"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" star gets freaked out by the dramatic sound that starts the clock and "Tonight Show" announcer Steve Higgins' melodramatic hosting of the sketch.
Proof that even the dumbest idea can become awesome with the right execution, Jimmy Fallon's 7 Seconds may just be his stupidest game yet. It's deceptively simple, and yet "The Tonight Show" host and guest Rachel Brosnahan were kept on the edge of their seats the whole time.
Honestly, the success of the entire bit can be laid at the feet of announcer/sidekick Steve Higgins who ad-libbed his way through setting up, explaining and announcing the game throughout. And even though it absolutely didn't call for it, he raised the stakes as if guessing how long seven seconds takes is a matter of life or death.
We totally pictured Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer in "24" with that ticking clock as a bomb is about to go off while Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) is freaking out in his ear.
From Higgins' enthusiasm about calling Round 2 "The Deuce" to his over-emphasis on the dramatic starting sound that kicked off the clock every round, it was almost too much for "The Marvel Mrs. Maisel" star to bear. By the end, she was begging him to stop introducing the sound, which only caused him to add and incorporate more sounds.
It was hilarious seeing Fallon react to Higgins' ridiculous delivery, too, as it quickly became clear that Higgins was well off-script and Fallon wasn't in on most of his shenanigans throughout the game show parody sketch.
The game itself couldn't be more simple. In the first two rounds, each contestant takes turns trying to guess how long seven seconds is, hitting their button when they think they've got it. The second round, which Higgins warned was way more wild had Brosnahan go first instead of Fallon. Like, that was the only difference.
But it was the final round that would really blow their minds. Both players were competing at the same time, and they had to count 21 seconds (you know, for the third round).
As for the winner? Well, they got a seven-second celebration that was way more elaborate than we would have thought there was time for. But the real winners are all of us who got to watch Higgins take a pretty stupid premise and elevate it to comedic high art.
Seriously, it is impossible to make it through this entire clip without at least cracking a smile, and maybe cringing at that kickoff sound by the end, too. He really did beat that one into the ground.