Jack Black picked one up for Team Coco ahead of Thursday’s hour-long finale of Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show TBS.
The 75-minute finale of “Conan,” more than twice as long as the show’s usual half-hour version, also featured hilarious appearances from Will Ferrell and Homer Simpson. It capped a 28-year-old late-night run for O’Brien which started in 1993 with NBC’s “Late Night” in 1993 and briefly went on to NBC’s “The Tonight” Show before settling in to the last 11 years on TBS.
For the past two weeks, “Conan” has hosted a studio audience after more than a year without fans in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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A black man in a tuxedo, the studio’s only guest, stepped onto the stage at Los Angeles’ Largo Theater with a cane and Velcro boot. It wasn’t a joke: he’d sprained his ankle a day earlier while prerecording a musical number that was supposed to cause a false injury for the “School of Rock” star.
“The funny thing is we had an ambulance there,” with attendants, O’Brien told the audience. “I’m yelling at these two guys like, ‘We have to help him.’ And they were like, ‘No, we’re actors.’ They said, “But we just need an ACE bandage,” and I said, “Well, get one out of the ambulance.” And they said, ‘No, it’s a fake ambulance.’ So these two guys dressed as ambulance drivers with an ambulance went to CVS and bought ACE bandages. This is the dumbest (expletive) thing I have ever seen. ”
“It was a very quick run to CVS, I have to say,” said Black, who had an MRI on Thursday which revealed a bad sprain. He added, “I was so disappointed because I wanted to be the best guest ever for your last episode. And it is sad. I am literally the sucker. “
While Black couldn’t dance, the Tenacious D frontman more than made up for it with a catchy rendition of ‘My Way’ titled ‘Cones’ Way ‘, his nickname for O’Brien and featuring O’ centric lyrics. Brien, including: “He’s tall / He’s really pale / He has red hair / Like Howdy Doody / But more, a lot more than that / He did it Cones way. ”
Homer Simpson and O’Brien, who was a writer for “The Simpsons” before becoming a late-night host, appeared in an animated opening segment in which Homer was a human resources rep leading an exit interview.
When O’Brien said he thought Homer was working at a nuclear power plant, the cartoon character replied, “Over the years, I’ve had hundreds of jobs. At one point, I was even a monorail driver, ”he said, referring to the famous“ Simpsons ”episode written by O’Brien,“ Marge vs. the Monorail ”. “What a stupid idea that was! “
Ferrell, a guest on O’Brien’s final episodes of “Late Night” and “The Tonight Show,” said he couldn’t miss “Conan” up close, appearing via Zoom from Boston where he is filming. However, Ferrell said he found the tributes exhausting, so he asked to pre-record the farewells for Conan’s upcoming series, including his next actual endeavor: an HBO Max variety show.
Ferrell pretended to salute this show during his six-episode abridged series, offering a little solace, “But you’ve packed enough (in) for eight episodes. Then the comedic actor flew off, congratulating Conan on an Al Jazeera talk show; an in-flight talk show from Delta Airlines called “Wheels Up!” “; and a series of reality TV contests, “Celebrity Room Temperature Oyster Tasting Contest”.
Thursday’s episode was the culmination of a string of favorite O’Brien guests over the past two weeks, including Bill Hader, Seth Rogen and Dana Carvey, as well as a special prank by Paul Rudd. Andy Richter, O’Brien’s dryly funny sidekick dating back to “Late Night,” was also present at the end.
For the final segment, O’Brien, sitting on a stool in the same way Johnny Carson did in his “Tonight Show” finale, thanked the show’s writers and producers, with special thanks to Richter, “Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels, Lisa Kudrow and O’Brien’s wife, Liza Powel O’Brien.
Of Richter he said, “When I found Andy Richter he was one of the funniest people I have ever met. I never said to Andy, ‘You can’t laugh. I must have the laugh. ‘ The rule has always been, if you think of the funniest thing, just say it, and it’ll bring us out. And he’s done it a hundred thousand times. He’s a brilliant man. And I love her forever, ”he said in two hugs.
Of Michaels, who picked the former ‘SNL’ screenwriter O’Brien for ‘Late Night’, he said: ‘When I was picked to replace David Letterman, people thought it was a crazy and stupid idea. I had no experience. I really shouldn’t “I didn’t get the job.” Lorne said, “I think this guy. And NBC said, ‘The writer with the weird hair? And he said, ‘Believe me, he’s got something.’ And Lorne put his credibility on the line. I’d like to think he was right. He changed my life and I will be indebted to him forever. “
Of Kudrow, whom he met while improvising in 1985, he said: “I immediately considered her to be one of the coolest and most talented people I have ever met and a lovely person. When I started to consider the possibility that I could get this job… Lisa Kudrow trusted me more than I did. She said, “You have to do it. You’re like the only one who can do it. I thought she was crazy, but I wouldn’t do this job without Lisa Kudrow. “
About his wife, the mother of their two children, he said: “The most amazing thing that has happened to me in 28 years of various shows – we were turning on a remote control and I saw this woman who was the director. advertising. You can see I fell in love with her on camera. (Marrying her) was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life, including late at night. She’s my beautiful, super smart, much smarter than my wife, Liza. ”
O’Brien concluded by explaining how he spent his adult life “chasing this weird phantom intersection between smart and stupid” which, when achieved, is “magical”.
“I’m so grateful to all of my staff and the fans who have joined me in this crazy and seemingly unnecessary chase, for doing things that are a little bit silly but have something clever in them somewhere,” he said. , offering one final piece of advice: “Try doing what you love with the people you love. If you can do it, that is the definition of heaven on Earth.
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Contribution : Gary Levin, Hannah Yasharoff