Conan O'Brien, you magnificent nerd
by Annie Wu, posted Jun 4th 2009 5:30PM
Mr. Conan O'Brien -- or ConeBone69, as some of us like to call him -- is still going through his first week at The Tonight Show, with both fans and critics watching his every move. No pressure. Naturally, we are witnessing the initial jitters and struggle to discover the right rhythm and tone in a new environment, but O'Brien's getting through it with minimal cringing (though the same cannot be said for Andy Richter's weirdly forced laughs).
One of the first things I noticed was that the set doesn't really feel like it's O'Brien's. Maybe it's just a super-jarring change from the cozier and much smaller Late Night home, or maybe it's because the new studio smell hasn't faded. It all seemed too shiny and new to feel real, is what I'm saying. But now this gem of a discovery immediately makes everything better: The new studio is in Super Mario's Mushroom Kingdom.
Now, I'm not by any means a Nintendo expert but I'm feeling extra-gullible today, so I'm convinced. The two images on SeriousLunch (including the animated GIF) match up perfectly, though I don't know how much cutting and rearranging was involved in the Mushroom Kingdom image. Can any of you hardcore Mario fans confirm or deny?
If this is as it seems, then Conesie (and/or a very adorable set designer) has just gained major brownie points in my book. Also, also, the ever eagle-eyed Bob Sassone points out this Tweet from Tonight Show's Aaron Bleyaert. Looks like Conan and the gang might do a bit about it tonight! Ah, the power of the Internet.