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Gritty appears on 'Tonight Show,' sneaks up on Gervais, Fallon

Flyers popular new mascot shows off comic chops

by Daniel OLeary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Gritty has hit the big time.

The most famous four-day-old mascot in the history of sports made a special appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday.

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: Thanks for the New York minute, @jimmyfallon.You, me, Claude...lunch? pic.twitter.com/3vYziGp7ZM

The Philadelphia Flyers new mascot, who went viral on Monday (his unofficial birthday) stopped by Fallon's show seemingly just to startle comedian Ricky Gervais.

In the show's opening, Gervais and Fallon are backstage dancing to Boyz II Men's "Motownphilly." Gritty crashes the party and is soon accosted by Gervais with Fallon playing peacemaker.

All was well after the dustup, however, as Gervais tweeted a selfie of the trio.

Tweet from @rickygervais: Just had the weirdest dream. @jimmyfallon @GrittyNHL pic.twitter.com/1Cd8GUX5wJ

Earlier in the day, Gritty tweeted that he made a "quick business trip" via helicopter but was purposefully cryptic.

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: Quick business trip. pic.twitter.com/KDgrCRKLeq

But the brand new big orange guy couldn't hide his admiration for Fallon very long, tweeting a nice note to the host just as the show aired.

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: ������������������������������������Catch me right now on @FallonTonight!! pic.twitter.com/hqK1PFdi6T

Just another day in the life of Gritty.

Photos courtesy: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

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