: an upstart who makes cocky, sardonic, cheeky comments; a clever aleck


The word wisenheimer has appeared in three articles on NYTimes.com over the past five years, including May 17, 2017 in “Jimmy Fallon Was On Top Of The World. Then came Trump “by Dave Itzkoff:

Mr. Fallon’s Tonight Show, a prominent cavalry of games and gags, has been an undisputed juggernaut of the late night category for the past few months. In the meantime, his politically fierce competitor Stephen Colbert, who hosts CBS’s “The Late Show”, has closed a once huge gap of almost a million viewers.

…. Friends who have known Mr. Fallon since his time at “SNL”, where he was an actor from 1998 to 2004, say that he has a sympathy that is more permanent than any fleeting cultural change. In the heart, as on the screen, they say, it is him wisenheimer with an arsenal of impressions that have turned his own sketches and one-liners “Weekend Update” upside down.



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