Alright! Here I go with another commentary about the one, the only, Conan O’Brien. Last night (Jan 21) was probably one of the funniest episodes of the “Tonight Show” I have ever had the joy of watching since I can remember. The episode was the second last with tonight (Jan 22) being, unfortunately, the last one.
The monologue was pretty typical of recent days, making jokes about his future, making indirect jokes about his former home of NBC. His new bit that is supposed to milk NBC of a lot of money was pretty funny as well. The last couple of nights he’s been releasing a comedy bit known as “skits that aren’t as funny as they are expensive.” Last night it was an expensive Kentucky Derby race horse watching restricted NFL footage on a huge plasma television. According to O’Brien this gig cost NBC a whopping $4.5 million! Talk about going out in style!
Ben Stiller also made a brief appearance on the show. He stopped by and gave a funny little public service announcement on how building $50 million studios that are only used for seven months is bad for the environment. He also put together a great little montage of what he believed to be the “classic Tonight Show moments” that he enjoyed. And as one could imagine, his clips were entirely of his appearance on a previous episode of the show.
Things really got funny though when Robin Williams came on. As people well know, Williams is not the most conservative comedian out there and he was a perfect choice for the second last episode’s guest! It started right from the beginning with Williams commenting on how the studio as an apartment was too big and could never be rented. He then commented on the view in the background of LA. Screaming at the people stating “you gave me the wrong view!” over and over he turned his back to the camera, went up to the back drop and of course grabbed his crotch! Classic late night television! I felt as though I was watching history in the making.
Where Williams really got me laughing was just towards the end of his interview when he decided to sing to Conan an Irish “lament”. It basically ended with Williams dancing around the stage singing in an over exaggerated Irish accent “As for NBC F*** the bastards they can’t take a joke!” over and over again, whilst waving two middle fingers around. There was something about watching Robin Williams on the stage of the “Tonight Show” waving middle fingers and telling NBC to basically shove off, with Conan O’Brien dancing with him and Andy Richter slapping his knees on the couch that screamed to me this is not something I see everyday and this is truly the end of an era in late night.
It’s such a shame that these last few episodes for Conan have had the highest ratings and in my opinion the funniest skits of all time! NBC should reconsider, keep him on and just let him do what he’s been doing, it’s drawing the crowds in like ants to a picnic!
** By the way Jan 22 looks to be a great show,both Will Ferrel AND Tom Hanks will be on the show! Can’t wait for 11:35pm to roll around!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSCfoIAVqh4 <====Click this link to see the hilarious ending of his interview!!!!