Jimmy Fallon is a professional writer, producer, comedian and actor. Currently, he is the king of late-night comedy. That said, just about everybody in the United States has heard of him. His claim to fame was being on the classic sketch comedy series, Saturday Night Live. When Fallon had his audition, he actually made producer Lorne Michaels laugh, something that was nearly impossible to do. He did this by doing a great impression of actor Adam Sandler.
As a cast member, he was known for his versatility and spot on impressions of many celebrities. Some of the people he brilliantly impersonated include: Barry Gibb, Carson Daly, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Adam Sandler. Let’s just say that he is a pretty fascinating person. We all know he was on SNL and now has his own talk show, but did you know that he had a television role before he even auditioned for Saturday Night Live? How about the fact that he is religious and a big Yankees fan? I bet you didn’t know that he inspired an ice cream flavor, either. There are many other cool facts about him, and with all that said, here are 12 fascinating facts about Jimmy Fallon.
12 He Loved Saturday Night Live Since Childhood
Ever since he was a young child, Jimmy Fallon wanted to be in the entertainment business. In fact, his parents would record the “G rated” parts of Saturday Night Live so he and his sister could enact them.
He had a blast imitating the classic skit, Two Wild and Crazy Guys. Throughout his teenage years, he would do impressions of celebrities such as: Dana Carvey and James Cagney. In 1998, he fulfilled his dream of being on SNL. During his tenure there, he was known for his various song parodies, celebrity impressions and his stint on Weekend Update alongside cast member, Tina Fey. He would be a cast member until 2004.
11 His Classmates Voted Him As “Most Likely To Replace David Letterman
Yep, ever since his elementary school days, people knew he was destined for television. Some people are simply destined to be entertainers. The funny part is that this sort of came true. Back in June 2003, Jimmy Fallon actually guest hosted for David Letterman. As we all know, he went on to replace Letterman’s competitor, Jay Leno in 2014. Ironically, he is now a competitor of David Letterman.
As of now, Jimmy Fallon’s talk show does significantly better than David Letterman’s talk show. Sadly, David Letterman has announced that he is retiring from late night this year.
10 He Had A Guest Role On The Television Show, Spin City
Even before his stint on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon had a very small appearance on the show, Spin City. He appeared in the season 2 episode “The Marrying Man.” In that episode, he played a character that was selling photographs. Unfortunately, he did not do any of his impressions.
Later that year, he studied at the Groundlings Theater located in Los Angeles, California. There he worked at the Improv Theater for very little pay. Eventually, he went on to audition for a sketch comedy show that would change his life forever. The rest was history.
9 He Inspired An Ice Cream Flavor
Jimmy Fallon has been the Tonight Show host for over a year now. What does he do in order to celebrate the impressive accomplishment? Well, he invites the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s to reveal a new ice cream flavor. The flavor is nicknamed “The Tonight Dough,” and it is named after Jimmy Fallon himself.
It contains chocolate and caramel ice cream with chocolate cookie swirls. In addition, it also contains chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough, too. Does that sound delicious or what? It is now available at your local Ben & Jerry’s place.
8 He Is Musically Inclined
Ever since he was thirteen years old, Jimmy Fallon has played the guitar. Not only that, he even incorporated it into his many acts. He mainly does parodies of popular songs, and often puts his own spin on them. He has sung with famous musicians such as: One Direction, Mariah Carey, Carly Rae Jepsen, Neil Young, Justin Timberlake, The Bee Gees and U2 front man, Bono.
With actress Anne Hathaway, he performed Broadway versions of a few rap songs. With actress Gwyneth Paltrow, again he performed songs with a Broadway style, but instead of rap songs, they did hip-hop songs.
7 He Had A Mole Removed On The Dr. Oz Show
Back in 2011, Jimmy Fallon appeared on the Dr. Oz show to have a mole removed from his hand. Dr. Oz highly recommended the mole be removed because the mole was hard to differentiate from a deadly type of skin cancer called melanoma.
The surgery was performed in front of over 200 audience members. Dr. Oz said that Fallon was a difficult patient and he asked the audience for their full support. Needless to say, the surgery was a success, and to this day, Jimmy Fallon continues to make us laugh.
6 He Has Released A Few Song Singles
Over the past decade, Jimmy Fallon has released a couple of albums, as well as a few singles. One of his albums is titled The Bathroom Wall and the other album is titled Blow Your Pants Off. The Bathroom Wall was released in 2002 and his second album was released in 2012. Blow Your Pants Off won a Grammy Award for best comedy album.
Some of his singles include: “Idiot Boyfriend,” “Car Wash For Peace,” “Drunk on Christmas” and the 2014 song “EW.” The song has received significant attention online, and at one point, it was actually on the Billboard Hot 100.
5 He Has Two Daughters
Jimmy Fallon has two daughters named Frances Cole Fallon and Winnie Rose Fallon. He was introduced to fatherhood a little over a year ago and baby Frances was born just a few months ago in December. Fallon and his wife, Nancy Juvonen had both babies via surrogate. The reason they had a surrogate was because they have been trying to have a baby for a long time, and none of the methods they used seemed to work.
Before Winnie’s birth, Jimmy Fallon decided to keep private about his wife’s pregnancy. He believed it would be more fun to surprise all the people he works with.
4 He Often Laughed When He Was Doing His SNL Skits
During his Saturday Night Live skits, Jimmy Fallon would often break character and start laughing. In fact, this habit is referred to by several actors as “Jimmy Falloning". For example, during the Aquarium Repairmen skit, Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz played repairmen with strong New Jersey accents. Eventually, the accents became so exaggerated, they started laughing hysterically in the middle of the skit.
Another skit he laughed in was the Barry Gibb Talk Show skit. In this skit, Fallon appears with Justin Timberlake impersonating the Bee Gees. While Fallon was able to keep his composure, the other cast members were laughing pretty hard.
3 He Appeared In Over A Dozen Movies
Over his film career, Jimmy Fallon has appeared in over a dozen movies. In terms of his movies, he is most known for having starring roles in Taxi and Fever Pitch. Taxi is a 2004 comedy film starring Queen Latifah, and Fever Pitch is a 2005 romantic comedy film that had Fallon cast alongside Drew Barrymore.
In real life, Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon are actually best friends. Other films in which he had minor roles include: Factory Girl, Doogal, Whip It and Anything Else. Lastly, he made a cameo appearance in the critically panned movie, Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star.
2 He Is A Big New York Yankees Fan
In the movie Fever Pitch, Jimmy Fallon played a die hard Boston Red Sox fan. However, in real life, he roots for Boston’s perennial rival, the New York Yankees. A few months ago on his talk show, he was gushing about Derek Jeter’s final at-bat. When he had Jeter on his show, Fallon was acting like a little school girl around him.
One skit he did that involved the New York Yankees was when he took a giant picture of Robinson Cano onto the streets of NYC. Since this was around the time he signed with the Seattle Mariners, fans proceeded to boo him. The joke was that Cano was actually behind the photo the whole time, and heard everything the fans were saying. Once he heard their insults, he would pop up from behind the photo, surprising them. Seeing their reactions were priceless!
1 He Wanted To Become A Priest
Jimmy Fallon’s family raised him to be a Roman Catholic. He even attended parochial school during his younger years. Fallon felt that the Church had a very pleasant atmosphere, and it simply made him feel good about himself. He used to attend Church with his grandfather at 6:45 every week. Not to mention, he served as an altar boy, and to this day, he still shares the same admiration for the Church as he did as a child.
However, he admitted that he no longer attends Mass anymore due to his busy schedule. He did come back briefly, but he said it wasn't the same.