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All the Jay Leno impressions you could ever want, if all you want is five

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 15th 2010 12:00PM
A lot of people both in and around the media have been bashing Jay Leno, and maybe it's a little unfair. After all, it's the dunderheads at the top who are forcing Conan O'Brien to prove his willingness to preserve the sanctity of The Tonight Show, not Jay. That doesn't mean we still can't enjoy more fun at Jay's expense!

Mental Floss has compiled a list of the best Leno impressions that have appeared on a television near you, from Jim Carrey on In Living Color to Dana Carvey on (even shorter lived than The Jay Leno Show) The Dana Carvey Show. Here's my personal favorite of the bunch: Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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Tuula Westra

After Johnny Carson all these shows have been crapola, ty Archie Bunker.

January 19 2010 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RufusAppoline

Conan is a big whiny spoiled brat. Boo hoo! He failed miserably and he's still going to get a 40 million dollar parachute. I'm supposed to cry for him when millions of Americans don't have a job, have lost their homes and savings? Give me a break! He doesn't care about his staff, unlike Leno. Jay was always number one and that's because he is a nice guy who never had to rely on blue material, never looked down on mainstream America and never tried to talk over his guests. I can't wait to start watching the Tonight Show with Jay Leno again. Conan & bitter, angry old Dave Letterman can't touch him.

January 19 2010 at 1:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chuck

When are people going to get it? Conan's rating are low, BECAUSE of Jay. Plain and simple. Why would Jay's old TTS audience watch Conan when they can watch Jay at 10 and get to bed earlier? They had no reason to stick around to watch Conan. I guarantee you without that Jay "experiment" in mediocrity, Conan's numbers would be right up there where Jay's used to be.

January 19 2010 at 12:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barb

I don't think either Jay or Conan are good enough to warrant an hour show 5X a week. I think if you take the best parts of each comedian's monologs, and their better skits/stunts/games, and mix them up you might have something that would be almost as good as what Johnny did all those years. These guys can be really funny in half hour segments... beyond that, they're stretching.

January 18 2010 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dean

Two of the worst late night shows ever are JImmy Kimmel and David Letterman.These two are really sick.

January 18 2010 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Todd LeBaron

I don't eatch Kimmel that often unless I want to see a guest on the show. But Letterman one of the worst? He's been on nearly 30 years, and I think if he was really the worst, he'd have been given his walking papers a long long time ago. He's been around a lot longer than many in this business. Can you say the same?

January 18 2010 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Le Rena

BOO! Boring!

January 18 2010 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
linda

I DO'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE PIPSQUEAK- CAUSE JAY ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 18 2010 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mk

Hmm...in that article that talks about rumors of NBC firing Jay in the beginning...but, it also shows that Jay had higher ratings then than Conan has now. Hmm...

However, Jay came in as someone who had never had his own TV show. He had only been a substitute host...Conan came in after years of having his own show and what should have been a guaranteed fan base. Theoretically, Conan should have been able to hit the ground running...instead he fell flat on his face. Any respect I had for Conan is gone now. He is behaving like a spoiled child. He had his shot...he bombed. Give The Tonight Show back to Jay! He owned the #1 spot in Late Night and he deserves to have it back.

January 18 2010 at 9:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Freelols.com

Hey you forgot one...Alice from The Brady Bunch.

January 15 2010 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
EbonyDad

See, you can't say it is unfair. It is completely fair. Jay has the option of being a man about his show failing, and just quit.

Instead, he is willing to take a job which he gave to someone else. He knows everyone connected to Conan's show moved to LA. He knows that his show stunk and all the affiliates wanted him off the air. He knows that Conan's show still performs well in the 18-49 demographic.

Jay deserves everything he is getting. He is the example of what people don't like. The suck-up winning, and the person who worked hard getting the kick to the gonads.

I'm With Coco.

January 15 2010 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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SD

"See, you can't say it is unfair. It is completely fair. Jay has the option of being a man about his show failing, and just quit."

Which has nothing to do with Conan failing and being forced back by NBC.

"Instead, he is willing to take a job which he gave to someone else."

Conan was chosen by NBC years ago to take over, Jay had no choice in the matter. He never wanted to leave TTS. NBC forced him out, but then threw him a bone with the 10pm show to keep him from going to another network, and now that BOTH shows are failing, NBC has decided they want Jay back at his old time. This has nothing to do with Jay being unfair to Conan.

"He knows everyone connected to Conan's show moved to LA."

So he should decline a job doing what he wants to do because NBC is being unfair to someone else? What would he even get out of stepping aside? NBC would still be looking for a Conan replacement, CONAN FAILED. NBC is wrong in that they aren't giving him enough time, plus they screwed with the formula by creating Jay's new show, but Jay has very little fault in all this.

"He knows that his show stunk and all the affiliates wanted him off the air."

One affiliate made threats, maybe 5 more agreed... way to exaggerate. TJLS was exactly the same as Jay Leno's Tonight Show, and millions of us happen to like it. Just because you aren't one doesn't change anything.

"He knows that Conan's show still performs well in the 18-49 demographic."

Which concerns a comedian who was the face of TTS for over a decade and who never wanted to lose it and is now being handed it on a silver platter how exactly? All the professional or even personal respect he might have for Conan doesn't change the fact that rejecting the Tonight Show would NOT help him in any way. He hasn't even done anything yet and jerks like you are making up all sorts of motivations and imagined efforts on Jay's part to screw Conan personally. I understand why a tool like Kimmel is doing it, he see's blood pooling around a competitor and can get in some cheap shots that make him look a bit heroic to some Leno haters, but what's your excuse for so many gross assumptions?

"Jay deserves everything he is getting. He is the example of what people don't like. The suck-up winning, and the person who worked hard getting the kick to the gonads."

Conan hasn't worked any harder than Jay, that's just stupid. Conan has been wronged, but not by Jay... at least, not that any of us actually know. Not even credible rumors, its all assumption by Jay haters. Baww, he did the same to Letterman! Well, no, Letterman was never promised TTS and Jay actually guest hosted and worked his ass off for it, but since Dave was an untalented braggart, it was "stolen" from him. Conan is an entirely dissimilar situation, he was actually wronged, but by NBC brass.

"I'm With Coco."

*Everyone's* with Coco. No one is against Conan except some retarded TV execs. Its not Conan vs Jay, unless you want it to be, which clearly you (and Jay's competitors) do.

January 15 2010 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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