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By Matthew Casey

Okay wow.  I knew it was going to be bad, but “bad” is not the proper word for the first Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  I would have to say the word to describe it is dreadful.  I went into the show trying to convince myself that it might (and I use that sparingly) be a good show.  For some odd reason I figured that Leno would have changed his style a bit.  I was clearly mistaken and really I shouldn’t be surprised about it.

Where to start with this train wreck…? The opening was just plain horrible and lame! The play on the whole seven months being a bad dream was just boring.   I was glad to see Betty White though, God I love that lady!  Secondly the monologue was so typical of  Lenoism humour–hey I think I just invented a term here!  He stays safe and predictable all the time.  All of his jokes are based on sexual suggestions and the type of comedy that your Uncle Bob tells at the yearly family reunion.

The whole searching for a desk skit really provided to me a cross-section of Jay’s target audience.  Every house he went to the people were quite old one guy even had his pajamas on at seven pm according to Jay.  This showed that Jay’s audience is mostly made up of 65-95 year old people in my opinion.   These are the people who Jay so painfully reaches out to by refusing to change his boring comedic style.  By focusing on these people I feel that Leno alienates a younger audience and in my opinion that’s who he should be trying to target.  Soon all of Jay’s audience will be so old that they wont be able to stay up past nine pm and they may have to move the show to an earlier time slot to accommodate them!

After we were graced by the style of this insightful piece we then meet Jamie Foxx as the first guest.  He is a great actor and I respect him.  But his attempts at hyping up the audience for Jay was as sad as watching a little puppy being hit by a car.  I thought to myself, how much did NBC or Leno have to pay Foxx to get him to turn a lackluster Blackeyed Peas song, I Got  A Feeling , into a version of “Tonight’s going to be a Jay night“?  Really? It didn’t even make that much sense.   So while Foxx was a great guest, I just feel sorry that he was on such a horrible show!  The only exciting part was when he broke his water glass on the floor just before going to commercial.

He then interviewed Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn which was okay.  Again, Jay had to put his same old boring slap stick comedy in there by showing a Sports Illustrated magazine with Jay on the cover in a skiing position instead of Vonn.   He showed this because apparently Vonn has gotten some controversy over her pose on the cover saying that it was a sexually suggestive pose.   The fact is though that is how you ski!  But again Jay’s attempt at evoking a laugh from me here failed.

Finally the show reached its long overdue homestretch with musical guest Brad Paisley.  This show just seemed to drag on and on! It was the longest hour of my life.  Paisley did an excellent job singing his latest hit “American Saturday Night”.  Although, I have to say that I was disappointed when he replaced a chorus line in the song.  The line is supposed to be “Live from New York it’s Saturday Night!” as an homage to the great American institution which is Saturday Night Live.  Instead Paisley replaced it to “Jay it up” as it were with “Live from Burbank it’s Saturday Night.”  In my opinion it was another feeble attempt at revving up the “Jaymobile” that at least for me failed.

So with all of that the credits FINALLY rolled! And this nightmare was over.   So I ask myself, do I tune in tomorrow as well? I might, just to see how horrible Sarah Palin makes herself look after her interview.  But after that not a chance!  I won’t be watching the Tonight Show again and that’s a fact. I guess my late night is restricted to Saturday Night Live from here on out.

My rating of the first show is F–Jamie Foxx or not, this show deserves NOTHING more than that except maybe to be pulled off the air!

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