Jimmy Fallon I Was Sabotaged Just Like Mariah!!

1/8/2017 5:41 PM PST

Jimmy Fallon's hosting gig at The Golden Globes got off to an awkward start after his prompter allegedly cut out ... but the comedian saved face with a witty Mariah Carey NYE-inspired joke. 

Fallon was forced to ad lib at the beginning of Sunday's show ... but he still handled it like a pro. However, it was his Mariah Carey joke just a few minutes later that really did the trick to help erase the early flub.

Check out the clip ... a rough start to 2017 for Dick Clark Productions