Conan O’Brien stayed true to form as he wrapped up his TBS show “Conan” after nearly 11 years, swinging between self-deprecation and sly humor before allowing himself a touch of sentiment.
“Try to do what you love with the people you love, and if you can, that’s the definition of heaven on Earth,” he said, marking the end of his third late-night show. in 28 years. It’s a term just after Johnny Carson’s 30th birthday in “Tonight”.
O’Brien’s Next Venture is a weekly variety series for HBO Max, set to arrive in 2022 with a format yet to be announced.
Thursday’s hour-long finale of “Conan” was largely a trip down memory lane with guest clips including Steve Martin, Tom Hanks and Sarah Silverman, and highlights from specials recorded outside of the States. United. Will Ferrell appeared by Zoom from Boston, with Jack Black on hand to greet O’Brien.
Ferrell noted that he was a guest of the conclusions of O’Brien’s previous shows, “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “Tonight,” both on NBC but with a wide variety of airs: the premiere of 1993 to 2009, the second for less than eight months in 2009-2010.
“It’s kind of become a tradition,” O’Brien said of Ferrell’s presence.
“It’s become (expletive) exhausting,” Ferrell replied. He then said a farewell which he suggested to O’Brien to bank on probable future needs, including for his new HBO Max series.
“People would say six episodes isn’t a lot, but you packed enough entertainment in it for eight episodes,” Ferrell said. He went on to congratulate him on a series of talk show flops screened on Al Jazeera and Delta Airlines, and his “classic unboxing videos” on YouTube.
O’Brien, a writer for “The Simpsons” during the Salad Age, sat down for his exit interview with surprise HR rep Homer Simpson, who was unimpressed when asked. recalled that O’Brien was a talk show host.
“Wow, a dying race,” Simpson told the animated version of O’Brien. “There are only 800 of you left.”
Black limped onto the stage with an orthopedic boot, which he and O’Brien explained was due to a severe ankle sprain that Black suffered during the pre-recording of what was supposed to be a skit. action and dance to a great finish.
In his place, Black serenaded O’Brien and his longtime sidekick Andy Richter with reworked lyrics on Frank Sinatra’s standard, “My Way.”
“Conan, you are my friend. You’re the best, just like Andy, “Black sang, changing the lyrics to honor” Con’s way. “
The host, whose gravity-defying red hairstyle has remained largely unchanged over the years, concluded the show by giving a heartfelt thank you to his colleagues, family and fans. He also shared a slice of philosophy.
“I’ve dedicated my whole adult life, my whole life, chasing this weird phantom intersection between smart and stupid,” things he said that a lot of people think can’t coexist. But when the two come together, he said, there’s a little flicker of “what kind of magic is.”
O’Brien, formerly writer for “Saturday Night Live”, was endorsed by “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels to succeed David Letterman as host of “Late Night”. Letterman moved to CBS on “The Late Show” after losing the post-Carson job “Tonight” to Jay Leno, a rivalry that became a media fixture.
In an effort to craft an orderly transition, NBC executives in 2004 anointed O’Brien to succeed Leno in 2009. After “Tonight” ratings faltered with O’Brien, Leno eventually got the show back and O’Brien has found a new home and, he said, more creative freedom at TBS.
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