The friends, from the Upper East Side, were the first of about 30 people standing in line outside 30 Rock. They arrived at 10 p.m. Sunday, braving bone-chilling temperatures overnight for a chance to get stand-by tickets.
“Today may be President’s Day, but it’s really Jimmy Fallon Day,” said a bleary-eyed but exuberant Morren, a food and beverage manager at a hotel.
“It was freezing. It felt like jumping into an ice bath, but it’s worth it.”
Fallon, who was born in Brooklyn, replaces Leno to become the show’s sixth host since it first aired in 1954.
Steenberghe and Morren said Fallon has the personality to fill Leno’s void.
“It said it was 18 (degrees), but it felt like 0,” said Steenberghe, lips shivering as he stood in a heavy black coat with a black winter cap.
“But I’ve followed Jimmy Fallon for years and, if we can get in, it’s gonna be awesome."
Morren said it’s Fallon’s common-man characteristics that make him so appealing.
“There’s no fake show business stuff about him,” she said.
“He’s just one of the guys and if I never tried, I’d blame myself forever. I mean, how many times does this happen?”