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It started with a hoot of laughter. The morning so far had been
relatively quiet -the daily greetings, the questions about the previous
nights activities, the general office banter. And then we heard the
hoot. Make that plural, the hoots of laughter emitting from Niall
O'Dowd's office. Laughter in our office isn't that unusual, but this
was different. Something incredibly funny was being watched. I craned
my neck to see what it was and caught a glimpse of pale legs
Niall came out of his office, still laughing, and said something to
the effect of "Conan O'Brien was dancing a jig with Robin Williams."
All my brain heard was Conan and jig. Immediately Amy and I googled
and hulued and youtubed. We couldn't find it until Niall, wanting to
watch it again, directed us to the correct place.
Conan O’Brien seems to be everywhere this week. From the New York Times to the gossip rags to our very own Irishcentral.com, Conan’s uncertain fate is being discussed. After the initial shock of hearing that television funny Irishman might be shunted around (tears welled up in my eyes), I began to search newspapers, magazines, and the Internet for any Conan news. I might even go so far as to call that period of time Conan-watch. Eventually all the news became confusing and disheartening. Would he stay or would he go? Did he have a choice? Would the tall redhead be overtaken by that other guy with the big chin? His fate was in peril. My devotion however, remained steadfast.
Ever since Conan took over the Tonight Show in June, I’ve followed him with the dedication of a crazed fan. As much as I loved Late Night, it was just too late for me to fully enjoy all that Conan had to offer. I often fell asleep before Conan jumped his way onto stage. But come June, everything changed. I began to spend my free nights with the guy I referred to in passing as my new Irish boyfriend. He was dependable. He was never late, was always up for a good laugh, and on the rare nights when he looked less than stellar (his hair has a mind of its own) there was always a cute friend (guest) to watch.
With all that has been going on this past week in Conan’s life and with his recent statement that he will not host Late Night after Leno’s new gig, I’ve chosen to go back to the basics. I’ve been watching funny new clips and classic old interviews. In need of a good laugh? Check out my personal favorite: Conan’s interview with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who just happened to be his first female guest (he refers to her rather awkwardly as ‘his laaady’). And most recently, his interview with Aziz Ansari of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. I’ve been forcing friends to watch it and after they forgive me for forcing them to do something, they laugh so hard they almost cry (some of the tears are of course residual tears from being chained to their computer screen).