I had a “moment” with Conan O’Brien. Really I did. It may not mean much to you, but it was a moment…a connection. Several years ago, the former hub and I took our son Nate to NYC for his 16th birthday (okay fine it was 10 years ago…seems like yesterday). Nate was and still is a huge Conan fan so we got tickets to the show. We sat in the 4th row from the stage. During one of the commercial breaks, I was staring at Conan. I thought Conan was really cool. I was just soaking him in when all of the sudden he caught my gaze. CONAN noticed me. He tilted his head, looked me right in the eyes, smiled and waved at me. AT ME. So that’s it…the moment…one of those “I guess you had to be there” moments.
Conan and I are distant relatives I’m sure, both offspring of Irish Catholic parents and both middle children in large dysfunctional families (well, normal dysfunctional…if you were raised Catholic, you know what I mean).
One thing I’ll say about large Catholic families, we have incredible senses of humor, especially when it comes to self-deprecation. We are the kings and queens of self-deprecation. Conan is no exception…his hair SCREAMS self-deprecation (and a scene from the movie, “Something About Mary”).
(Get me a surfboard!)
ANYWAY, Late Night with Conan O’Brien…my personal friend and the new successor to the dynasty known as The Tonight Show, debuted last night June 1, 2009.
But let’s for a moment take a quick stroll down memory lane…
This will date me, but whatever. I have the fondest memories as a child of sneaking into my parents’ bedroom late at night to watch The Johnny Carson show. My father loved Johnny Carson. His laughter while watching the show is one of my fondest memories of him.
(The King of Late Night TV, the late Johnny Carson and his sidekick Ed McMahon. Fun trivia fact: Johnny Carson once successfully sued a toilet company who was trying to use the logo "Heeeeeeeere's Johnny!")
Jay Leno replaced Johnny Carson…a move that surprised everyone, especially David Letterman.
(Oh, those were the days!)
Can you believe that Jay Leno has been doing the show for SEVENTEEN years? Scary how time flies. Speaking of scary, that CHIN…
What I will not miss about Jay Leno was the obnoxiously and irritatingly strategically placed bevy of young blond women seated in the first few rows of the audience. Was I the only one bothered by this? Nothing against young irritatingly strategically placed bevies of young blondes, but it was just so obvious…this pandering to young hormonal males. And the constant highlighting of stupid Americans who didn’t know basic American History 101. It was bad enough that George W. Bush (the 43rd President of the United States in case you didn’t know) didn’t know this stuff, but the average Angeleno? Embarrassing.
As I said, I will not miss Jay Leno…especially since he’s starting his NEW show in 2 days an hour earlier.
Mad recap of Conan’s show:
--NBC Peacock in Living Color from back in the day.
--Conan’s checklist about moving to LA.
--Conan running to Hollywood, literally (with a quick stop in Chicago at squirrel’s restaurant).
--Standing ovation from adoring studio crowd flown in from New York.
--Standing ovation lasts for thirty minutes.
--Good ole sidekick Andy Richter standing at a podium.
--Conan speaking in Spanish (is this an inside joke?…imported New York crowd seemed to get it).
--Brief appearance made by Hillary Clinton.
--Video clip of Joe Biden whispering talk of Chocotacos to Sonia Sotomayor (2 more fellow Catholics).
--Conan as new Laker fan (boo Lakers!).
--Universal studio tour, driving around in circles (I’m suddenly dizzy..could be the Ambien kicking in).
--The letter D (this was dumb with a capital D).
--Conan’s 1992 Ford Taurus…uh oh, bevies of blond women, women spraying themselves with hoses…and Fabio…FABIO?
--Will Ferrell brought out by ancient Egyptians (okay now the Ambien is making me hallucinate).
Uh, the fast pace of this show is a bit much. Is this an age thing? Where are my bifocals?
Ferrell starts to read his LA Tips to Conan. Seriously, they were so bad, so corny, he should have kept them confidential.
There is a God…Will Ferrell was interrupted by a commercial. He needs to get sent back to Land of the Lost…ironically a good name for the soon to be bankrupt state of California.
ZZZZZZZ….ooops, nodded off there just a bit. Missed the rest of Willie’s list…did I miss anything good? I did wake up in time to hear Pearl Jam. They were perfect! They sounded just as frenetic and frazzled as the rest of the show.
Is it me or are late night audiences suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder? This show just felt like one gimmick after another in rapid succession…I just wanted to say SLOW DOWN! Or at least bring on Triumph the Insult Comic Dog or the Masturbating Bear.
Sorry guys but I’m switching back over to David Letterman, my go to late night guy.
Dave keeps it basic and simple. Nothing fancy. Just Dave and the audience. And nothing comes close to Letterman’s Top Ten List, stupid pet and human tricks. And call me old…fashioned, but I just love listening to Dave’s down home stories about his 5-year-old son.
So what did YOU think of Conan’s debut?
OH YEAH, AND JUST ONE MORE THING: No recap post of mine would be complete without a picture of….
(ADAM LAMBERT...THE TRUE AMERICAN IDOL)