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Jimmy Fallon's 1998 'SNL' Audition Surfaces Online (Video)

The performance featured impressions of Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock -- but only his spot-on Adam Sandler got Lorne Michaels to laugh.

Jimmy Fallon SNL Audition - P 2012

Jimmy Fallon is taking over as host of NBC's The Tonight Show. With his first show set to air Monday night, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look back at video of his Saturday Night Live audition, which first surfaced in 2012.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to win a spot on Saturday Night Live? Consider this newly surfaced video of Jimmy Fallon auditioning for the legendary sketch comedy show in 1998 a master class on the subject.

Cramming more than 20 characters into eight minutes that would change his life forever, Fallon cycled through every celebrity impression in his repertoire -- everyone from from Jerry Seinfeld to Chris Rock to Robert Smith of The Cure.

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But as Fallon recalled in a 2010 Sirius XM interview, it was his impression of Adam Sandler that finally cracked Lorne Michaels' stony veneer. "It was like a Wonder Years moment," Fallon said, of seeing the SNL creator laughing at his material. 

Watch the videos below.