Fallon first started performing stand-up comedy in high school and later dropped out of college to pursue his comedy career. In 1998, Fallon landed his dream job, joining the cast of Saturday Night Live. Fallon left the show in 2004. Five years later, he launched his own successful program, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In April 2013, it was announced that Fallon will take over for Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show. He debuted as the new host of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on February 17, 2014.