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An end of a late night era has just come to a close.  Conan O’Brien bid his farewells to NBC and his fans on his final episode of “The Tonight Show”.  The show was very well put together and included quite a few high profile guests to send him on his way. Conan seemed very humble throughout the show.  There seemed to be a different side to him tonight, he didn’t act like the NBC bashing man he was for the last couple of weeks.  In fact he seemed thankful to NBC for everything they gave him over the years despite the recent differences they have had.

He seemed to be very modest about everything and didn’t portray much hate towards the company that housed him for over twenty years.  In fact a comment that he made towards the end of the show was very surprising to me.  He stated that young people should not be cynical about this whole situation, mentioning that cynicism was his least favourite quality because it gets people nowhere.  This remark really resonated with me because I would have expected him to be full of cynical thoughts given his situation.   He mentioned he was very lucky to have even had his job for seven months and that to host the “Tonight Show” is every comics dream.

The way that Conan ended his show tonight displayed to everyone that he is the better man in this situation.  He ended it with dignity and class, and it looked much better then going out guns blazing at NBC.  It showed that he was a bigger man who is modest about the circumstances and he is looking forward to the future and he is not going to dwell on the incident. He didn’t even blame anyone once during the whole show for the fiasco.  Even though he could have been full of hate and spite tonight, he chose to show the nation that he has class and that should land him a high place in the book of respect.

I think he is setting a good example for people. At least on the camera he seemed to hold no malice towards anyone which seems like a good thing for people to follow.   Sure it has been fun to watch him the last few weeks really “stick it to the man” as it were, but he  brought everything back to reality, that this is all just show business and that there is a real world out there with real problems.  Throughout the show he kept mentioning the name of a charity for people to donate for relief efforts in Haiti.  I applaud him for the way he handled his last show, he really made a point to make people realize that what happened to him isn’t anything compared to what is going on in the real world.

As the credits began to roll across the bottom of the screen at then end of the show, I really couldn’t help but feel like I was losing a friend.  A friend who brought me laughs for years almost every night at the end of a hard day. I can’t wait to see him on the airwaves again as soon as he can get on them.  Late night just simply isn’t the same anymore.

Farewell Coco, many good things lie ahead for you I’m sure. Thanks for the laughs.

—Matthew Casey

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!

—Matthew Casey

** 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! <====Click this link to see the hilarious ending of his interview!!!!