The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Nick Romano
April 09, 2016 AT 02:56 PM EDT

Dr. Ken‘s Ken Jeong knows how to woo the ladies. Well, at least Jimmy Fallon. The comedian performed a passionate rendition of Lionel Richie’s “Three Times a Lady” for the Tonight Show host, and it turns out there’s a special story behind it. 

Jeong recalled to Fallon a time in high school when he participated in a mock male beauty pageant called Mr. Buccaneer. “I was a nerd, but I was a well-liked nerd,” he said. “I was kind of a pundgier kid growing up in high school, we did a swim-suit competition like any beauty pageant, [I] had like, a Speedo.” 

Then came the talent portion. “I actually sang a song. I’d never sang in public before, and it was — no joke — it was the Commodores, Lionel Richie, ‘Three Times a Lady,'” he continued. He later added that he got a standing ovation and brought some girls in the audience to tears. 

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Watch a reprisal performance in the video below. 

 

Elsewhere, Jeong played Fallon’s new game Famous Face-Off against Kerry Washington, and he dropped the sensuality for some heated competition. 

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