You know Jimmy Fallon as the man who completely dominates the world of late-night TV. Before he was gave us the “History of Rap” with BFF Justin Timberlake, got the best scoop from the biggest celebs, and started the Lip Sync Battle phenomenon, Jimmy was making your life better and you didn’t even know it.
The comedian/actor/host was around long before taking over The Tonight Show. Here are some of Jimmy’s throwback moments that prove he’s one of the greatest entertainers of our time. (You’ll feel bad about yourself for forgetting them, but we don’t judge.)
Making fun of Kanye West at the 2009 Emmys
Fallon tripped and fell while mocking Kanye’s obsession with auto-tune. We don’t know if it was on purpose, but it made everyone — including Steve Carell — laugh, so it was worth it. Also, everything the newscaster says in this video should be disregarded.
An unforgettable five-word speech at the Webby Awards in 2009
Fallon won the award for Webby Person of the Year, and in the most underrated acceptance speech of all time, he expressed his gratitude for being chosen to take Conan O’Brien’s place on Late Night.
Hosting the 2005 MTV Movie Awards
His timeless monologue will still make you laugh, as will this amazing Star Wars parody from the show.
Fever Pitch (2005)
Even his Red Sox-obsessed character Ben was as charming and funny as we imagine Jimmy to be IRL.
The most epic awards show opening of all time at the 2002 MTV VMAs
As host of the VMAs, Jimmy opened the show by channeling his inner Avril Lavigne, Enrique Iglesias, and Nelly (“hot in herrrrrrre?”), and was accompanied by surprise guest James Brown. And that’s is how it’s done.
Publicly sporting a “Free Martha Stewart” shirt (2002)Getty
…while opening the NASDAQ Stock Exchange in NYC.
His performance of ’80s Hits at The Concert for New York City (2001)
Jimmy performed his VH1-inspired skit inspired skit during the benefit concert for 9/11 at Madison Square Garden. He raps and does the robot to MC Hammer’s classic hit. Need we say more?
Almost Famous (2000)
You were so obsessed with Penny Lane you totally spaced on the fact that Jimmy played slick road manager Dennis Hope, didn’t ya? Didn’t ya?!
His take on NSYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” marionettesGetty
This skit at the 2000 MTV VMAs was only a preview of Jimmy’s epic lip sync acts to come. He even rocked the classic Justin Timberlake bandana and perm.
The Sex and the City/The Matrix parody at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards
Only Jimmy could bring the worlds of Carrie Bradshaw and Neo together so perfectly.
In 2015, Fallon is largely known for his friendship (and hilarious sketches) with JT. So can we expect baby Silas to make an appearance on The Tonight Show?