1. Monday, September 27, 2004

    the tonight show 50th anniversary 

    nbc

    9/27/04

    the peacock announced today that theres good news and bad news regarding the tonight show.

    the good news is actually great news.

    completely wonderful news, really

    and that is that not only is jay leno going to stop doing the tonight show in five years, 2009, which really looks like forever on paper, but it’s not, thank the lord it’s not

    but also that conan o’brien will replace him.

    we had to suffer for so long, and for some reason all i see is the grateful dead skeleton guy tipping his red white and blue striped top hat.

    lenos tonight show era has been almost unwatchable.

    compounded by the sad fact that it should have been letterman’s natural victory lap.

    but as we’ve said over and over in the busblog, life isnt fair.

    and poor dave had to make tens of millions a year at cbs

    heartbroken.

    almost exactly a year ago i had a plan for cbs and dave that included conan, but nobody ever listens to me.

    and now their only hope is bringing back the midnight special starring me and karisa live from the rainbow.

    i watched a little of the tonight show’s 50th anniversary and heard jay announce this very good news and alluded to the fact that he and dave dont talk any more, etc

    and i swear to you after the audience clapped he introduced gary shandling as someone else who got their start on the tonight show

    and i was all you little prick, i dont remember johnny having you on 40 times when no one knew you.

    but ultimately it’s on johnny, in the only unclassy thing he ever did.

    something that not only did not secure him his rightful place atop the late night throne, but spoiled a lot of the magic around it.

    so yes its great news for conan. pushing the limits and creativity should always be rewarded, and if it couldnt be dave, im glad that it’s conan. it sucks that it couldnt have been both though.

    it’s hard not to keep mentioning that.

    and yes sometimes i dream about having a cable access television show.

    called bloggers.

    with raymi as my ed mcmahon.

    and after i do something great on the show, or say something funny, i would let the audience recover, stretch my arm out, and say and now, green day!

    well last monday, a week ago, your next president was on the late show. and dave interviewed him and then had him read off the top ten list.

    and when he was done, i swear to you, they went to commercial, came back, and dave asked

    is the election going to be close

    and kerry said

    i hope not

    and dave said,

    do you have a prediction

    and kerry said

    i have a prediction that im going to win

    the audience clapped

    and dave said

    senator john kerry ladies and gentlemen

    we’ll be back with green day.

    and i always wondered what happens when your dreams come true

    i’ll have to ask dave how mine was.

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