Jimmy Fallon was lucky to get the job!
That’s what many folks are saying as they look back on his 1998 audition for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.
Jimmy — who takes over THE TONIGHT SHOW on Monday (Feb 17) — drew only one audible laugh from SNL creator Lorne Michaels as he cycled through more than 20 celebrity impressions and a handful of song parodies.
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“It was like a WONDER YEARS moment,” he recalled in a 2010 interview with Sirius XM radio.
But not all commenters on YouTube looking back as kindly on the eight minute tryout.
“Sweet Jesus his nervousness caused me pain. I felt so sorry for him lol, the audience could have been more accommodating.” – TreSneaky
“He was so nervous man, but thank god he got through it..because i love him and im glad for his success!” – robbbyyy25
“horribly awkward and un-funny. If you think he’s funny you’re a moron. Thats a fact.” – Michael Naeseth
“I didn’t know Ted mosby was on snl”- Micah Amey
“This was really good. The Tommy Lee Jones would have sold me. Generally I didn’t like him on SNL. The perpetual laughing during sketches was annoying. I do think he’s done a great job with other work (Emmy hosting, his own show – that sketch with First Lady Obama was awesome…I kept waiting for him to start laughing). I think he’ll be a great Tonight Show host.” – Jbauer72
“This is actual garbage gosh its weird how good he is now compared to this.” – Sean Weber
We agree with Mr. Weber. Jimmy has polished up his act and we can’t wait to see what he brings to NBC at 11:35 PM.
His guests for Monday night’s big premiere are Will Smith and U2 (who he coincidentally pokes fun at in the video above).
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