Funny Jokes About NBC Talk Show Problem

January 13, 2010 by  
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All of the late night talk show hosts had a few jokes last night about the Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien fiasco at NBC. Jay Leno joked about being fired and Conan O’Brien discussed his options for the future. While David Letterman stuck to a traditional monologue, Jimmy Kimmel dressed up as Jay Leno.

Here are last night’s jokes from both Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien:

Here is David Letterman’s monologue from last night:

Here is Jimmy Kimmel Live (or is it Jay Leno Live?):

Here is Jimmy Kimmel (as Jay Leno) doing those funny Headlines:

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Conan O’Brien Takes A Stand

January 12, 2010 by  
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Conan O'BrienIt is no secret that I am a fan of Conan O’Brien.

The big news in the late night talk show industry recently has been NBC trying to handle the issue of working out a new schedule. Prime-time’s “The Jay Leno Show” has had low ratings, but that is not the main problem for the network; the problem is with many NBC affiliates complaining about a domino effect resulting in lower ratings for local newscasts.

NBC’s most recent solution is to move “The Jay Leno Show” to the timeslot inbetween local newscasts and “The Tonight Show,” which will result in “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” to both air at a later time.

In a bold move earlier today, Conan O’Brien announced that he will not be a part of this new schedule. It now looks like Jay Leno will be given the hosting duties of “The Tonight Show” for a second time.

If NBC doesn’t find another solution, then I will find it to be a terrible shame that Conan wasn’t given a real opportunity as the new host of “The Tonight Show.”

Here is Conan’s statment:

People of Earth:

In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.

Yours,

Conan

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Triumph Visits Bonnaroo

June 20, 2009 by  
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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog recently made his first appearance on “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien.”

Triumph was at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this month, which is an annual four day event in Tennessee. Triumph visited with attendees and interviewed various musicians. Max Weinberg, the drummer for Conan O’Brien and Bruce Springsteen, makes a special (and strange) appearance.

I admit that the video isn’t Triumph’s funniest, but most of it is entertaining.

Part 1:


Part 2:

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Big Announcements From Rock Band And Guitar Hero

June 8, 2009 by  
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Today’s Music Monday post will be about two things I enjoy, music and video games.

I admit that I own all three major gaming systems, but I have never played Rock Band or Guitar Hero. This may change soon.

It was recently announced that The Beatles’ version of Rock Band will be released this year on September 9. Not only does the game include classic venues, such as the Ed Sullivan Theater and Shea Stadium, but it comes packaged with replicas of the band’s instruments. The announcement is considered big news, especially considering how select the surviving band members seem to have been lately when it comes to using their music and name in the new digital world. More information, including the video game trailer and videos from E3, can be found on the game’s official website.

Guitar Hero, Rock Band’s competition, will be releasing a new game featuring Van Halen. From the limited information that has been leaked online, the game will consist of Van Halen’s greatest hits and appearances by several guest bands. Michael Anthony, Van Halen’s original bass player, has been replaced by Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang (in the game and in real life); this strange move doesn’t surprise me as I have heard several stories, whether they be true or not, about how Eddie has mistreated Michael Anthony over the years. Also, the game will not include Sammy Hagar; I can not argue that the Sammy Hagar era of Van Halen had some great songs, but to me, Van Halen is David Lee Roth.

On a similar note, Sammy Hagar and Micahel Anthony have recently formed a new supergroup called Chickenfoot; their new band also includes guitarist Joe Satriani and the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s former drummer Chad Smith.

Watch the Guitar Hero bootleg video from E3:


Watch Chickenfoot’s performance on “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” from this past Friday night:

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The Tonight Show Set Looks Familiar

June 5, 2009 by  
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First, I want to say that I have been watching “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” every night this week. I find the show to be funny and entertaining, and I feel Conan is doing great so far. Unlike Jay Leno, Conan reminds me of the great Johnny Carson in many ways; I hope Conan will have the same longevity as host that Johnny had.

Moving on, I came across something interesting this afternoon. Someone with too much spare time feels that the design of Conan O’Brien’s new set on “The Tonight Show” was taken from the video game Super Mario Brothers.

