The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of the University of Texas. That's not quite as catchy as the original, but on November 7, the stars will indeed be brighter than ever when The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon heads to the UT Austin campus to film that night's episode.
The guest lineup features the Central Texas celebrities you've come to expect, including Chip and Joanna Gaines and UT professor Matthew McConaughey, who recently celebrated his 50th birthday by joining Instagram and then posting a minute-long monologue.
Gucci Mane is slated to perform as the musical guest, somewhat surprising considering the breadth of musicians in Austin. (Ahem, Gary Clark, Jr.? Shakey Graves? Willie Nelson?) In addition to the celeb interviews, producers are promising 'Texas-sized moments," which we can only imagine involve Bevo and 10-gallon hats and other Texas things.
Though he's filmed on the road a few times, this is actually the first time Fallon's iteration of The Tonight Show has taped on a college campus. For Thursday's show, Bass Concert Hall will transform into a de facto soundstage welcoming about 2,000 audience members — nearly all of them students.
Free tickets for the performance are earmarked for UT students only, and while the initial lottery is now closed, there are still standby tickets remaining. Those lucky enough to snag a ticket must be seated by 4:30 pm for the 5 pm taping. Doors open at 3:30 pm. Students who don't get into the show can watch the taping on the LBJ Library lawn from 5-7 pm during a special watch party.
UT's special Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon episode will air at 11:35 pm on Thursday, November 7, on NBC.