My favorite late night show was always Late Night with Conan O’Brien. The reason for this was simple: here was a guy hosting a show that didn’t seem to follow the normal trends of late night tv. He wasn’t bound by the constraints of network big-whigs and pressure from sponsors. He was on late enough to be able to turn that into a joke itself. This would turn into a level of humility we have never seen before.
I always feared the results of moving Conan to the Tonight Show because his brand of comedy was not that fitting for the 11:35 time slot. The show was good, but not great. Right off the bat you could see how things changed. Before, he seemed more like a free spirit and now just simply a puppet of NBC. It only made sense that the song Will Ferrell played for Conan on his last show was ‘Freebird’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
On a side note, it was interesting to see Niel Young on the show while a Skynyrd song was being played! If you don’t see the connection, it’s the lyrics from Sweet Home Alabama:
Well I heard mister Young sing about her
Well, I heard ole Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow
Anyway, it’s sad to see Conan leave, but I’m sure in seven months (when he’s able to appear on tv again), he’ll have a really great show and we all know his fans will follow him wherever he goes.