Wednesday, September 10, 2003

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Conan O'Brien's 10th anniversary

This weekend NBC will air the 10th anniversary celebration of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In those ten years, I've gone from someone who would watch the show on occasion to someone who desperately needs to be asleep by the time he's on.

That said, he's still a funny guy. For those fellow readers who need their sleep, go read Conan's commencement speech to the Havard Class of 2000 -- it's pretty damn funny. Here's part of his closing:

So, that's what I wish for all of you: the bad as well as the good. Fall down, make a mess, break something occasionally. And remember that the story is never over. If it's all right, I'd like to read a little something from just this year: "Somehow, Conan O'Brien has transformed himself into the brightest star in the Late Night firmament. His comedy is the gold standard and Conan himself is not only the quickest and most inventive wit of his generation, but quite possible the greatest host ever."

Ladies and Gentlemen, Class of 2000, I wrote that this morning, as proof that, when all else fails, there's always delusion.

Read the whole thing.

posted by Dan on 09.10.03 at 12:03 PM


you know, you could watch the previous night's show on Comedy Central at, like 6 p.m.

posted by: chrisapps on 09.10.03 at 12:03 PM [permalink]

What's a little scary is that that reads like it could have been lifted from the cover story in the August 31 Boston Globe Magazine, "The Funniest Man on TV: After 10 years doing late-night comedy, Conan O'Brien rules," by Don Aucoin.

"From awkward beginnings, he has evolved into a highly skilled wordsmith-farceur, a dare-to-be-silly impresario of comic dosorder who night after night cooks up a stange postmodern mix that shouldn't work but somehow does. Among the late-night hosts working today, O'Brien boasts the most agile comic mind, the quickest-on-the-feet interviewing style, the cleverest writers, and the most original blend of verbal and physical comedy. He is the most versatile sketch performer of the late-night cadre, and he brings a sheer likability to the mix that is crucial for longevity in television's midnight hour." pp. 14-15

posted by: Roger Sweeny on 09.10.03 at 12:03 PM [permalink]

Does Conan realise that his debut was the same day the "Oslo Accords" were signed at the White House?
Love to hear his Take on that.

posted by: Barry on 09.10.03 at 12:03 PM [permalink]

I have been in the music profession for many
years and have a fabulous sense of humor which is
needed to stay in this business. BUT, I will
never understand why Conan is on the air. He is
possibly the MOST stupid comedian I have ever
heard. Even with floor shows in Pittsburgh, I
have never encountered anyone so stupid. After
Jay's show is over, if I am in another part of
my house, I literally run so I can turn the TV
to another program. ANY other program. He is
just disgusting and the people who think he is

posted by: sandra staley on 09.10.03 at 12:03 PM [permalink]

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