Last night on “The Tonight Show,” in what’s speculated to be one of Conan O’Brien’s final shows, NBC took a brutal beating from some expected and unexpected angles.
Guest Ricky Gervais offered his concern to the host, questioning what he will do next without any “discernible skills.” Funny, yes. True, obviously not. O’Brien actually began his career in Los Angeles as a writer for the HBO show “Not Necessarily the News.”
Immediately following, O’Brien went on to write for “Saturday Night Live” from 1987 to 1991, in which he received an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program. Then after years of writing and producing for “The Simpsons,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” earned him another Primetime Emmy after eleven previous nominations for the show. There’s no doubt whether Fox scoops him up or not, Conan has skills with some seriously justified merit.
He has, nonetheless, decided to go out with one hell of a bang. Jokes were in no short supply, and with the help of his writers, guest Ricky Gervais and character appearance by Kenneth the Page (Jack McBrayer) of “30 Rock”, NBC took blow after blow from the scorned host.
Here are some of the highlights:
10. Kenneth the Page while giving a tour: “Here’s a fun fact: NBC spent more time building this studio, than using it.”
9. Kenneth when asked to reschedule the tour: “This is the 5 o’clock tour. It’s always been the 5 o’clock tour. If it’s moved, it won’t be the same. Where would you get such an insane idea?!”
8. Ricky Gervais while plugging his role as host of The Golden Globes: “It’s NBC, it might not happen. Who knows…at least it’s live so they can’t move the time.”
7. On a list of NBC’s changes to the Winter Olympics: “Reserve the right to cancel ski jumps mid jump.”
6. Gervais: “I’m not even sure this [the episode] is going out. They may be doing reruns of Leno or something. Can we check that we are still broadcasting?”
5. Kenneth: “Here’s another fun fact: like Conan, much of the staff here uprooted and moved their families to come work here.”
4. Another NBC change to the Winter Olympics: “Move the Bronze up to Gold’s place, Silver stays where it is, and add a new medal for fourth placed called “NBC”.”
3. Another Winter Olympics modification: “Replace the flags on the giant slalom course with breached NBC contracts.”
2. In his monologue: ““I just want to say to the kids out there: you can do anything you want in life. Unless Jay Leno wants to do it, too.”
1. And finally, Gervais with the obvious assistance of network censorship: “What are they going to do? F**** fire ya? Do what you want! Let’s go crazy!”
With nowhere to go but out, Conan seems to be making quite the exit. NBC is learning a scorned comedian isn’t any joke at all.
Watch the full episode online