Conan Oâ€™Brien kicked off his â€œTonight Showâ€ adventure with a run across the country, from New York to Los Angeles, as â€œMove to L.A.â€ was the last item on his to-do list (watch video above). Conanâ€™s sidekick Andy Richter and Max Weinberg continues as his favorite band leader.
“I’ve timed this moment perfectly,” O’Brien deadpanned in his opening monologue. “I’m on a last-place network, I moved to a state that’s bankrupt, and tonight’s show is sponsored by General Motors.”
Conan is back! He was a bit nervous. It is not easy to replace such a legendary host like Jay Leno, who has been hosting â€œThe Tonight Showâ€ for seventeen years. Conan became the fifth host of the infamous talk show after Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.
“I remember watching Johnny Carson when I was a kid and thinking: That’s what I want to be when I grow up,” O’Brien said. “I’m sure right now in America there is likely a kid watching me, thinking: ‘What is wrong with that man’s hair?’”
The first guest Will Ferrell was nothing but nice to the new host offering him tips for L.A. living, including a good burger joint in Pasadena “called Burger King” and singing his own version of “Never Can Say Goodbye”. The real musical guest was Pearl Jam debuting a new song from their upcoming album â€œBackspacerâ€ (watch video here).