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University of Alabama ‘Face Guy’ Starts Jimmy Fallon Internship

JackBlakenshipPicUniversity of Alabama student Jack Blankenship didn’t start holding up an oversize resume or “Hire Me!” sign at Crimson Tide basketball games in 2012. But he might as well have.

Per a report in the Tuscaloosa News, the infamous “face guy” has parlayed it all into a winter-spring internship at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that starts today. All thanks to his holding up a giant photo cutout of his scowling face at college B-ball games to distract opposing players:

Blankenship appeared as a guest of Fallon in 2012 and on other talk shows after the cutout of his face drew the attention of photographers at Alabama basketball games and eventually worked its way into sports blogs.

The expression started as a joke among middle school friends and was still “a goofy joke” to Blankenship when he affixed it to poster board and brought it to a basketball game.

The 21-year-old telecommunication and film major worked some connections at Late Night that he made through his appearance and applied this past fall for the internship. He will be with the show through May as a writers’ intern and general production intern. And of course, he couldn’t have picked a better semester; it’s the one during which Fallon will be switching to a little program called The Tonight Show.

Blankenship, during his appearance on Fallon, outlined the five steps he follows to produce “the face.” His new boss gave it a shot and you can too. Click here for the easy-to-follow “face” instructions.

[Screen grab via: espn.com]

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