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Here’s Jimmy: The Best of Fallon’s First Month on ‘The Tonight Show’

From ‘History of Rap’ to Will Ferrell ice-skating, we’ve picked our favorite moments from the host’s first month on the job

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One month ago, Jimmy Fallon walked out onto the stage of the new Tonight Show set at 30 Rockefeller and officially took over the venerable TV institution. Since then, the former SNL star has continued to do what he does best: reimagine R&B songs as barbershop quartet ditties, riff alongside the members of his house band The Roots, and inspire celebrities to do remarkably silly things they probably wouldn't have done next to Johnny Carson or Jay Leno.

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He's certainly welcomed some heavy-hitting music acts — his first month alone, he's brought on U2, Arcade Fire, Beck, Lady Gaga, and Rick Ross — but we've tuned in primarily to see how Fallon's goofy, enthusiastic sense of after-hours fun would fare on the crown jewel of late-night shows. The answer: like a charm. Here's a handful of the host's best moments from his first month on the Tonight Show. Long may he reign.

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Ragtime Gals Perform R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition’

Everything sounds better when it's sung by a barbershop quartet, right? Fallon's old-timey a cappella group takes on R. Kelly's remix of his R&B classic, and the gents in the nifty striped jackets certainly give it their full "toot, toot/beep, beep."

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Paul Rudd Kills Dominates the Lip-Sync Battle

Jimmy Fallon had taken on some tough contenders in the lip-sync battles he used to stage on Late Night. But he clearly had never taken on someone on the lip-syncing caliber of Paul Rudd. The comedian started off with a scorching, sultry (and silent) interpretation of Tina Turner's "You Better Be Good to Me" before bringing down the hammer with Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now." Rudd had not even finished shaking his ass to the second song before Fallon conceded and declared the Anchorman star the winner.

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Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore Do a Romcom Duet

After Drew Barrymore points out that she seems to make a romanctic comedy with Adam Sandler once every ten years, the host and his guests break into a song that celebrates their admittedly small mutual filmography. Just because the number of collaborations are small, however, doesn't mean their friendship isn't real; when Sandler declares that Barrymore is "the Rob Ford/to my crack cocaine," you know he's not messing around.

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