Watching the Tonight Show; unexpectedly creeped out

I am off work and resting, and for me this means watching more TV.  I like things I can put on in the background while I’m playing a game or doing chores.  One of the shows I’m watching on Hulu is the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  Fallon is consistently very funny, cheerful, and good with his guests.  The music from the Roots is wonderful.  His humor is goofy and not mean.  He plays fun games with the guests, such as Pictionary, Catch Phrase, or lip sync battles.

The guests are listed on the Hulu page and announced at the beginning of each show, so there are some guests that I simply skip.  For instance, some Duck Dynasty people were on recently and I just turned the show off before they came on.  I principally know them because of homophobic comments one of the Duck Dynasty guys made a while back, so I am not interested in what they are saying or promoting.  But other times I give people a chance if I don’t know much about them.

So anyway: Tonight I watched an episode where Russell Crowe was the main guest.  He and Fallon sang a goofy song about tar balls in water, and made it a double entendre: don’t go swimming or you’ll get balls in your mouth.  They walked through the audience and suddenly Russell Crowe was rubbing his crotch against some guy’s face.  The audience member was laughing and turning bright red.  But I was creeped out.  I said aloud: “Is Russell Crowe, like, assaulting that guy?”  (No one was here to hear me but the dog).  In contrast, Jimmy Fallon put a microphone up to an audience member and let them sing along to the chorus.  Fallon looked respectful, friendly, and did not touch the audience member.  Crowe looked like a criminal.

There can be a lot of cringe-worthy moments in comedy.  I’ve been watching stand-up lately too, and people make jokes that fall flat or cross the line, and just go you go “ugh, no”.  But this little segment was further over that line because it involved an audience member.  Russell Crowe, you’re a creep.