I Was with Coco.
"If you’ve ever seen a criminal standing before a firing squad and felt jealous of all the attention he was receiving, then you would have loved writing for Conan O’Brien." [via] [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha
on Aug 25, 2010 -
The Late Shift
was a 1996 HBO movie exploring the highly political world of how Jay Leno and secures the Tonight Show hosting job over David Letterman (played by a young John Michael Higgens
) after Johnny Carson retires. Jay Leno stepped down for Conan O'Brian in 2009, for a new business model of a 10 pm talk show five times a week for NBC which some called the future of television
. Leno's ratings have been abysmal, leading to major concerns among affiliates
. It now seems the man who managed to beat out David Letterman may have done it yet again, as it is being rumored that Leno will get his old timeslot back
after the Winter Olympics, leaving Conan's future uncertain.
posted by dig_duggler
on Jan 8, 2010 -
Everyman's announcer: Ed McMahon enjoyed a remarkable entertainment career. From pitching vegetable slicers to passerbyers on the Atlantic City boardwalk to delivering the original king of late night to a national audience every night for thirty years; Ed McMahon's voice is part of the American fabric. Sadly, Ed McMahon has passed away
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posted by cavalier
on Jun 23, 2009 -
Nostalgia and skepticism collide in this short video
of Uri Geller's legendary failure on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, introduced by frequent MeFi subject James Randi. More context and nostalgia in this longer version
, which features Geller with a young Barbara Walters, and on The Mike Douglas Show, along with Randi's expose of "healing evangelist" Peter Popoff.
If you want to waste even more time, just start clicking on these YouTube search results.
posted by The Deej
on Aug 5, 2007 -
The Tonight Show
celebrates its 50th anniversary of national broadcast, it was a local New York show staring in 1953
tonight. Steve Allen
was its first host, blazing the trail for all late nights to come (did you know his announcer was Gene Rayburn
?). Then came Jack Parr
. The world was a better place with Johnny Carson
making us laugh nearly every night for thirty years. Jay Leno
's rise to host was certainly not easy. And, it seems, on the show's 55th anniversary, it'll be Conan
inheriting the throne! Happy anniversary
to one of the most entertaining, groundbreaking American institutions ever.
posted by WolfDaddy
on Sep 27, 2004 -
Everyone's favorite foul-mouthed, philosophical shopclerks are back.
For those of you who missed it's premiere on the Tonight Show
a coupla days ago, the inimitable Kevin Smith has new short up on his site(Quicktime and RealMedia). Dante and Randal are back talking all about mad German Scientists, The Jetsons
and the decline of American ingenuity. Terrific, as always, Kev.
posted by jonmc
on Mar 3, 2002 -