I love late night TV. More to the point – I love Late Night / Late Show / Tonight Show TV.
I’ve loved Letterman, Kennedy, Lane, Vizard, Conan, and Roberston. I really liked Robbo.
Jay? Not so much. Apart from the whole underhanded way he got the Tonight Show – he’s just not that funny to me. Too scripted – man has never ad-libbed in his life. Talking to dumb people on the street – not funny.
I even found the politics and behind the scenes stuff of The Late Shift to be fascinating. Of course it’s all happening again – Leno said he’d hand over the Tonight Show to Conan so he could retire, Leno announces 10pm Prime Time show at the last minute to undermine Conan’s debut, 10pm Show sucks, NBC want to move Leno back to 11:35 and the “Tonight Show” into “Tomorrow” starting at 12:05am.
Apparently Leno retiring isn’t an option anymore – he still wants to be #1 TV Boy.
The funniest bastard in all of this has been Craig Ferguson – the one Late Night Show we don’t get in Australia – and probably the one show after Letterman I would watch. But he has made some great opening monologues regarding it all.
Last night, he nailed it. In the midst of the disaster in Haiti – Who Really Gives a Fuck.
Also – See this page for loads of other highlights from last nights shows when the gloves started to come off.
[Update: Original video taken down on video. This video of entire show instead]
Originally posted: https://michaelq.com.au/2010/01/craig-ferguson-11410a-late-late-show-beginning/