Conan, a Class Act.
I sat down on the upper levels of the Gibson Amphitheater. I had an expensive margarita in my hand because I felt the occasion called for one. I was wearing my Conan O Brien T-shirt two of my most foxiest and coolest friends gave me as a birthday present many years ago. You could feel the collective energy roam the theater. Any moment now, one of our generations most beloved icons will appear on stage before us.
What unfolded before us was Conan’s version of a classic variety show. Singing, dancing, great comedy bits, special surprise guests and of course Chuck Norris clips. Conan was so on top of his game you realize that NBC did screw the pooch by sacking his show. This guy has got wit and charm overflowing from his 9 foot tall lanky body, with plenty left to boot.
So here I was waiting for Conan’s 60 minute interview. Was he going to be unleashed? Tear Zucker and Leno a couple of new assholes? Well….not really. He maintained civility and kept true to his word about hating cynicism. Did he have his disagreements? Yes he did. Did he criticize Leno? Yup. But overall, I loved his attitude about having no regrets about his choices that he has made. He was cool, smart, and was open to the opposing viewpoints that were presented to him.
This kind of marks an anti-climactic end to the whole Late Night War that has kept us to distracted over the past couple of months. The guy was robbed of his dream job. The dude just started hosting one of televisions GREATEST franchises only to for it to be taken away from him in a blink of an eye. Seriously, put yourself in that position and tell me if you would be able keep it as cool as Conan did in that interview. (And don’t give me that “well the dude is 20 million dollars richer crap” money will never be a cure to ripping away someone’s dream).
So when the end of the year rolls around, lets not fuck up and ignore Conan’s show. Watch it on TV or watch it online (I’m sure TBS will be smart about this and release it online). This man works his ass off to entertain and delight us. Lets try and make this show a success.