With just hours to go before Jimmy Fallon makes his ‘Tonight Show’ debut the Saugerties community is getting excited for their home-town boy turned host. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Alexandra Weishaupt talks to Fallon's former teachers, who say not much has changed since his days at Saugerties High School.
SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- “Oddly enough, or maybe not, one of the skits he played Johnny Carson, in the ‘Tonight Show,’ so there he is at a desk being a host of a talk show,” said former Saugerties High School teacher, Louise Gallagher.
Jimmy Fallon’s high school English teacher said she knew the young comedian was destined for the big-time, but just how big, she had no idea.
“He said, ‘Mrs. Gallagher, I'm doing great things! You always told me I was gonna make it!’ And then in August, I found out he was gonna be on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ so I don't even think he knew then how great he was.
Fallon grew up on Overbaugh Street after his parents moved to the area when he was just a small boy. He attended St. Mary of the Snow School and eventually Saugerties Junior Senior High School, graduating in 1992.
“The guy that you see on TV every night, that’s the guy that was in Saugerties High School,” said former Saugerties High School Teacher, Bob Lawless.
Bob Lawless said it was at SHS where he was known to light up the classrooms with his vibrant personality, and let his creative juices flow during the school's lip-sync production.
“He had the same sense of humor that he does now,” he said. “He could give you that Jimmy Fallon, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about Mr. Lawless’ look, like, ‘Yeah, right!’”
Both teachers remarked on his ‘Rocky’ lip-sync performance at SHS.
“He did that whole scene between the trainer and Rocky and he did the whole thing himself,” said Lawless.
“He had a cap and I think it was a bagel, and when he was Rocky he took off the cap and put down the bagel, and when he was Mick he put on the cap and put the bagel, like a cauliflower ear up to his ear,” said Gallagher. “It was amazing.”
He continues to amaze audiences nation-wide, including the people in his hometown, who follow his accomplishments every step of the way.
“I don’t think I could have ever imagined, he’s gonna take over the ‘Tonight Show,’” said Lawless. “I hope he’s in that chair for the next 30, 40 years.”