You don’t tend to think of Conan as an old school late night host, but he’s been doing it for 23 years now. In those 23 years, he’s had the chance to meet a lot of funny people, but it was clear from last night that Garry Shandling was someone he really enjoyed being around. Conan dedicated his entire monologue to Shandling, the comic, writer, producer and actor who died yesterday at the age of 66. For my generation, Shandling might not have been the most famous or noteworthy comic (his second show ended when I was 10), but if you look around you’ll notice he has influenced a lot of things we love. Have you ever enjoyed a Judd Apatow movie? Well in part you have Shandling to thank for that, who gave Judd his first big break as a writer on ‘The Larry Sanders Show’. There’s a realness to most Apatow comedies that make them different, and a lot has to do with the things he learned from his mentor. Do you enjoy Ricky Gervais, or Michael Scott? The characters and shows created by Gervais were inspired by Shandling’s Larry Sanders, characters that made you cringe and want to look away, but you couldn’t stop watching the train wreck. Those characters show us the sides of ourselves that we may not admit to publicly, but we watch them because deep down we know they’re apart of us too.
Bill Murray Popped Out Of A Cake & Hung Out With People On The Street During His Final Appearance With David Letterman
Unless you live under a rock (which if you do, I’m terribly sorry) then you know David Letterman’s final Late Night show is tonight. Celebrities have been appearing/giving tributes for the past few weeks (I wrote about Eddie Vedder’s appearance yesterday) but it’s not quite a send off until Bill Murray gets involved. Well he got involved last night, and it was silly and wonderful and everything you love about a Bill Murray appearance. He popped out of a cake, hugged Letterman and high fived audience members while covered in cake, then ventured outside and led people on the streets in a chant asking Dave not to leave the air. Bill Murray for the win, again and again.
The ‘Colbert Report’ Ended It’s Magical Run Last Night With A Song & Basically Every Guest It’s Ever Had
Stephen Colbert, like Jon Stewart before him, changed the way we viewed the news. Before guys like Stewart and Colbert, the news was portrayed in two ways: the gloomy, depressing approach that local and national nightly shows took or the jokey, light hearted approach that late night talk show hosts used. Stewart and Colbert were able to combine these two approaches into a thirty minute TV show that never, ever disappointed. It was an intellectual discussion on politics and world events mixed with the best writing staffs on television. What other show could feature the host having a discussion with Smaug on one show and then the next night have Henry Kissinger sitting in the same chair talking politics? Colbert the person will be heading to take over for David Letterman on CBS, but Colbert the character will always be remembered for making the news fun while still staying smart and informative. He influenced a generation of people for the better, and that’s not something that no one will ever be able to deny. Last night his run ended, as Randy Newman, Jon Stewart, and what seemed like every guest Colbert has ever had on his show showed up to send him off in style. While Colbert the character will be missed, I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us on Late Night. Farwell, Stephen Colbert. We’ll meet again some sunny day (in September).
P.S. The only other song I would’ve accepted here? Short people:
Love me some Bill Nye, Love me some Seth Meyers. Bill nye needs to work on his comedic timing just a bit, but I guess you don’t have time for any of that stuff when you are off saving the world. Seth Meyers putting the bit on his back like only he knows how to.
Join Seth as he takes you from his old job to his new one. He is going to kill that time slot…if only he could find his desk.