Jimmy Fallon's first TV appearance

jimmy fallonBy now you're well aware that late night host and SNL star Jimmy Fallon is a St. Rose Graduate and former Metroland receptionist. You may also have heard the stories of his A-Town hijinx and local stand up appearances.

Here's what you may not know. Fallon made his television debut right here in the Capital Region, in a locally produced sketch comedy show called "Metroland's Loose Camera."

Armory Garage owner Don Metzner and Metroland founder Peter Iselin executive produced the show.

Fallon is the best known of the "Loose Camera" cast, but not the only one to go on to bigger things. Mike Goudreau, another St. Rose grad and one-time writer for Metroland contributed to the sketches. He went on to went on to produce a show called 40 Whacks which starred members of the Loose Cannon cast (including Fallon). These days he writes and develops programs for MTV Networks. Other cast members included writer/ comedian Dion Flynn of "The Big Gay Sketch Show."

So what was "Loose Camera" like? Thanks to You Tube, we know. After the jump, clips of Fallon in Loose Camera's signature "Donkey Boy" sketch, a radio morning show sketch, and a sketch about--Lenny and Sqiggy impersonators. High brow stuff, indeed.

Jimmy Fallon as Donkey Boy:

Morning D.J. sketch:

Lenny and Squiggy impersonators:


I actually have Metroland's Loose Camera on VHS. After the Lenny & Squiggy impersonator sketch, the cop actually flags down some college coeds and tells them that if they want to enter Albany they have to wear appropriate SUNY-Albany clothing, which included a scrunchi. I wonder if scrunchis are still de rigeuer for the UAlbany coed of today... :)

The story of how Jimmy fallon got famous was by going to Razor Ron's Barber Shop in 1993. And Razor Ron worked his magic and brought him to Donald Metzner. We love JIMMY!


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