Jimmy Fallon on Monday night began what he hopes will be a long, successful stint as host of "The Tonight Show."

Displaying his usual brand of aw-shucks self-deprecation, along with his silly impersonations and sketch-comedy skills, Fallon showed off a newly decorated Manhattan studio and his rousing house band The Roots.

Here are five memorable moments from his "Tonight" debut:

  • THE CURTAIN CALL RE-DO: Stepping out to a thunderous ovation, Fallon noted that this is "the first 'Tonight Show" from New York in over 40 years" and said, "I'll be your host -- for now," a pointed reference to Conan O'Brien's brief, ill-fated tenure.

    Fallon went on to introduce himself to new viewers unfamiliar with him by touching upon his childhood days in upstate New York, delivering a quick bio (married with a 6-month-old daughter), and pointing out his proud parents in the audience. ("I wish I could have gotten you better seats.")

    "Our goal," he said, is to send you to bed "with a smile on your face so you can live longer."

    With that, he disappeared behind the curtain and came out to a fresh introduction and delivered a standard monologue, mainly dedicated to the Olympics and NBC's coverage of the Games.

  • PAYING OFF THE BET: Acknowledging that his rise to "Tonight Show" host was, at one point, highly improbable, Fallon joked that the doubters needed to pay off a $100 bet. That triggered a parade of cash-bearing celebrities, starting with Robert DeNiro.

    The list also included Tina Fey, Joe Namath, former mayor Rudy Giuliani, Mariah Carey (prying money from her cleavage), Tracy Morgan, Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker (drawing cash from her shoe), Mike Tyson and Lady Gaga.

    Stephen Colbert brought the bit to a hilarious conclusion by dumping a bucket of coins all over Fallon's desk and blurting, "Welcome to 11:30, bitch!" before taking a selfie.

  • DANCING FOOL: One of Fallon's strengths is his use of funny videos that tend to go viral. Monday's show offered "The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing," a pretaped bit in which he and Will Smith donned overalls and performed a number of dance moves, beginning with "The Cabbage Patch."

    They cycled through other moves including "The Running Man," "The Robot" and "The Stanky Legg." Finally, Fallon did some booty-popping "Twerking," to which a frowning Smith shook hs head and walked off.

  • THE FIRST GUEST: Smith also served as Fallon's enthusiastic first guest. He showed off some sky diving photos and fondly recalled how Fallon and Bruce Springsteen once did a funny rendition of daughter Willow Smith's song, "Whip My Hair."

    Fallon, pointing out that Smith is a huge movie star, asked for advice on how to handle the pressure of being the host on "The Tonight Show."

    Smith replied by referring to all the celebrities that had appeared moments earlier and told Fallon to remember that "People are coming (to the show) because of your heart."

  • HITTING THE HIGH NOTES: Fallon's first musical guests were huge: Bono and U2. They started things off with a visually stunning performance of their new single, "Invisible," high atop 30 Rock (accompanied by members of the Rutgers University band).

    Then, they finished off the show with a lovely acoustical version of their Oscar-nominated "Ordinary Love."

    So what did you think of Fallon and the show as a whole? Does his future look bright, or are you waiting for Jay Leno to make anther comeback?

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