It’s Conan’s last week on The Tonight Show and he’s going out with a bang.
His contract allegedly gives him $40 million and the opportunity to go work for another network as soon as possible, so long as he no longer makes fun of NBC.
WHATEVER, NBC. YOU ARE TERRIBLE AND YOU DESERVE EVERYTHING YOU GET! ENJOY THE TASTE OF LAST PLACE!
But they didn’t tell Conan he couldn’t sing about how dumb they are. So he broke out into a couple of bars of “Morons! Incompetent morons!” It’s a retro pastiche that will clearly never be a breakaway pop hit, but I like it. It’s got moxie! And zazz!
So now that he’s accepted that this is it, that he will have to give up the Tonight Show so that Jay Leno can return to telling Brokeback Mountain jokes to sleepy red staters, Conan appears to be having a great time sticking it to NBC and being a pain in the network’s ass for the brief time he has left.
There was a huge rally in L.A. the other day and hundreds of fans showed up carrying “I’m with Coco” posters and wearing t-shirts with supportive slogans. I’d imagine it feels pretty good knowing that almost everybody in the world who is not an NBC executive or Jay Leno is on your side.
Speaking of people who are on Conan’s side, old friend Norm Macdonald dropped by last night to give Conan a card he meant to give him back in June. He read it out loud to hilarious effect. I’ll paraphrase:
“Congrats on finally getting your permanent gig hosting The Tonight Show. That’s something they can never take away. This is one of the shrewdest programming decisions the NBC braintrust has ever made.”
Comedy! That’s how you do it, Jay.
Speaking of schooling the world on how comedy should be, you might remember Norm as THE BEST TALK SHOW GUEST OF ALL TIME because of his appearance on Late Night when he did this:
Last night’s episode was perfect. I don’t think I could have asked for more. Norm, Quentin Tarantino and Spoon. I love Spoon. Some people (Salome) tell me I have a thing for tall, gangly, goofy-lookin’ funny guys with reddish hair. Guilty as charged. So watching the very tall Conan shake hands with the very tall Britt Daniel after Spoon played Written in Reverse, well that was a moment I will be replaying in my mind for awhile.