Conan, The Magnificent

Determined to put the pain of yesterday behind me I had my alarm set for 3:45am and I was up and out of here by 4am. New York is the ‘City that Never Sleeps’, which I found out is a complete load of crap. The streets were deserted, even though I was walking up 5th avenue, which is one of the busiest streets in the city during the day. It was an eerie feeling walking the streets with no shops open, no cars or car honking and only sleeping hobo’s to keep me company.

Once I got to the line up area, the next person didn’t arrive until 5:45am, so I could have slept another hour and a half, but I wasn’t taking any chances today. After five hours of standing in the one spot, I was eventually rewarded at 9am with my standby ticket with the big number one written on it. After that I came back to my room and tried to get some sleep, I failed, but at least felt a little rested.

Arriving back at the studio there was a little more waiting around, but the show was so close I could taste it. Inside the studio is like a fantasy land, as with the other TV shows I’ve been to on this trip, everything looks bigger on TV. I got seated in the second back row on the desk side (opposite to the side the bands on). As soon as everyone was seated they started rolling highlights of the show over the years. After that the warm-up guy came out, he was pretty good, he is a regular feature on the show playing some of the characters in skits.

Conan then came out for a few minutes before the show officially started and talked to a few people in the crowd. He wasn’t as interactive as they other talk show hosts were in LA. Oh yeah I should mention the Max Weinberg 7 got the crowd going with a few songs before things got underway.

The show itself played out just like you would expect, sitting in the second back row there are about 16 TVs above your head and its hard to stop yourself watching on the TV rather than the reality. The monologue was pretty unfunny and he seemed to struggle through it. I’ll put a link up to download the show, or it will be airing in the Comedy Channel on Wednesday Night/Thursday Day. The guests were Andy Samberg (from Saturday Night Live and the new movie Hotrod), Harry Shearer (the voice of Mr. Burns, Smithers, Principal Skinner and Ned Flanders on the Simpsons) and musical guest Teagan and Sarah. Everyone in the audience got a free t-shirt, which I will be treasuring. Before I leave the country I am going to go on the Studio Tour, hopefully that will give me an even more up close experience. Overall, it wasn’t an all-time classic show, but it was just a real thrill to see my favorite TV show in person and another life goal I can check off. Hopefully I can stay awake to watch it on TV at 12:35am. *yawn*

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