Conan O’Brien is boring

Conan O’Brien is boring

On Monday, Conan O’Brien was given the keys to one of the best jobs in television.  The Tonight Show has been going strong since 1954 and is one of the longest running shows ever.  It was first hosted by Steve Allen, then Jack Parr (very shortly), followed by the masterful Johnny Carson, and finally Jay Leno.  The producers should have left the show with people that have a first name beginning with “J” since Conan simply doesn’t have what it takes.

It is interesting that Conan took the job over from Leno where he comes from taking the David Letterman vacated show.  Letterman was upset that he didn’t take over for Carson and left to form a show on a rival network.  Leno and Letterman have been battling for the entire time and Leno consistently won.  Now it appears that Letterman will easily have the upper hand since there is no way the very un-funny O’Brien can compete.

I feel sorry for Conan. He moved to Los Angeles from New York City. I sure hope that he is renting his home because I will be amazed if he will survive long on this show. He simply doesn’t have what it takes. He will do moderately well since actors and singers need to do the show to hawk their latest projects but they will quickly opt for doing Letterman first and then eventually get around to appearing with O’Brien.  The shows ratings are in for a huge fall!

The jury is still out if Leno’s new gig will be successful.  If it is a raving success then Conan is in for more of a challenge as the comparison will continue and they will split the audience. Why would a viewer spend an hour with Jay at 10, watch the news, and then be bored with the inferior Conan at 11:30?  If he fails, he may come crawling back to his old job and kick Conan out of his old chair.

7 Replies to “Conan O’Brien is boring”

  1. Were you a Conan fan before this? If not, it’s not surprising you don’t “get” Conan. He’s quirky and odd and not nearly as good a stand-up comedian as Leno. But he’s a much better interviewer than Leno or Letterman, is very quick and witty, and terrific with self-deprecating humor.

    Monday was not his best work, that’s for sure. But Friday wasn’t Leno’s best either. Spectacle shows that get the host out of his natural rhythm are never as good. Conan was much better Tuesday and Wednesday.

    But I’ll have to agree, his future is tenuous. His quirky humor worked great at 12:35am but maybe not so good at 11:35am and especially after Leno.

  2. Yes, I appreciate Conan’s humor. I would watch him occasionally at the old time slot but that was limited as I am on the East coast timezone and do have a regular job that I need to get up and perform at. Even though I watched him, I never thought that he was at the same level as Jay or David and in fact was lower than the canceled shows by Arsenio and Dennis (if you can’t tell from this site, I am a Dennis Miller fan).

    He just doesn’t have the stones to compete with Dave on a nightly basis. The Tonight Show is in trouble and the producers will need to act quickly to save it.

  3. I agree! Conan is boring! He’s nothing like Leno or Letterman . I watched his show last night and it was so boring and not funny. Sorry :0(

  4. I occassionally watched Conan after Leno and found his antics amusing. He more often than not tickled my funny bone. So, I thought I’d give him a shot on the Tonight Show. Came to a quick conclusion: this is not the slot for him. He is actually less funny than I ever thought he could be. Big shoes to fill and he ain’t filling them. Sad. The Tonight Show is a different animal and I see him unceremoniously kicked out on his can. Nice try but it ain’t going work. Should never have left NYC.

  5. Yes, it is too bad. I used to really enjoy Leno and Johnny before that (yes, I am that old) but I don’t enjoy Conan at this time slot. I would (rarely) watch him when he was much later and at that hour I could tolerate him (although he was not nearly as good as his predecessor – David Letterman).

    I haven’t watched Conan in weeks. Life is too short to watch bad TV (and most of it is bad).

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