Saturday, February 21, 2009

TV: Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Well i just finished watching the very last episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. This show first aired in 1993 after David Letterman left for his own show in a new time slot and new channel. Over the last 16 years i would tune into Conan because i was always ensured a laugh or two or three. For years i have said between him, Jay Leno and David Letterman, Conan was the best on tv. I still believe that. He will now replace Jay Leno on the Tonight Show, following in the footsteps of the great Johnny Carson.

I'm glad to know that this isn't really good bye, but just a see you later. Sure the show wont be the same, Conan cant get away with a lot of the things he said or did in his new time slot but its still Conan and he really made the program. He used to write for SNL, when it was good, and he wrote for the Simpsons. He was an unknown that was given a shot and for 16 years he did a better job than a lot of more qualified people who tried to do the same thing.

A lot of shows have come and gone in the past 16 years. In fact what other show has been on for as long? The Simpsons, probably my favorite show of all time. Both wonderful shows and Late Night never got the recognition it deserved. The famous Chuck Norris jokes started on Conan's show, did you know that? Triumph the insult comic dog was also from that show along with many more pop culture type things that go unknown.

Any fan of the show knows this is the end of an era. When i would watch Conan it would take me back to the early 90's with the same jokes and characters that i loved back then. All of the great shows of the past have come and gone, they are all there now but one. The Simpsons. Once that show goes off the air ill probably stop watching TV altogether really. Its sad for me in a lot of ways.

I just want to say, Thank you Conan for making me laugh and smile night in and night out for the last 16 years, and although you'll have a new show you will always have my support. Conan O'Brien is clearly the best host of a talk show on tv right now and he has been for 16 years, but thats just my two cents.

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