty, plus potato salad galore. Come on over, Jimmy. #BurgerSummit."

"You and your wife and your family were so nice to me," Fallon shared, "and I arrived with a hamburger hot dog hat."


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Mix these great memories with some political humor and Mitt Romney's opening and interview on The Tonight Show were truly hilarious!

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"Mitt in the Mirror" with Mitt Romney & Jimmy Fallon
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Mitt Romney's Grandson Is Training Him for His Evander Holyfield Fight

2-Year-Old Titus Takes on Shaquille O'Neal on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

All-star Titus Ashby has been a YouTube sensation since he was 2 years old for his ability to make insane trick shots. That's why Jimmy Kimmel decided to pit Titus up against NBA all-star Shaquille O'Neal to see who would win in a shoot out.  

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Clash of the Titus - Shaquille O'Neal

Just a year later, Titus took on and conquered both Bradley Cooper and Channing Tatum, inspiring this adorable video:

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Trick Shot Titus 3 | ft. Channing Tatum & Bradley Cooper

Cindy Gough Scared by Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Levine with a Tambourine in a Bathroom

Ellen DeGeneres loves doing "scares" on her show, which includes taking selected audience members to the "Riff-Raff Room" for some unexpected surprises.

But this was just fine for Church member Cindy Gough, who said on the show that she always wanted to be scared by Ellen. And her reaction when it finally happens is priceless.

Cindy Gough was among a group of 15 who were victims of this little prank by Ellen Degeneres and Maroon 5's lead singer Adam Levine.

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Ryan Hamilton Kills It with His Clean Comedy on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Ryan Hamilton: he's a hilarious guy. He's made the rounds on Conan, The Late Late Show, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, and Showtime and stands out as one of the rare comedians who doesn't use profanity or vulgarity to get laughs. And this stand-up guy who sticks to his LDS standards was recently featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Check out his hilarious "Dear Gym" routine.

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Ryan Hamilton Performs Stand-Up

Mitt Romney Delivers His "Top 10" on Late Night with David Letterman

As a presidential candidate, Mitt Romney appeared on the Late Night with David Letterman several times to reveal the top 10 things we didn't know about him—and none of them had to do with politics. From his own cologne line, sold exclusively at Macy's, to his real name, learn a little more about Mitt Romney in these hilarious videos:

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Mitt Romney Delivers "Top Ten" On David Letterman 12/19/11

Ashley Gardner Gets Her Own Portable Pantry on Ellen

Ashley Gardner posted a video of herself hiding in the pantry, saying, "Dad is out shoveling the driveway. Mom desperately needed a treat to get through the rest of the night. So I'm hiding in the pantry, eating a treat. Is that wrong?"

This 34-second snippet, that ends with one of Gardner quadruplets peeking under the door, quickly went viral as parents all over the world identified with this young mother and her struggles.

It turns out Ashley Gardner's video even caught the eye of Ellen DeGeneres, who just had to have the family on the show.

Conan Features Studio C, Raves About Their Hilariously Clean Comedy

Conan O'Brien raved about Studio C when he featured them on his show, saying the group has managed to do something rare in the entertainment world—keep their comedy hilarious but clean.

"You do clean comedy and it's for families in an era when maybe that might not be as popular. But I've noticed, as a former sketch writer myself, the sketches are very well constructed," he said. "It's good comedy and I like that my kids like it. . . . They're often very clever."

Soon talk turned to Scott Stirling, Studio C's most successful sketch of all time.

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Top Soccer Shootout Ever With Scott Sterling (Original)

With over 50 million views, there's no doubt the sketch has become something of a legend, but one that came with considerable pain, as Matt Meese described to Conan what it was like being hit in the face with a soccer ball repeatedly.

RM Carly Christiansen Gets an Incredible Surprise on Ellen

Returned missionary and Ellen DeGeneres fan Carly Christiansen received an incredible gift from her idol: a brand new car. Christiansen was given a "pre-show tour" of the studio, a tour that was really just a ruse to hide the fact that she was going to be featured on the show. Check out her priceless reaction!

You'll also like: Mormon Mom Surprised on the Ellen Degeneres Show Pays It Forward

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A New Car for Carly

Trick Shot Titus Wows Steve Harvey on Little Big Shots

After defeating Shaquille O'Neal, Bradley Cooper, and Channing Tatum, Titus Ashby landed a key spot on Steve Harvey's show Little Big Shots. Titus' moves were so epic, he even ended up freaking out Steve Harvey.

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