Conan the Contrarian: How Late Night Revolutionized Comedy for a Redneck
I got a little choked up watching Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Friday night, and not because I was moved to tears by Max Weinberg's feral beauty. [Read More]
Jimmy Fallon: Nice kid, works hard, good pedigree, but ...
Where exactly do you hope to draw your audience from? This troubling question has gotten louder and louder in my head, as I've looked over the late-night ratings data and thought through the implications of Jay Leno's decision to stay at NBC. [Read More]
"Late Night With Conan O'Brien"s final show - The A.V. Club review
Watching Late Night With Conan O'Brien I've often had the feeling that Conan was getting away with something. Let the world have Jay Leno. Conan was and is for us; the comedy geeks, insomniacs, potheads, oddballs and night owls. Conan seemed to inhabit the same crazy upside down world as After Hours, a nighttime realm where the rules went out the window and a cosmic and comic anarchy reigned. [Read More]
Jimmy Fallon ready to move in, says Lorne Michaels
Lorne Michaels, the man who plucked O'Brien from obscurity -- and who is now overseeing Jimmy Fallon's transition to from actor-comedian to talkshow host -- admits to feeling a little nostalgic this week. [Read More]
'SNL' alum Jimmy Fallon can't wait to fill Conan O'Brien's seat
Fallon envisions his "Late Night" shows as a more tech- and Internet-friendly environment than any broadcast network offering before. He'll talk about gadgets, video games and cell phones. His staff includes three bloggers who will keep an updated Web site. Also, Fallon's on-set desk will feature a computer. [Read More]
Inside the Last Days of Late Night with Conan O'Brien
The elevators open on the sixth floor of 30 Rockefeller Center to reveal a hallway full of activity. We're hours away from another taping of NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien (not to mention test shows underway in an adjacent studio for Jimmy Fallon!). Three floors up on nine, where O'Brien and the writers work, however, the mood feels decidedly different. It's almost as if it's the last week of high school. Make that the funniest high school in America, and most of the students don't know how... [Read More]
Jimmy Fallon Conference Call
The Apiary was fortunate enough to jump on the Jimmy Fallon conference call this afternoon. We got one question and a follow-up, so we thought to ask a little about A.D. Miles, one of our favorite local comics who recently was named head writer for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Our second question was about how Jimmy manifested his own video-blogging destiny with Jarrett's Room on SNL. [Read More]
De Niro, Van Morrison first Jimmy Fallon guests
If Jimmy Fallon is nervous about the premiere of his new gig as "Late Night" host, he'll have show-biz heavyweights Robert De Niro and Van Morrison to lean on. They'll be the guests for Fallon's March 2 debut hosting the NBC late-night show. [Read More]
The Roots say Fallon gig `enabled us to survive'
?uestlove has heard the warnings about the Roots becoming a late-show band. He says his friend saxophonist Branford Marsalis — who abruptly quit his gig as Jay Leno's musical foil in the early 1990s — cautioned against the move: "You'll be neutered!" [Read More]
The New Late Night War Like World War II But Without Nazis
It's been a competitive and shaky few months in the world of late night television. As Conan packs his bags for LA, Leno cements himself into primetime, and Jimmy Fallon builds his move into late night, NBC's hosting shifts are changing comedy dynamics across the board. [Read More]