On Friday night, I watched the last episode of Late Night with Conan O' Brien.
Yes, O'Brien took over the Late Night show from David Letterman in 1993 and is scheduled to take over The Tonight Show on May 1 after Jay Leno retires. O'Brien's successor will be Jimmy "About as Funny as Cancer" Fallon.
Now, the 11:30 p.m. time slot on NBC used to be a great thing. Letterman made it a winner and O'Brien continued its success. And, yes, I said 11:30 p.m. because I'm using central time.
With O'Brien heading to the 10:30 p.m. time slot, I can't help but think three things.
1. There isn't a thing worth watching on network television at 11:30 p.m. at night.
2. That's a shame because it will be tough to choose between Letterman and O'Brien at 10:30 p.m.
3. Will Conan get tamed when he takes over The Tonight Show?
Hey, since 1993, fans have delighted as Conan has run around irritating people and making fun of them. He's brought us such fantastic off-color characters as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and the Masterbating Bear. He spent the last week of his show, in fact, tearing up pieces of his set with a sledgehammer and and axe and handing the rubble out to audience members as souvenirs.
Will he be able to get away with those kind of antics in front of an audience that used to the tame and predictable Jay Leno? That's a real concern, folks, because I remember when Leno was an edgy young comedian who used to show up and raise hell on the Letterman show. That rebellious streak vanished about the time he took over for Johnny Carson.
So I do hope O'Brien doesn't change that much. Now, here's one of his best bits: