Like a lot of people, I stopped watching late night talk shows quite some time ago. But in high school and most of college, I watched Late Night with Conan O’Brien almost every night. I’ve always found Conan to be hilarious and charmingly awkward, so there was no hesitation in siding with Team Coco during Conangate ’10.
After reading great reviews of his national comedy tour, Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television, and reading Robert Trachtenberg’s fantastic interview in Rolling Stone, I was very curious to see how Conan would perform on his 2nd first show in as many years. Who would his guests be? Would he still use the same bits and characters? Would it be funny?
Overall, I give the premiere an A-. The opening skit was phenomenal. Conan wondered, “what could they possibly do to me” for refusing to move the show to 12:05? The answer came in cameos by Jon Hamm (as Don Draper) and Larry King. During the monologue Conan seemed to be back to his old Late Night self, scooting around the stage and making awkward advances towards the audience. Conan was joined by his old sidekick Andy Richter and his new band, Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band. Love the name, by the way.
The show progressed with less skits/bits than I was expecting, but I enjoyed the interviews with Seth Rogen and Lea Michele; Jack White was amazing as usual. I did not realize that he and Conan were so tight and I loved hearing the story of how they met and how much fun they had over the summer while recording their live album.
Not sure if I will continue to tune in every single night, but if Conan continues to produce comedy like this, I will be back.
What did you think?