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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.
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.
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