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Conan O'Brien's Final Late Night Show

TV Tonight: Conan O'Brien's Last Late Night

A little more than 15 years ago, Conan O'Brien took over NBC's Late Show desk, filling the seat once occupied by David Letterman. Tonight, he'll say his farewell to studio 6A and start preparing to take over for yet another comedy icon.

O'Brien will start hosting The Tonight Show in June (while Jay Leno moves to primetime), while Jimmy Fallon will take over Late Night on March 2. Tonight, though, is one last chance to celebrate O'Brien, who brought his signature brand of humor (not to mention memorable props like Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog) to the post-midnight time slot for more than a decade.

Details of O'Brien's last show are mostly under wraps, but at the TCA press tour in January, he said he didn't want "a big salute to me":

If this were my last show ever and I were getting into a space ship and going to Mars and you were never going to see me again, I'd probably really load up the "Look at all I've done and aren't I something" clips, but I'm departing for a brief period of time and then re-appearing in this terrific, fantastic dream job . . . We have a lot of hard-core fans that can recite to me bits that we've done 13, 14, 15 years ago. I want to make sure that I don't let them down, but I also want to make sure I don't overdo it.

That sounds like a good approach to me — though I personally wouldn't mind one last "In the Year 2000" bit. What are some of your favorite Late Night with Conan O'Brien memories, and will you be tuning in for tonight's final episode? You can relive one of my favorite bits, from back when Conan visited San Francisco in 2007, if you


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sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I can't believe it's already been 15 yrs. I remember when he first started. He went through a lot with the negative press and all. This past week's shows have been great.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I'm so glad we went to see him November. We were going to shoot for this month but I'm glad we didn't because I don't think we would have been able to make it! I've been watching Conan for years and tonight will be sad but like he said, he's not going away for long!
acyl acyl 8 years
OMG I LOOOOOVE Conan! I love how he's always making fun of himself! One of my favorite clips was when Matthew McConaughey was showing Conan how to wrestle a crocodile!
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
Oh my, where do I begin??? I have been a fan of his from the very beginning. I even was lucky enough last week to have the chance to see one of his final tapings in NYC and was on tv for like 2 seconds and he waved to me! He is smart, funny and so creative. To me, there is no way Jimmy Fallon can ever bring late night into homes like Conan did. Jay Leno sucks and I hate that he is still having a primetime show before Conan, way to steal someone's thunder. All the best to Conan, he is forever my favorite redhead. :LOVE:
lyrical_angel lyrical_angel 8 years
One of my favorites was when Conan went apple picking with Mr. T.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I'm not a fan of Conan. Not that I watch The Tonight Show all that much now, but with Conan on it I will not be watching it at all.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I love the vast majority of Conan's bits! The Sears Tower in Sears clothing and the evil puppy are two of my favorite characters. I also love "In the Year 2000" and "Pierre Bernard's Recliner of Rage." Like you, I enjoyed the San Francisco trip, too. His trips to Chicago and Finland were amazing, as well. I think some moments from the Finland trip top my list.
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