I normally don't care much for late night TV, but I had to catch this one. I like Leno, I like Conan, so I wanted to see how the hand-off was.
Leno's series ended on a great note: He had some good lines making fun of Conan, and seemed very greatful and humbled by the crowd reaction. Conan was the only guest on the show (outside of James Taylor for a musical number), and they spoke at length about the change over.
There was some fun flashbacks, and it was really cool seeing Conan and Leno back seventeen years ago. What would have been COOLER would have been a David Letterman cameo (though I doubt CBS would have allowed it)...or perhaps a longer episode.
Total buzzkill was Fallon afterward. Sorry, I've caught five of his episodes, and he sucks. I bet Ferguson is kicking his ass in the ratings; he has more personality than fifteen hundred Fallons.
I'd like to see Fallon's numbers for other weeks. I'm not foolish enough to think that whoever I like is who the rest of America likes, but I absolutely do not understand the hate I see directed at Fallon on this board. Personally I'm not surprised to see that he's pretty handily beating Craig Ferguson. The lead-in from Leno obviously helps, but he's also had decent guests, and his show is very quickly turning into a catalog of fantastic must-see live hip-hop musical performances. The Roots are untouchable. Everything they touch seems to turn to gold. The jokes in his monologue often fall flat, but everything after that is usually pretty entertaining. Slow Jam The News is my favorite monologue bit EVER.
I don't talk to anyone else about him so I don't know how other people/friends feel about him. What I DO know is he's one of the like top 10 most followed people on twitter (over a million followers last I checked). So there are at least a few people out there that don't hate him as much as people on here.
My dislike of Fallon comes from the fact that he sounds winded not even three jokes into his monologue - it often sounds like he's gasping for air. He hardly enunciates his words, but all in all, a lot of his stuff just isn't funny.
Originally posted by OliverMy dislike of Fallon comes from the fact that he sounds winded not even three jokes into his monologue - it often sounds like he's gasping for air. He hardly enunciates his words, but all in all, a lot of his stuff just isn't funny.
Agreed. He's not even remotely funny nor entertaining.
This is another one that felt like it went through the motions. Peter doing jury duty got a few laughs, but that's a segment that definitely needed more Kool-Aid Man. The grand April Fools joke led to a tacked-on conflict between Peter and the kids.