Did you catch the premiere of Conan’s “2nd Annual First Show” on TBS last night? Well, allow me to recap and review what you missed. BTW, let’s start off by mentioning Coco’s new grizzly beard man look. A bit weird to see an unshaven TV host on late night if you ask me.
Conan starts off his show with a filmed skit (similar to what he did on his first night on the “Tonight Show”). The skit consists of Coco getting fired from NBC for not wanting to move his show to 12:05, followed by Coco exiting the NBC Studios and getting shot in a blaze of tommy-gun fire. The skit then cuts to Conan out of work and his attempts at finding other jobs (including applying @ Jon Hamm’s company from “Mad Men”, Burger King, and a birthday clown). I won’t spoil the rest but let’s just say that Conan ends up in another blaze of tommy-gun fire.
–THE OPENING MONOLOGUE
After the opening credits, Andy Richter introduces Conan and Coco proceeds to do his usual shtick of jumping up and down and silly dance moves. After a few “thank you’s” to the audience, Coco proceeds to do some light bashing on NBC. While he doesn’t mention Jay Leno, Coco proceeds to make cracks like, “I named the show ‘Conan’ so that I’d be much harder to replace”, “I’ve been dreaming of being a talk-show host on basic cable ever since I was 46″, “It’s not easy doing a late-night show on a channel with not a lot of money, so that’s why I left NBC”, and so many more.
–THE FIRST BREAK & GUEST
Coco and Andy Richter spend the first few minutes after the first break talking about the new oceanic backdrop, followed by Coco moving the moon prop with a remote control. This is followed up by Coco talking about the “Ex-Talk Show Host” Halloween mask with a horrible replica of Coco’s face for a mask. After some Halloween hijinks, Coco follows up with a taped segment of Ricky Gervais wishing the crew luck on their new jobs at “The Food Network” (funny stuff, people).
After a weird segment regarding a Nutcracker and an old lady, Coco intros his first guest, Seth Rogen. Seth conducts the usual interview with talks about marijuana and “The Green Hornet”. The big surprise was Seth’s bleeped language. Seth said “shit” three times (which got bleeped) and then said “titties” (which was left uncensored). Gotta love those titties!
–THE SECOND GUEST
Coco’s second guest was Lea Michele from “Glee”. Her interview was a little too cookie-cutter if you ask me and Lea pretty much avoided getting too analytical when Coco brought up her GQ pictures. And just like Seth Rogen, Lea Michele’s biggest surprise was when a super-loud flatulent noise came from somewhere, which almost brought the interview to a halt. Maybe Lea had some gassy foods?
–THE MUSICAL GUEST & OUTRO
Coco’s musical guest was Jack White. Rather than play some cutting edge track, Coco and Jack played a rockabilly tune called “I’m Too Tired To Rock”, which was a pleasant surprise.
To sum it up, Coco still hasn’t changed up anything from his first show, the “Tonight Show”, or even this show. It’s still the same thing as before and if that was what you expected, that’s what you got. All in all, I really enjoyed Coco’s first episode and it went by quite quickly. Thumbs up!
["Conan" airs on TBS @ 11 PM from Monday-Thursday and if you are subscriber to DirecTV or Dish Network on the west coast, the show airs earlier @ 8 PM, so tune in!]