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 (5)
Or a couple weeks ago:
- Party Down’s Martin Starr and Lizzy Caplan were on Julie Klausner’s The Cat Whisperer (here)
- Will Forte was back as the angry Ted Turner on Conan (here) and then later Conan threw chairs around (here). They had a ton of good guest on, like Tracy Morgan (here), Danny McBride (here), Colin Quinn and Jack McBrayer (here).
- Once every few years there’s an awesome week when Norm MacDonald is on everything, that was last week. (Letterman, Stern, Daily Show, Stand Up, Kimmel)
- Richard Lewis failed to complete a single thought on The Daily Show so they extended his segment on the Internet (Part 1, Part 2).
- Chris Gethard tracks down and confronts an Internet troll (here).
- Funny or Die had some good videos like Gilbert Gottfried’s video Too Soon (here) and When Harry Met Sally 2 (here).
- Community’s Donald Glover was on Late Night (Part 1, Part 2) and The Office’s Ellie Kemper was on Conan (here).
- Sarah Silverman was on Conan (here) and on Always Open (here) along with Will Arnett (here).
- The Artist Formerly Known as Hank Kingsley, Jeffrey Tambor was on Craig Ferguson (Part1, Part 2)
- Marc Maron did stand-up and sit-down on Craig Ferguson (here) and had Conan O’Brien on his podcast (here).
- Regis Philbin and David Letterman always make for an entertaining show together (here)
- SNL writer Colin Jost breaks down his Time Warner cable bill in The New Yorker (here)
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.
Stuff I Found Funny a Week Ago
I like funny things and most people like funny things, so here are things I found funny a week ago (or my attempt to make a relevant yet week late post)
Chris Elliott joins the NYPD on Letterman (here).
Chris Elliott and Andy Richter disturbingly watch Skins on Conan (here).
Craig Ferguson on Conan confuses you as to what late night show you’re watching (here).
Portlandia's shockingly realistic portrayal of dumpster divers (here).
Dana Carvey emerges from obscurity like Puxsutawney Phil yet is still hilarious (here).
The Complete Oral History of Party Down answers every question a person who has seen the show way too many times, like me, could possibly have (here).
Tina Fey’s essay in The New Yorker (here)
The most random hobby you can have: extreme ironing (here).
Watch Lookwell if you haven’t seen it. It was created by Conan O’Brien and Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) and stars Adam West as an actor who used to play a detective on TV. It only lasted one episode but has a ton of good lines, like “perhaps if you watched a little more television you’d be better at your job”.