updated 01/25/2013 AT 6:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/25/2013 AT 8:00 AM ET
Declaring “I am in command of this ship,” Damon not only hijacked the show Thursday night, but he brought along a little big-name help.
Andy Garcia sat in as sidekick. Sheryl Crow led the band.
And where was Kimmel? Oh, he was there, all right: gagged and tied on the back of the set, as Damon took over.
“Just for starters,” Damon told the ecstatic in-studio crowd, “let me ask you guys this: As an audience, is it weird to see a person with actual talent host this show?”
Admitting he’d been waiting a long time to do this, Damon – before turning his monologue over to Robin Williams – struck a personal note and said, “This is like the time I lost my virginity, except this is going to last way longer than one second.”