Conan bids farewell to ‘Late Night’

Posted by · 1:19 pm · February 21st, 2009

Conan O\'BrienI told myself all week to make sure I caught Conan O’Brien’s last show on Late Night yesterday, and, no big surprise, I totally forgot.  I told myself it was probably just as well since for many, many years the show fell out of favor with me.  I was a huge fan in the Andy Richter years back in my high school days, but somehow when Richter left, after maybe a year or so, Conan began to seem stale to me.  I don’t know why, I don’t know if it was growing up, whatever, but it stopped connecting.

I’ve been revisiting the show lately, mostly in the way of reminiscence since I knew the clock was ticking.  And luckily enough, given this day and age, I was able to track down the final episode here.  I kind of thought it would be same old, hollow, etc., and to some extent, it was slightly underwhelming for a farewell show.  But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a bit choked up watching this 15-year-old chapter of the late night comedy tour come to an end.

I particularly liked O’Brien’s acknowledgment of late night king (in my opinion) David Letterman, who everyone know deserved “The Tonight Show” long ago.  Here’s what the exiting “Late Night” host had to say of his soon-to-be 11:30 competition:

David Letterman invented this late night show.  He is, I believe, one of the most brilliant broadcasters for all time.  I have a terrific amount of respect for him and what he did.  He set the bar absurdly high.  Living in his shadow has been both a burden and an inspiration.

The White Stripes performed a solemn ditty and Will Ferrell made an appearance.  Andy Richter, of course, came out for a trip down memory lane, but it’s all over now.

O’Brien begins his stint hosting “The Tonight Show” June 1.

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  • 1 2-21-2009 at 4:20 pm

    Andrew L. said...

    You missed out on the Finland saga, the NYC-MTA Strike episodes, and the Writer’s Strike episodes.

  • 2 2-21-2009 at 4:25 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I caught them here and there. It wasn’t an outright blackout for a few years, mind you, just lacking interest.

  • 3 2-21-2009 at 4:35 pm

    Andrew L. said...

    Admittedly, it did border on self-indulgent the past few years, but I think it was worth getting through those cringe-worthy moments to see the brilliant ones.

    I particularly like this quote:

    “We’re going on to this next gig, and sometimes I read that it’s time for Conan to grow up [be]cause he’s going to 11:30, and I assure you, that’s just not going to happen.”

    Maybe it’s because I’m still in my early 20’s, but I love Conan and completely depressed about him leaving. I’m also upset that Jimmy Fallon is his replacement.

  • 4 2-21-2009 at 4:39 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I HATE Fallon, so yeah, that irritates me, too.