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Conan’s final show to be on June 24th
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I've been watching Conan for as long as I can remember. From 12:30, to 11:30, to TBS, to Youtube and Netflix, to the podcast app, and I will undoubtedly be following him to HBO Max. Mostly because I believe the freedom from structure which HBO Max will allow him is exciting as frick. Conan's always described himself as "vaudevillian." He wants to give you music, sketches, interviews, some standup, all of it packed into one show. The restraints of time blocks and segments made sense in 1993. From where I'm sitting, it looks like once Conan started traveling for longer episodes, and doing a podcast with guests he actually wanted to talk to, something clicked. As if he said, "I don't have to do this shite anymore."

You see what Jimmy Fallon and James Corden have been doing, they're not all too concerned with hosting traditional late night talk shows, either. They're constantly hunting viral moments to be shared by your aunt on Facebook three weeks after they aired live. The Beatles aren't making their American debut on Jimmy Kimmel, you know? That's dead, and has been dead for some time. David Letterman's original show was groundbreaking for its era, his modern counterpart isn't on ABC, CBS, or NBC. It's Eric Andre on Adult Swim, openly mocking the entire genre. It's Joe Rogan, only talking to people he wants to talk to for three hours at a time on his schedule in his studio. In an era where authenticity is being used as a selling point, a seven minute interview between perfect strangers in an attempt to sell something isn't cutting it anymore.

Yet podcasts, which are more than ever leaning on video components, don't have time limits. They can, and people will begin to format them in ways that make them more clean cut and far less organic because we can't have nice things. But for someone who has been mired by structure for 30 years, it must be nice to have a good conversation and not have a producer in your ear telling you to send it to commercial. Put that shite in in post. I'm actually surprised it took Conan as long as it did to get into podcasting given the Serious Jibber-Jabber interviews he did on Youtube eight years ago.

The allure of hosting a late night talk show on one of the major networks isn't what it once was. Seeing Conan accept that and wade into the waters of diversifying content should be a green light for everyone else traversing that same path. In my eyes, Conan is the youngest member of Old Hollywood, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. This is someone who wrote on prime "SNL" before graduating to the early years of "The Simpsons" before replacing Letterman at 12:30. All massive accomplishments, a resumé few can contend with. But, to modernize that comparison, it would be like writing for "SNL Digital," then joining the writer's room of "Bob's Burgers" before replacing Seth Meyers. Doesn't have quite the same umph to it. Conan becoming a podcaster with another show behind a paywall should only be viewed as a win for anyone else grinding away making content in a similar fashion. If a vaudevillian can adapt to the times, an entire industry can shift in this direction.

As for the HBO Max show, how could you not be excited? That could be literally anything, different every single episode. As long as he doesn't proclaim that billionaires should pay for their own fricking stadiums I think he'll be ok. The late night talk show is dead, and if NBC didn't bow down to Jay Leno who knows how these dominos tumble. But we're here now and I, for one, am stoked to see how this all plays out.


Well, really hoping his HBO Max show is a lot more like a podcast and the interviews last hours, because I think Conan could pull that off well. Only late night hosts left worth a shite are him and Maher, but Conan was always my favorite of all the late night talk show hosts. Never really fully understood Letterman’s appeal all that much to be honest (I’m probably missing something here), but always been a huge Conan fan. In that video clip Conan is still clearly funny unlike the vast majority of the late night talk show hosts whose shows have devolved into half baked political podcasts that couldn’t gain an audience if they started from scratch if they tried. God Speed, Conan!


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Letterman was good until early 2000s when he lost his way


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Still don’t know why certain shows persist, but other shows die.

Up until he switched to the 30 minute format, I was an avid watcher of Conan’s TBS show. He is funnier than Colbert, Kimmel, Fallon, Corden, and Meyers.


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Both his final late show and tonight show eps were absolutely fantastic.

Haven’t watched in years but I’ll tune in for this.


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Good luck to him. I hope his HBO show turns out well. I'll certainly give it a go.


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I'm still #TeamCoco from when NBC completely screw him. Like you said, he's the only late night host worth a shite. Looking forward to the new show


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Still don’t know why certain shows persist, but other shows die.

Up until he switched to the 30 minute format, I was an avid watcher of Conan’s TBS show. He is funnier than Colbert, Kimmel, Fallon, Corden, and Meyers.


Several of these shows are about to go under. They don’t have the audience to support their current budgets. There’s no way Samantha Bee has her show by the end of the year.


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Several of these shows are about to go under. They don’t have the audience to support their current budgets. There’s no way Samantha Bee has her show by the end of the year.

Are they?

Seems like as long as you spout one brand of political garbage your ratings don’t matter.


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Seems like as long as you spout one brand of political garbage your ratings don’t matter.


They’re trying to pretend that, but the Golden Goose that is Donald Trump is now dead. They’re about to starve and really are already. Seriously, most podcasts have higher production quality and ratings at this point over The Daily Show.


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Conan has the best pure comedic talent out of any current host.


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Several of these shows are about to go under. They don’t have the audience to support their current budgets. There’s no way Samantha Bee has her show by the end of the year.


You say several are about to go under but list a show that is half an hour once a week on TBS. Her show being cancelled is nothing like the late shows on the major networks. Her show is all political and there's not celeb interviews to fall back on. Her cancellation would portend nothing for them.
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You say several are about to go under but list a show that is half an hour once a week on TBS. Her show being cancelled is nothing like the late shows on the major networks. Her show is all political and there's not celeb interviews to fall back on. Her cancellation would portend nothing for them.


OK, a third. Whatever. My point still stands that they killed the Golden Goose and now that the Goose is dead that their viewers are no longer interested. They can’t survive in the age of podcasts.


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Yet podcasts, which are more than ever leaning on video components, don't have time limits. They can, and people will begin to format them in ways that make them more clean cut and far less organic because we can't have nice things. But for someone who has been mired by structure for 30 years, it must be nice to have a good conversation and not have a producer in your ear telling you to send it to commercial. Put that shite in in post. I'm actually surprised it took Conan as long as it did to get into podcasting given the Serious Jibber-Jabber interviews he did on Youtube eight years ago.

Someone doesn't understand people. Talk shows worked because people have only a few moments left at the end of their day to find out something that might be new. No one now, nor back when, have time to listen to multiple podcasts a day, just to gain new info.

If you're sitting around listening to other people podcast for hours a day, just admit you have no life. So whatever the hell you glean from any podcast is just a waste, because you then have no outlet to use that info (other than to post about it on a message board).


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If podcast listeners are all like me, the appeal is that you can listen to other people having interesting conversations while you work and try to be productive.

They appeal to people who may not always associate or socialize with people who can carry on a conversation regarding the niche interests we have.


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Still don’t know why certain shows persist, but other shows die.



No one gives a shite about TBS


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If podcast listeners are all like me, the appeal is that you can listen to other people having interesting conversations while you work and try to be productive.

This, I’m not just sitting there doing nothing. I listen while doing other things even working out or running.


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When Conan did turtle races by putting the turtles on remote control cars ...

To pick the super bowl winner he put mini football helmets on their shells.

Holy shit, I found a link: LINK

This was a short race but they got more elaborate over time and they’d have the turtles race into the elevators and move onto another floor, etc...

Writer’s strike Conan was awesome.
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I miss conan on Late Night in the mid 90s
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