Late Night: Julie Bowen’s frighteningly good pelican impersonation

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Julie Bowen won an Emmy for playing high-strung mom Claire Dunphy on ‘Modern Family.’ Based on her appearance on Tuesday’s ‘Tonight Show,’ Bowen’s got a pretty good range.

The best thing about ‘The Tonight Show’ is that guests usually stick around for the whole hour. It gives the show a slightly more spontaneous vibe and often leads to amusingly incongruous celebrity pairings.

Take last night, for instance.

Bowen was the first guest to grace Jay Leno’s couch, followed by animal trainer Dave Salmoni, who brought along an enormous pelican for a little show-and-tell. Leno had a bucketful of fish for the giant bird, but it was Bowen who got the pelican’s attention. In a moment of inspired improvisation, the gangly actress locked eyes with the bird and contorted her limbs to look like him: knocked knees, outspread arms, cocked head.

The pelican looked utterly mystified, but Leno’s audience lapped it up. See for yourself below.



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