Jimmy Fallon: 10 Facts You May Not Know About 'The Tonight Show' Star

Mohit Priyadarshi

Jimmy Fallon is the heir apparent to The Tonight Show. He is the one man we turn our attention to after a hard day's work, because if there is one thing Jimmy is good at, it is his ability to make us laugh. He is an everyman comedian, a popular jester whose sole purpose in his professional career is to make people forget the humdrum of everyday life. That is perhaps the reason that Fallon, since he was a young kid, had always wanted to appear on Saturday Night Live.

"It was weird. I'd come home and do imitations, this type of humor. And my mother would say, 'Okay, Joey or Mark or Whoever is inside you, let's have dinner now.'"
"My dad was in Vietnam, and he was in a doo-wop group. My mom was like a total square; she wasn't allowed to leave her stoop in Brooklyn. She was a nun for about a month, but then she was like, 'You know what? I didn't get the calling!'"
"I don't make it on [the show] before I'm 25, I'm going to kill myself.' It's crazy. I had no other plan. I didn't have friends, I didn't have a girlfriend, I didn't have anything going on. I had my career, that was it."

"Jimmy, I think you really f**ked up. Love, Robert De Niro."

"I loved like how this priest can make people feel this good. I just thought it was – I loved the whole idea of it. My grandfather was very religious, so I used to go to Mass with him at like 6:45 in the morning, serve Mass. And then you made money, too, if you did weddings and funerals. You'd get like five bucks. And so I go 'Okay, I can make money too.' I go, 'This could be a good deal for me.' I thought I had the calling."

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