Conan O’Brien kicked off his “Tonight Show” adventure with a run across the country, from New York to Los Angeles, as “Move to L.A.” was the last item on his to-do list (watch video above). Conan’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 “The Tonight Show” 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 “Backspacer” (watch video here).