Not until Fallon became a talk-show host was it evident to the general public that he is a consummate entertainer, capable of so much more than what his previous image—as the “cute one” fromS.N.L.’s turn-of-the-century cast—had led us to believe.
Fallon describes the evolution of his six-season run on Saturday Night Live,from 1998 to 2004, like this: “First I did impressions. Then I wanted to do characters. Then I got to do ‘Weekend Update’ with Tina Fey, which was the greatest. Then I became the guy who laughed in sketches. Then I left.”