Mandi Bierly
January 29, 2009 AT 11:16 PM EST

As preparations for the March 2 debut of NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon continue, the host performed his first monologue yesterday. In front of a construction crew at Studio 6B. Fallon’s further along than I expected: He’s already learned how to make bombing funny (“He only drills when he likes it”), and he did get me to chuckle once (at his Paul McCartney closer). Maybe it’s the mature threads, or maybe it’s that he didn’t giggle, but suddenly, I’m warming up to the idea of Jimmy Fallon, late night host. How do you not root for a guy who loves that his audience’s chairs will be Radio City Music Hall castoffs?

More on Jimmy Fallon:
Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon: The bigger stars are not necessarily the best talkers
Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night video blog: Stand still, will ya?
Jimmy Fallon to take over for Conan O’Brien in ’09
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