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Conan packs up his stuff, but will Andy help him move?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 16th 2009 9:02AM
You've been putting off this moment for years. You've been denying yourself the courage to face the oncoming reality that not even God Himself can stop. You've pushed this little feeling to the deepest part of your brain so you wouldn't have to face it.

This week marks the end of Conan O'Brien's long running Late Night show and even the Big Giant Head has been putting off the inevitable by waiting until the last possible minute to pack up his things.

His final show in the time slot he has held for 16 years will have its final string dance on Friday, Feb. 20. He won't return to our eyeballs for at least another four months. Jimmy Fallon, meanwhile, takes over his slot in March.

The Associated Press' David Bauder described Conan's office as a calamitous yet organized mess of guitars signed by noted musicians like Les Paul, Eddie Van Halen and Brian Setzer -- all waiting to be packed. He has also been entering his office differently (the Sixth Avenue side to the Fifth Avenue side) to soak up the last ounces of Rockefeller Center before the big move. Sounds like someone is in denial, too. If my psychology studies have served me well, I believe the next step is anger. Then shouting. Then uncontrollable rage that involves the throwing of breakable objects. That's followed by murder or self mutilation. Then finally, acceptance.

Just like any TV personality, Conan has his share of haters and they aren't afraid to express their rage, as evidenced by some of the commentators on this very site (the CIA will be contacting you shortly). Some have called him silly, infantile and even downright stupid, quite possibly the most original criticism of all time. That was meant to be sarcasm. Someone should invent a font for it. For some reason, italics just doesn't convey enough a-holish-ness.

Count me in as a fan. He's a talented writer and host. He's got an equally talented writing staff. And he's got a damn funny show. Sure he's silly and zany, but there's nothing wrong with comedy that's done for the sake of comedy. Plus, he has always balanced it well with sharp satire and cunning commentary. He has kicked ass on Late Night. He'll kick ass on the Tonight Show.

The only question that remains is this: where's Andy Richter?!?

The man who helped bring Late Night to new levels has been suspiciously absent in Conan's waining days at 12:30. He's been on Talkshow with Spike Feresten. He'll been on this week's Chuck. But what about the show that birthed him? Conan's last week will be a week of firsts. He'll have the White Stripes, the first band to play on his show, as his final guest on Friday. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is bound to squeeze out one last poop before Conan goes bye-bye. Al Roker will surely let Conan make a fool of himself on the air. With clothing, I hope and pray.

But who out there wants Andy, in a purely platonic and entertainment state, of course.

Will Andy Richter, Conan O'Brien's former sidekick, make an appearance during Conan's last week on Late Night?
Yes462 (84.2%)
No29 (5.3%)
Couldn't care less if the outcome determined whether or not my mother would get a desperately needed kidney donation58 (10.6%)

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ryu haybusa

With Falon taking over, this mean I can finally start going to sleep early. Falon is awful, hes not funny. He hosted the MTV awards once and it was bad. The only personality worse than Jimmy Falon is Ryan Seacrest.

As for Andy. He better be there. I miss the old Conan and Andy team up. Andy was the last of the great sidekicks. Andy should thick about getting back into kickin'. If not with Conan, then maybe with someone else...oh how about Batman and Andy!

February 20 2009 at 8:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jesus, Jimmy Fallon....He's the real world Jim from The Office. He makes his jokes and then will look at the camera with a little quarter smile. He's awful!

February 17 2009 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I will miss Conan at his old time. He's such a spaz.

February 16 2009 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Polly B

Zany for zany's sake is not funny- forced humor is lame.

February 17 2009 at 1:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Andy is a slam dunk. Another question is will we get an appearance by the Boss since Max isn't going to LA with the show.

And of course, one final appearance by Abe Vigoda.

February 16 2009 at 5:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, this article can't be right. The White Stripes didn't even form until 1997. They have appeared on the show a lot and even did an entire White Stripes week several years ago where they were on all week so they and the show have a history and it makes sense for them to be back at the end, but they were not there at the beginning.

February 16 2009 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I miss the staring contests. As much as I love "In the year 2000," I wish they'd do staring contests with Andy when he stops by.

Also, The White Stripes were the first band to play the show? How can this be?

February 16 2009 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Greg's comment

It's possible the article means that Conan was the first show the White Stripes appeared on, as it would be impossible that they appeared on Conan's first show because they formed in 1997.

February 16 2009 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wasn't Radiohead the first band to perform on Conan?

I wouldn't worry about Andy, he'll show up somewhere. Wouldn't mind having one more staring contest.

All Hail The Cone-Bone!!!!!!

February 16 2009 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bart Smith

Yeah, it was Radiohead. The White Stripes weren't even around until several years after Conan O'Brien started on LATE NIGHT.

February 16 2009 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yup, Radiohead.

I would love to see Andy come back the airwaves miss him.

February 16 2009 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"His final show in the time slot he has held for 16 years will have its final string dance on Friday, Feb. 20."

ummm... stephen colbert stole the invisible strings last week, so it's gonna be kinda impossible for that to happen.

February 16 2009 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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