Before They Were Stars: Jay Leno Performs Stand-Up on “The Tonight Show” in 1977

Here’s a unique piece of television history as a young Jay Leno makes his first televised appearance by performing stand-up on The Tonight Show in 1977. His material is super-lame and the laughter from the audience is mild at best, so if you told anyone this hack comedian was going to wind up hosting the damn show in 15 years, they would have asked where they could score some of your weed! It’s amusing to note that, as of this writing, the dislike-to-like ratio of this clip on Youtube is 1133-to-545, with a plethora of comments that basically state: “I didn’t think it was possible he could be less funny back then than he is right now”.

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