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Shen grad on "Late Night" television tonight

By Lombardo David
Friday, August 9, 2013

The star of a rap video that immortalized Shenendehowa High School online is taking his talents to late-night television.

Jack Carpenter, 20, will be testing his rap skills tonight against a handful of other amateur performers during a segment on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The segment is a variation on a musical challenge previously done on the show, where performers are provided a topic and then a brief period backstage to prepare before performing on television.

Last week Carpenter went to a taping of Fallon’s show with the hope of appearing in the musical challenge, even though he doesn’t play an instrument. Skilled in writing song parodies, though, he felt comfortable with the idea of rapping his song. To his delight, show staff informed him that they were taking the segment in a new direction: rap.

A full story on Carpenter's appearance is available HERE.

The next day, staff from “Late Night” contacted Carpenter with his audition challenge. He had an hour to write a rap about lobsters and send in a video of himself performing the rap. The rap, which is told from the vantage point of the lobster, includes the line, “When you eat a lobster, you take one of us down. But when [New Jersey Gov.] Chris Christie eats a lobster, we lose a whole town.”

A copy of the audition submission is available below.

The audition tape was a success and he made it on to the show, which will tape early this evening.

“The exposure is going to be big,” said Carpenter, who has dreams of being a late-night host. He is currently working with a local television station in Vermont, where he attends Champlain College, to host his own late-night show that would air once a week.

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