Jimmy Fallon started a viral #tumbleweedchallenge on TikTok.

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Jimmy Fallon’s #tumbleweedchallenge will you have rolling on the floor with laughter

Here’s why everyone on TikTok is doing it.


Kris Seavers

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 13, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 1:43 am CDT

Jimmy Fallon just joined international social media platform TikTok, and the results are already hilarious. Last week on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the host asked fans to submit clips on TikTok for his #tumbleweedchallenge.

The premise of the video challenge is this: As Western-style music (horse whip sound effects and all) plays in the background, users are supposed to drop to the ground and roll out of frame. The result, obviously, should look something like a human tumbleweed.

After Fallon did his own version of the challenge, more than 8,000 of his fans followed suit, and he shared some of his favorites on Tuesday night. The clips show people rolling around on the floor in public spaces like Central Park and Target, plus recreating the challenge using a dummy in a washing machine and even a bird. Basically, you have to see it.

As far as viral challenges go, the #tumbleweedchallenge seems like an easy (and harmless!) way to weird out people in public and put your creative skills to the test. For once, you should try it at home.


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*First Published: Nov 13, 2018, 9:09 pm CST