Remember when Conan used to do the “If They Mated” segment?
I figured I’d take a shot at one myself. So let’s say Quincy Jones had a kid with, uhhh…I don’t know, let’s say that waitress from Twin Peaks. I mean, it’s like a zero percent chance those two have ever even met, right? Well, if they did meet and mate, their kid might look something like this:
She looks kind of familiar, like I’ve seen her somewhere or something. Weird.
Forget about The Super Bowl, I’m watching The XFL Million Dollar Game!
Wait..what do you mean it only happened once and doesn’t exist anymore? It was supposed to be “real football” with trash talking announcers, rewards for unnecessary roughness, half naked cheerleaders, teams named after criminal activity, and something called “The Injury Zone.” HOW COULD IT FAIL? Oh, it was on NBC.
I had been wanting to see Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop for a while and I finally got to watch it the other day. Basically, if you like Conan O’Brien you’ll like the movie.
A lot of people who dislike Conan said that during the “Tonight Show fiasco” he was whining, entitled, and should just go away since he got $45 million. In reality, he never whined other than making monologue jokes and was only entitled because he was the host of The Tonight Show and was trying to protect his staff along with his life long dream. This movie proves that he’s not the type of person to sit around complaining while counting his money, he’s the type that goes on a nationwide tour to perform for his fans and keep his staff employed.
The behind the scenes nature of the movie really proves how realistic The Larry Sanders Show was, particularly one scene where you see Conan looking miserable back stage and then running out in front of a crowd, much like on Sanders. I had read some reviews that said Conan came across as a jerk in this movie but I think he acts pretty much as expected. He jokes around with his staff and throws a few meaner jokes at Jack McBrayer, but they’re all in on the joke, just like they are during his TV show.
My only complaint is that I would’ve liked to have seen some behind the scenes footage of the new TBS show and maybe a DVD of at least one complete performance from the tour. Even without those, it’s definitely a film worth watching. Fans of Conan will enjoy seeing him joking through some of the best and worst moments of his life while some people, mostly Leno fans, will go on hating Conan for whatever reason. That’s like us hating Native Americans because they wanted to keep the land that we took from them.
My Apology For Watching Leno
I would like to sincerely apologize to fans of comedy and television everywhere for having watched The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on June 16th 2011. I consider myself to be a loyal viewer of David Letterman and Conan O’Brien’s programs and do not normally condone any viewing of Jay Leno. I meant no ill will towards Mr Letterman or Mr O’Brien’s programs, however, on this day I tuned in to Mr Leno’s program in order to watch his guest, the hilarious Larry David. While I am an equal opportunity laugher, my friends know that in my heart I find Mr Leno to be clearly unfunny in every context. I hope that the comedy and television community can find it in their hearts to forgive me.
Unfortunately, I will have to tune in to Mr Leno’s program once again next week to see the great Louis CK. I hope that people can understand that I am watching Mr Leno’s show for his comedic genius guests and not for his own horrible attempt at “comedy”. Please take notice that I cringed every time Mr Leno opened his mouth and did not laugh once at his remarks in the June 16th Larry David episode. Once again, I apologize from the bottom of my heart and hope that you can find it somewhere within yourself to forgive me.
Stuff I Found Funny A Week Ago (6)
Or a couple of weeks ago…..
- The trailers for Our Idiot Brother (here), Horrible Bosses (here), and 30 Minutes or Less (here) finally came out.
- David Letterman and Stephen Colbert had crossover episodes (here)
- Ricky Gervais was on a couple of shows. (Daily Show 1 & 2, Letterman)
- Tina Fey was on just about every show possible (Letterman, Ferguson, Conan, Fallon, SNL)
- Paul Scheer reviewd Fast Five on his podcast How Did This Get Made? and Adam Scott was a guest (here).
- Judd Apatow was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for their annual Yacht Rock episode (here) and then was on Conan (here) to promote Bridesmaids.
- It seems like Mindy Kaling is on Craig Ferguson every two weeks but it always ends up being funny (here).
- In case you live under a rock, Will Ferrell shaved off Conan’s beard (here), then brought back his George Bush (here), went on The Daily Show (here) and Craig Ferguson’s show (here).
- SNL’s Gilly and Penelope were brutally murdered by their creator, Kristen Wiig. Can’t say I disagree with it (here).
- Amy Poehler was on David Koechner’s Always Open (here).
- I hate the idea of watching Jay Leno but I couldn’t pass up watching Paul Reiser promote his show that NBC had already canceled (here). Really surprised Leno didn’t do the “Never Believe your Contract” joke for the hundredth time.
- Bill Murray was on Letterman (here) and Steve Martin was on Conan (here).
- Happy Endings sounds like a cliche show but it’s definitely not. It’s got an awesome cast, great guest stars, and is really funny, check it out (Hulu).
- If you’re made of money, you should donate to help get Mark Duplass and Katie Aselon’s movie (here) and Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael’s movie (here) made.
Stuff I Found Funny A Week Ago (3)
- Louis CK is probably the funniest human alive, and on this radio show he asks Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld if he is a lizard space alien who eats Mexican babies and human flesh. He does not deny it. (here)
- This website has a list of every fake movie and TV show from 30 Rock. (here)
- Eagleheart is definitely one of the craziest shows on TV and one of the funniest. Check out these rejected billboards, some of which are horrible. (here)
- Comedian Harland Williams brought some absurdity to Conan. (here)
- Norm MacDonald eats lollipops during radio interviews. (here and here)
- Patton Oswalt promotes his new book on Craig Ferguson. (here)
- Speaking of Craig Ferguson, go to this website and you can create a free account and watch his new stand-up movie Does This Need to be Said? (here)
- Doug Benson had the cast of Parks and Recreation on his podcast. (here)
- On Late Night Chris Pratt says he was a traveling salesman and lived in a van…but my question is was it down by the river? (Part 1 and Part 2)
- There’s another article by Tina Fey in The New Yorker, this time about SNL, and now I wish I had a subscription to The New Yorker. (here)
- Howard Stern and Jimmy Kimmel are vacation buddies on Jimmy Kimmel Live. (Part 1)
- I wish I was at SXSW so I could see the new “Mean Conan” documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop. (here)
- Zach Galifianakis hosting SNL was really good again (here). I liked how they took this "hamburger" catchprase comedian and made this Kings of Catchprase commercial about it.