February 2019 was a busy month. Not only did I catch an amazing show from Steve Gunn, but I threw myself into an Oscar frenzy that ended in major disappointments. As always, there are a few things that I didn’t get the chance to blog about. Here are some leftovers from a crazy month:
Conan O’Brien has spent parts of four decades in television. I have been a fan since the mid-2000s, using Late Night as an excuse to procrastinate while writing college papers. Despite the vast comedy brilliance that has brought more laughter to me than any other late-night host, Conan's new podcast Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend is the perfect medium for the comedian.
I spent a lot of time in movie theaters in 2018. Whether it was Ocean’s 8 or A Star Is Born, there were a lot of movies that tried to tell memorable stories. Not every film succeeded. Many stood as platforms for terrific acting performances, but came up short as art and entertainment. All made for a great collective experience as a moviegoer.
Saturday Night Live closed out their forty-third season last night. The episode, which was hosted by Tina Fey and featured Nicki Minaj as the musical guest, was emblematic of the variety show’s entire season. The SNL finale placed politics and cameos in the forefront of its show for yet another episode. They doubled-down on mediocre material that was a desperate attempt to put a lasting political stamp on the season. It was almost as if SNL was openly admitting that they cannot help themselves: they have a Trump problem
April 13 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of Conan O’Brien's audition to replace David Letterman as host of NBC’s Late Night. No matter how memorable the Walker, Texas Ranger Lever or Max Weinberg PSAs have been, Conan is at his best when he is doing a remote piece in the field. If his show with TBS ever comes to a close, Conan could have an amazing Travel Channel program. Here are five classic Conan remotes: