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03/02/2014 at 12:00 PM EST
Live, from Lake Michigan, it's Swimmy Fallon!
It was a frigid Oscar morning for Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon
who answered a challenge from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to take a dip in Lake Michigan to benefit the city's Special Olympics.
Fallon, 39, had asked Emanuel to join him as a guest on his new NBC show
, but the steely mayor, a former White House chief of staff
and friend of President Barack Obama
, threw down the gauntlet and agreed – only if the comedian would participate in the annual "Polar Plunge," the Chicago Tribune
With temps at 10 degrees Sunday and water temperatures at about 32 degrees, it was a test of courage for both men, but a challenge Fallon couldn't pass up when Emanuel taunted him to "toughen up."
RSVP'd Monday for the event on Twitter: "Okay @Rahm Emanuel. I'm in. Lake Michigan will have a New York fish this weekend #SwimmyFallon."
Fallon later said he'd take his icy dip wearing a suit and tie, and encouraged his fans to "show solidarity by wearing a necktie. (I'm not telling you what else to wear.)"
The mayor, known for his spicy repartee, said no to the business attire.
"A little advice from a city that knows how to handle winter: leave the suit at home," Emanuel Tweeted
. Fallon, however, did not, braving the waters all dressed up
in his hosting apparel.
Emanuel agreed to his own plunge after Chicago students answered his challenge to read 2 million books over the summer.
Fallon made his way Sunday morning through the snow, posting Instagram pics
. He later bragged
of his icy accomplishment: "Officially PLUNGED!!!!! Thank you Chicago!!! Thank you Mayor. #polarplunge #coldneverbotheredmeanyway #frozen."