On the show this evening, comedian and actor Russel Brand, author Susan Casey and musical guest The 88. Come comes out tonight in a really sharp gray suit, that my favorite suit color to wear as well. Again audience interaction via hugs, he will have to do this forever! Standard monologue so politics some topical news, the usual; good for some laughs. Conan strokes his beard at one point and likes his fingers, then says, “tastes like cinnamon”. Writer Deon Cole comes out so that Conan can thank him for the “black” Conan promo from last night (he also comments on the nice suit). The commercial was a big hit, so Deon has created another one. This time Conan is on in the background during an intense backroom poker game between to large gentleman. The Conan’s Back song plays and one player has trouble keeping his poker-face while watching Conan. Eventually he loses and does a striptease. It was ok, the original was better. More Inside!
Week 2 of Conan on TBS
Will post a short recap of 5, missed getting it posted for various reasons. On to Episode 6, featuring Harrison Ford, Rosario Dawson and Reggie Watts!! We open to the Coco chant, and more crowd interaction with Conan. Some of the jokes we rehashes from yesterday, but overall two solid monologues in a row. Conan briefly wore a knitted beard that one of his audience members was wearing and referenced it several times during the show. Conan’s a hit with the ladies; more hugs are had. One of Conan’s writers going back aways Mr. Cole comes on to let Conan know that the TBS advertising missed the “black audience”. So he produced a commercial with a bunch of black Conan fans, watching the show, sipping champagne is posh clothing, with the backing song of Conan on TBS, and Andy Richter is there too. It was pretty amusing, and was made better when Rosario Dawson later did the sexy string dance from the commercial. Full recap & Harrison Ford clip inside
If you were one of the people already looking for a recap of tonight’s Conan episode andwere unable to find… well, that’s because there is no episode to night. Apparently Conan has adopted the same strategy that they use for Lopez which is Monday through Thursday no Fridays. I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing yet. Fridays in people’s minds are reserved for going out and doing things, if that is the understanding, it make sense to not have a show that people aren’t going to watch. On the other hand, The big network rivals have their Friday shows, and Conan is not competing with them. Anyone tuning into Conan may find themselves switching over to a different host and there’s going to be a small percentage that stay.
Let’s Have a look at the guests coming up for next weeks, show. List of Next Weeks Guest and Clips of Harrison Ford from the old show inside!
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Previous Conan on TBS Episode Recaps are in the related posts near the Bottom
Before we get into the episode, a little bit about ratings. The ratings have dropped from their 1st show and some people are acting like this is surprising. Conan on TBS beat two network backed shows from a basic cable station. This is a big deal. I suspect they will dip a little bit for the remainder of the week before leveling off in the next 2-3. The numbers are still great for a basic cable show, and really I don’t think the point is to re-capture the “tonight show audience”. This is mostly for a younger demographic and those people who supported him during the fiasco and during the Late Late years. On to Conan Episode 4.
Conan’s monologue tonight was much stronger than yesterdays, including a bit where he discussed the Kanye West news. A clip of Kanye rambling on and on played in small PIP as Conan went through no less than 3 jokes. Kanye is crazy! Conan then announced that basic cable stars had come to welcome him. Out comes Bruce Jenner or Kim Kardashians dad as he is know to you youngsters. He was followed by “a hoarder” from AMC and king crabs from The Interviews and Video of Julie Bowen inside!
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***Episode 3 Recap is now up !*** Interesting idea to name the episodes of a talk show. I’m not sure if that’s been done before. So, good news for Conan fans as last night’s show drew more than 4.1 million viewers and beat Leno, Letterman and Stewart. Pretty impressive. Big numbers are a shoe-in for a debut of this much hype, so I’ll be really interested to see where average numbers sit as the show settles in. I think Conan has found a home that appreciates him to go along with his audience, so I have hope for good things. Tonight’s Episode features Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer from 30 Rock and the reunited Soundgarden.
Conan took some time to do a little more reflecting on being back and dabbled in a little traditional monologue work to start of the show. As others have noted, Conan having no barrier between him and his guests can only be of benefit to him. The monologue lead directly into a skit which involved Conan visiting the real standards and practices rep of the show, to find out “what he could and couldn’t get away with”. This was a really funny bit. I’m predicting the new slang phrase Taking Grandma to Applebies will be sweeping the nation shortly, Tom Hanks using the phrase later just increases it’s potential value. Conan along with some staff help also tested some outfits that Conan, “might wear”, the funniest part being getting the censor to approve ass-less chaps. I laughed a lot in this segment. Keep Reading for an un-aired Soundgarden Video!
American on Purpose : The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot is the autobiography of Craig Ferguson, whom most of you will know as a)Host of the Late Late Show or b)that guy that played Drew’s boss on The Drew Carey show. His journey from the small Scottish town of Cumbernauld outside Glasgow is a great read and is exactly the type of story one would associate with immigrants following the “American Dream”. I shall borrow words from other people so as not to regurgitate too many cliches in my own thoughts on this book. The Chicago Sun-Times quote on the book’s covers reads as follows, “Ferguson has given us a biographical treatment that is both brutally honest and inspirational….American on Purpose is a book that should be read.”
I, like many of you, first took notice of Ferguson on Drew Carey, because he was delightfully evil as the boss that tormented Drew. His ridiculous English accent, which he himself calls it in the book, was a perfect fit for the character. It was interesting to find out that Ferguson often thought about quitting the show, as he was bored by the work. This also was not the first time that Ferguson thought about (and actually did with an earlier job) leaveing something that was both profitable and successful for him.
The power of Craig’s story hinges on two things: an early trip to American with his father and an early addiction to alcohol. The initial trip to America Continue reading