Obviously, the background on the talk show’s set was not patterned after the video game. The example picture contains many different scenes from the Nintendo game cut up into pieces and spliced together so it will match the shapes in the set’s background; This method could be done with any video game, but Super Mario Brothers was a great choice.

The video game theory behind the set’s odd design was very creative.

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The First Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien

June 2, 2009 by  
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Last night, Conan O’Brien made his debut as the new host of “The Tonight Show.” As a fan of “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” I was relieved to see that Conan kept his word about not “growing up” and toning down his sense of humor. It was also nice to find out that Conan’s “Late Night” staff, including his house band with Max Weinberg, moved to California. Also, Andy Richter is once again reunited with Conan as the show’s new announcer.


Watch the entire first episode with guests Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam

Here is the opening video that played at the beginning of the first show:

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The Legacy Of Jay Leno

May 30, 2009 by  
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Last night was Jay Leno’s final show as host of “The Tonight Show.” In September, Jay will host a new talk show in prime time on NBC.


Watch the entire final episode with guests Conan O’Brien and James Taylor

To close the show, Jay discusses the legacy he will leave behind him:

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The First Week Of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

March 10, 2009 by  
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I was able to watch most of Jimmy Fallon’s star-studded first week as the new host of “Late Night” last week.

Even though quite a few critics have given Jimmy Fallon negative reviews, I found the show to be refreshing and fun. Along with having The Roots as the show’s house band (yes, they will be on every night), the show is a nice mixture of games, comedy skits, and guest interviews in a party-like atmosphere. My only complaint about the show is the backdrop behind the desk; I really like cityscapes on talk show sets, but the water makes me feel like the show is being filmed on a boat.

It is obviously hard to judge and critique a talk show within the first week. For the critics who doubt Fallon’s ability to host a talk show, give him some time. Conan O’Brien was terrible during his first year after replacing David Letterman, and look where Conan is now.

On March 2, the first show began with Conan O’Brien cleaning out his desk:


Watch Jimmy Fallon and Cameron Diaz have a dance-off:


Watch some highlights from the entire first week:

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Getting Ready For Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

March 1, 2009 by  
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Tomorrow night will be the debut of Jimmy Fallon as the new host of “Late Night” on NBC. I am not sure how the former “Saturday Night Live” actor will do as a talk show host, but I am interested to see what happens.

To get ready for the first big show, here is Jimmy Fallon discussing his new job with Conan O’Brien a few weeks ago:

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Conan’s Goodbye Speech

February 21, 2009 by  
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While growing up, one of my favorite television shows was “Late Night With David Letterman.” I remember Johnny Carson taking many vacations and not working on Mondays, but someone like Gary Shandling or Jay Leno would fill in on “The Tonight Show” as a guest host; one of my “dream jobs” was to be a regular guest host for David Letterman.

In 1993, Johnny Carson retired and Jay Leno was announced as the new host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC. David Letterman then left “Late Night” and moved to CBS, where he would be on television an hour eariler to compete against “The Tonight Show.” An unknown writer was soon named as the new host of “Late Night.” It was Conan O’Brien who was replacing David Letterman.

Since I was a huge fan of “Late Night With David Letterman,” I had videotaped the first few shows for both David Letterman and Conan O’Brien in 1993 (the VHS tapes are still in a box stored away somewhere). I thought “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” was terrible; the show was not funny and the monologue did not seem to include jokes about current events. After a few weeks, I stopped watching. Eventually, the show was televised three hours after “The Tonight Show” in Houston and I soon forgot about it for the most part.

Many years later, I noticed Comedy Central was replaying the previous night’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” show each afternoon. I watched a few episodes while I was on vacation one week and noticed a huge difference from the first season: Conan was funny; the writing was funny; the monologue had jokes about current events; the show was great. From what I remember, the show still had a bad timeslot in Houston, but I did watch it if I was awake. The show was eventually moved back to the correct timeslot following “The Tonight Show.”

“The Tonight Show” has always been known to have an older audience, and “Late Night” caters to a younger generation; my main concern (which seemed to be the same for many other people) about Conan O’Brien becoming the new host of “The Tonight Show” was that he would be told to tone down his sense of humor. Conan’s fans were relieved to hear Conan state that he will not grow up and change his sense of humor.

Watch the final minutes of “Late Night” as Conan says goodbye:

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