Day Two of Late Night With Conan O'Brien at San Francisco's Orpheum theater offered some of the same things as Wednesday's taping: a wildly enthusiastic crowd, dancing Conan and the trumpeter guy who could hold a single note out for so long I feared for his health. In general, I've decided that being a part of a live studio audience is simply So. Much. Fun. It's like a spectator sport with some live music and a natural-born entertainer as your host.
Thursday's guests included Randy Jackson, comedian Patton Oswalt, musical guests Bob Weir and Ratdog (Bob Weir formerly of the Grateful Dead) and — one day late — the Frisbee golf national champion David Feldberg! The hour-long taping was action-packed and super energetic. After witnessing these tapings, I have a newfound appreciation for Conan O'Brien: He has a truly unique talent for entertaining and owning a crowd. It's almost old-fashioned the way he can appeal to a live audience and still be funny when the show is presented in canned form on TV. To check out my highlights from Thursday's show,
- The series of San Francisco jokes continued, with medical marijuana, the ban on plastic bags and the Tenderloin district being both the city's cultural hub and biggest stain among the top subjects.
- Apparently, they held a Conan look-alike contest in downtown San Francisco so the winner of the contest joined Conan on stage. The similarities, both visually and in the way this man adopted Conan's mannerisms were uncanny. As Conan shook the man's hand he said, "I've had nightmares like this." It really was a little eerie.
- Randy Jackson comes across as a nice, laid-back, friendly guy. I'd forgotten that he was in Journey, so one of the best parts was when he and Conan sang together to show off Conan's "range." Priceless.
- Patton Oswalt was funnier than I'd expected him to be. His comedy has sometimes put me off for being tiresomely snarky, but after Thursday's performance I'm more fond of him. I especially enjoyed his comments about the Go-Cars here in San Francisco, these bright yellow three-wheeled mini-cars you can take around the city for sightseeing. Apparently, a guy tried to convince Patton to rent one by saying that there's an extra seat so he could "pick up a chick," which, if you've ever seen a Go-Car, just isn't going to happen.
- In case one didn't understand what it meant that Bob Weir used to be a part of The Grateful Dead, there were screens behind Bob Weir and Ratdog with swirling lava lamp-type images while the band played. Nooowww I get it... hippies!
- Frisbee golf looks hard! Frolf national champion David Feldberg showed Conan how to toss the discs at a metal cage/basket thingy with the audience reacting hugely to every miss and every success. It looked like a lot of fun. At one point Conan and Feldberg just gave up and started winging the discs into the audience to the delight of everyone.