John C. Reilly Demonstrates How Not to Fall Asleep on 'Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

John C. Reilly grew up in Chicago, with an old-fashioned dad in an old-school age -- i.e., before cell phones. But had they existed when he was a kid, Reilly wouldn't have a funny story to tell (and some physical comedy to showcase) on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

Reilly explained that while his dad was out of the house, he was under strict instructions to make sure to answer the phone. A guy was expected to call with "a very important message."

But Reilly got sleepy, and chilly. "I laid down on the couch like this." The actor demonstrated onstage, placing both arms under his chest.

When the phone rang, he bolted upright, but "I realize both my arms have fallen asleep ... and I've got like these two clay logs for arms." Using one as "a battering ram," he was able to knock the receiver onto the couch and lean over to speak into it. So just what was the important message...?

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