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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 03/ 4/2010

'Jersey Shore's' big brains take on Jay Leno

By Liz Kelly

Not even the cast of "Jersey Shore" can make Jay Leno funny.

Last night, the re-vivified "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" spent six long minutes trying to wring laughs from MTV's Guidos and Guidettes in a Jeopardy-like "Battle of the Celebrity All-Stars" segment:

Can't watch at work? Here's what you're missing.

-- Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi (the one with the big hair bump) is unable to complete this book title: "Catcher in the _____." (Her reply: "closet.")

-- Muscle-bound brawler Ronnie Ortiz-Magro names Puerto Rico as the country's 50th state.

-- Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola isn't able to answer any questions, but damn if her hair extensions don't look perfect.

-- Ronnie incorrectly identifies Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown's nude Cosmo spread as a young Jay Leno.

Only Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino appears to possess a brain not fake-tanned into catatonia, correctly identifying a photo of Fed chairman Ben Bernanke.

And after spoofing themselves everywhere from FunnyorDie.com to "Lopez Tonight," the "Jersey Shore" cast is kind of played out anyway.

Interestingly, David Letterman's Wednesday night guests included Jerry Seinfeld, whose "Marriage Ref" took over Leno's former 10 p.m. slot on NBC.

By Liz Kelly  | March 4, 2010; 10:41 AM ET
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Comments

How many of Jay's regular viewers even know who the Jersey Shore kids are? I know *my* mom doesn't...

Posted by: northgs | March 4, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Leno/Snooki is kinda like Tom Delay vs Lil Kim on DWTS.

Posted by: reddragon1 | March 4, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/d334702db4/the-real-jersey-shore

Posted by: BigMike333 | March 4, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"The Situation" knew who Ben Bernanke was. Holy cow. I doubt 5 percent of Americans could identify the Fed Chairman.

Posted by: buffysummers | March 4, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Agree buffy, I know I couldn't pick him out of a crowd but I do know who he is. Just have never seen a picture of him.

Posted by: hodie | March 4, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"Not even the cast of "Jersey Shore" can make Jay Leno funny."

In Jay's defence, he's between a rock and a hard place.

Rock: if he appears with someone *more* funny than he is, then everyone will know he's not very funny.

Hard Place: if he appears with someone *less* funny than he is, then - well, let's face it, where are you going to find someone like that?

Posted by: byoolin1 | March 4, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Hard Place: if he appears with someone *less* funny than he is, then - well, let's face it, where are you going to find someone like that?

Posted by: byoolin1

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The Marriage Ref?

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | March 4, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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