Will Smith’s epic dance with Jimmy Fallon wins best inaugural ‘Tonight Show’ guest bit

February 18

Will Smith reacting with glee to Jimmy Fallon. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon)

There’s always a lot of pressure on the first guest of a new “Tonight Show” era.

Four shirtless men carried Will Ferrell in on a throne in 2009 when he appeared on the inaugural episode of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.” In 1992, Billy Crystal sang a song for Jay Leno’s first night hosting the show.

So how did Jimmy Fallon’s official first guest, Will Smith, measure up?

Let’s just say he easily outdid both of them, joining Fallon for an “Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing” spectacular. The audience went crazy.

Judge all three opening gags:

Leno:

Watch Conan here. (Scroll to 50 seconds for clips of Ferrell)

Emily Yahr is an entertainment reporter and pop culture blogger for the Style section. She joined the Post in May 2008, a week before she graduated from the University of Maryland, and worked on Lisa de Moraes' TV Column and blog.
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