Monday, June 8, 2009
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
Okay, so it's been a week since Conan has made his debut on The Tonight Show. So what do we think of how they're running it and how he is as a comedic presence on the show?
I didn't think the transition would be very hard for him since he has already completed around thirteen years on Late Night. I know he's gaining a younger audience, but he has such a big fan base to back him up. Even adults and older adults can enjoy his humor.
For the past week, he's hardly been able to control the crowd once he comes out. People are just so excited to see him and his show. I think it's an overwhelming success. I think he was nervous about making the transition (even if he doesn't show it) and was kind of insecure about its success. That thread even came through when Will Ferrell (the first guest) made comments about it, jokingly, and even sang a "goodbye/farewell" song to him, saying that he probably won't make it through.
Even still, its popularity is prevalent, and the jokes are strong.
Conan was pretty busy when he wasn't on the air for those few months! He's been doing all of these short films where he visits places in California, and there's a lot of them. They really kept him busy! Their ideas are pretty genius though: visiting Universal Studios, shopping on "Rodeo" Drive, playing around in a sound effects studio, and having tests on older adults to test out Conan's comedy and how they like it or not. Conan never seizes to amaze me.
I am very relieved to see that most of the same humor and sketches are still the same, but I am so surprised to see how much money Conan recieves now for his show! They used to recieve very little, which made the comedy and the sketches hilarious, and now they have high-tech stuff and a lot of money coming in. It's good, but it's just different.
His set is really nicely done, but I'm not in love with the background behind Conan when he gives his monologue. It's kind of plain--nothing I would expect for him. But, I am glad that he's made the transition well!
However, I'm not the greatest fan of having Andy Richter back on the show. He ditched Conan to begin with to start his huge "career", and now that that hasn't gone anywhere, here he comes crawling back. He's not even that funny. He's actually kind of pathetic. Conan is so much better and so much more hilarious. And what's with his little booth on the side? It's kind of weird and out of place. I wish they would have him more off to the side, but I am still glad that he's not sitting next to Conan to take him off the splotlight. That would be too much for me.
AND! They recently CHANGED In the Year 2000... ! I couldn't believe it. I wondered if they were going to because they have the opportunity to do so with the new show, and they HAVE changed the title to In the Year 3000. I guess it's the right thing to do, but I kind of liked that it was in the past because it added to the hilarity of the whole thing. Their new jump suits are hilarious too. That's what I'm talking about when it comes to having more money for sketches now.
Their guests have been PHENOMENAL too. I've been enjoying the show SO MUCH. It is crammed with hilarious moments and well-thought-out sketches. It's very well written and planned. So far they've had acts like Will Ferrell, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Tom Hanks, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Gwenyth Paltrow. Very, verl cool.
I think this show will go far. It already has so much hype and popularity--who can't love Conan? He's just so lovable and hilarious. When he tells the simplest stories, they are absolutely to die for. He has a rare talent that I am glad is finally being noticed and recognized. Amen.
So what do you think of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien?