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No Couch For Richter?? A Report From A TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O’BRIEN Test Show!!

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“The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” launches Monday with Will Ferrell slated as the first guest. Word is Tom Hanks will be the guest on Tuesday. The New York Daily News reports today that Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and The Masturbating Bear will both make the transition to 11:35 p.m. The Max Weinberg 7 is history, replaced by the larger Max Weinberg and the Tonight Show Band (now with James Wormworth as a permanent addition), but the John Lurie "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" theme music will be repurposed for Conan's "Tonight." And it looks like Andy Richter won’t normally be sitting on the couch like he did in the old days:
Dear AICN, My name's Asterios Kokkinos, and you once printed my review for a midnight "Norbit" screening on the cinerama dome at the Arclight – the best way to see a gigantic Eddie Murphy I know of! Anyway, today I attended a test show of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien at Citywalk, and here's my review: "Today I attended a test show for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien - they're doing a week of test shows before the show officially premiers next week. It was fantastic. Like many Conan fans, I was concerned the shift to 11:30 might soften the tone of the show. I'm happy to report, its the same show you know and love. He entered to the "Late Night w/Conan O'Brien" theme, did the string dance, and asked us to keep cool, informing us that we were his babies. He also has a new string maneuver, involving pulling his jaw out on a string and then cutting the string. It must be seen to be believed. The first segment? "Celebrity Survey", with the classic 11 note theme song. Shots at the ages or weights of certain celebrities? Indeed! An insinuation that a certain celebrity might be promiscuous? You better believe it! I do not want to spoil the identities of the guests (it wasn't just someone they'd pulled off the Universal lot for a favor, Conan cut some local promos confirming that these two would be guests in the future) or some of the pre-recorded segments they screened for laughs, but I will mention two more things. 1) The warm up guy they hired is LA comedy legend Jimmy Pardo, who's spent over 20 years on the road and even longer working his way into our hearts. 2) Andy Richter has not skipped a beat in his return. Before the show, he and Pardo bantered about how the new studio was haunted (Richter: "We insisted on a haunted theater. The ghosts are actually crew guys who died on break.") Max Weinberg and the Tonight Show Band were on fire. Pender walked out and sang a number, they played "Come Fly With Me" (a staple of their commercial breaks), and even played the Ray Davies classic, "Better Things", which I was happy to hear live. Only complaint, and its a small one: Andy has his own announcers podium. He looks pretty cool in it, but the whole time I really wanted to see him sitting next to Conan like in the old days. I hope they move him over to the couch soon, the chemistry between them is classic. That's it! Can't wait to see what's coming up in future shows."

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  • May 27, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by darthvedder81

    Is Andy Richter the new Ed McMahon?

  • May 27, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST


    by Thrillho77

    My fellow PJ maniac!

  • May 27, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST

    RIP Joel

    by paulmkelly

    I'm sure he'll kill himself soon.

  • May 27, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    We'll see

    by Blade_Runner

    Judgment reserved until I can see for myself.

  • May 27, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    LOVE Conan!!!

    by 3D-Man

    He rocks!! Will definitely be tuning in.

  • May 27, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by CellarDweller the real star and should be the one sitting behind the desk. Conan runs hot and cold. Mostly cold. Letterman, Kimmel, and Ferguson are funnier in my opinion. This is going to be The Tonight Show in name only. People who grew up on Johnny Carson and then Leno aren't going to be able to stomach Triumph and the Masturbating Bear. You'll see, Conan will quickly soften his format when the ratings take a nose-dive.

  • May 27, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Triumph an hour earlier!

    by 3 Bag Enema

    I hope they don't water down his material for a broader audience. I've been unable to sit through Letterman since he moved to 11:30, dumbed down the writing and installed that permanent false grin on his face.

  • May 27, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Jimmy Fallon

    by FilmGuy125


  • May 27, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Man, I hope that CNBC Europe will show this.

    by DerLanghaarige

    They stopped airing Conan this year (fuckheads!), but still aired The Tonight Show. Got no idea if they will go on with The Tonight Show, when it's hosted by Conan.<br> And yes, I know, I could go to the NBC page or Hulu to watch every episode, but because I live outside of the USA it won't work for me, unless I spent lots of time to find a working proxy, which then slows down my internet connection and make me wait hours till the episode has loaded.

  • May 27, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST

    And btw, I hate Triumph!

    by DerLanghaarige

    It's the only part of the show that makes me switch the channel.

  • May 27, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST

    The late late show in ireland..

    by emeraldboy

    has a new host Ryan Tubridy. Go to rte player to check that out. Pat kenny ends his ten year tenure with a garden party. as well as not so subtle jab at his successor. "while working in rte. I tried to be inventive. We both had different paths. He has his young fogey thing. I do my own thing. He tried to be parkinson but I was never that.....

  • May 27, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    by DerLanghaarige

    by emeraldboy

    They will but you have pay to see that these days. CNBC, i mean. No longer free. Im afraid.

  • May 27, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    "even longer working his way into our hearts"

    by James Westfall

    This is a plant.

  • May 27, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    As long as he is on the show it will be great.

    by eric haislar

    couch or not.

  • May 27, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Give Richter a couch or get the fuck out!

    by Wolfman Nards

    Seriously though... psyched for this. He should have switched over years ago. And Leno should give it up and retire. Selfish bastard, let someone else have the light you dick.

  • May 27, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Jimmy Fallon is Great

    by tatoosh

    For me to poop on!

  • May 27, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST


    by Wolfman Nards

    Do you think Carson Daily is funnier too? Jesus man, did you grow up on nothing but Knock Knock jokes?

  • May 27, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Masturbating Bear MUST return!

    by Wolfman Nards

  • May 27, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Fallon's sole purpose is to make Conan look great

    by Jugdish

    What other reason could there be for keeping him on the Air...( Fallon that is)

  • May 27, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    We already knew...

    by Logo Lou

    Andy was the announcer NOT the couch sidekick. They said so when it was announced he was coming back.

  • May 27, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    If Andy Don't Sit, Yu Must Acquit!

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    Or something.

  • May 27, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Fallon has his moments...

    by Wolfman Nards

    But yeah, needs some serious improvement.

  • May 27, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    If Andy Don't Sit, You Must Acquit!

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    Or something.

  • May 27, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    "RIP Joel"

    by Shermdawg

    Uh no, more than likely he'll replace Pardo on SNL next season.

  • May 27, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST


    by emteem

    Do your June Premiere Dates post already. I needs to know!

  • May 27, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST


    by DerLanghaarige

    Thank you, I hope you are right. (Although I already knew the Pay TV thing, because that's how I was able to watch Conan over the last year ;) ).

  • May 27, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    It's Vivino, not "LeVino"...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    and there are two of them... Jimmy and Jerry. They're brothers. Jimmy plays guitar and Jerry plays sax (and other woodwinds).

  • May 27, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    The Tonight Show NEEDS La Bamba!!!

    by Kief_Ledger

    His looks of shock and disdain always made me laugh.

  • May 27, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Definitely Not a Plant

    by Greenleaf1

  • May 27, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Conan is the best!!! His style of humor fits my personality!

    by Orionsangels

  • May 27, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Stuttering john goes back to howard stern?

    by Orionsangels

  • May 27, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Jimmy Fallon has the worst monologue!

    by Orionsangels

    Since I just DVR everything. I fast fwd past the opening of Fallon or anything he does with the audience. I just get right to the guest interview. Fallon sucks as a talkshow host, but he's ok when he's friends with the guest. For the most part his interviews become awkward.

  • May 27, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Jimmu Kimmel created a new style of monologue

    by Orionsangels

    Which is actually a ripoff of the E networks The SOUP. Kimmel doesn't have much jokes to tell. So his entire monologue mainly consist of TV clips for him to comment on. Leno started doing this too in the last years. Show a clip, then make a comment on, get a big laugh.

  • May 27, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Howards Stern sucks now

    by Wolfman Nards

    I have a free 6 month promotion thing with Sirius and it blows. Stern's show has turned into listening in on a circle of unintersting people talking amongst themselves. Music stations suck too on Sirius and the sound quality sounds like dog turd.

  • May 27, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    In the year two thousaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand!

    by jarjarmessiah

    In the Year Two Thousaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand!

  • May 27, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Orion's Angel

    by DerLanghaarige

    I never watched Jimmy Kimmel, but what you described sounds awfully like what German Late Night host Stefan Raab does for something like 10 years in his show. (although he hasn't been funny for more than 5 years, so if Kimmel does it better, he has my blessing.)

  • May 27, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    I can't wait

    by JoeSixPack

    Leno has been stinking it up for so long, I'm glad to see Conan on an hour earlier. The transition will be interesting.

  • May 27, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    i cant believe somebody actually went 2 see norbit.

    by alice 13

    and then would go and brag about it.

  • May 27, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Have they driven the desk, around Hollywood yet?

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Also, are they just doing the test shows at Citywalk; or will they be permanently located there? It seems odd that they wouldn't broadcast the show, from NBC studios.

  • May 27, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST

    God I hope Conan does his remote segments still

    by Quin the Eskimo

    Imagine Conan at Venice Beach. GOLD I tell you.

  • May 27, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    He admits he saw Norbt?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Expectations low!

  • May 27, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Conan suxs

    by j2talk

    Letterman is going to cream him, of course Ferguson is the only consistently funny show left in latenite...Damn I miss Carson...

  • May 27, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

    So says Buffalo!

  • May 27, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Late Nught TV is all the same now

    by lockesbrokenleg

    No matter who hosts, it's all the same jokes, guests, and shitty bands.

  • May 27, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    jimmy rabbitte

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    NBC and Universal are the same company now: NBC Universal. They merged a few years ago.<p>NBC has been slowly moving its studios to the Universal lot. They built Conan a new office building on a parking lot next to STAGE ONE at Universal Studios, where the new Tonight Show studio is located.<p> The reviewer here was invited to see the test show while at the CityWalk.

  • May 27, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Desk driving will live on!!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    There was a mention of it in the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE article about Conan on Sunday. Apparently, they've even made him a REAL drivable desk attached to golf cart.<p>The article also mentions various remotes they plan to do in California.<p>Here is a link:

  • May 27, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    More about remotes...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Here's a snippet from the article I linked above:<p> "Ideas were starting to take shape, too, many of them inspired by the back lot itself. 'Jaws' was a huge hit for Universal, and one writer suggested that Bruce, the mechanical shark, could occasionally drop by the show. 'In our mind, he sounds like Paul Lynde,' O’Brien explained. 'He dishes dirt about his co-stars.'<p> The show had an exact replica of O’Brien’s desk built onto the front of a golf cart and, later that day, O’Brien was scheduled to take a short road trip through the studio. <p>'We’re going to drive up to the ‘Psycho’ house and try and interview Norman Bates at the desk,' O’Brien said. 'And maybe we’ll take a break during 1869 in Western Town. And then we’ll swing by the ‘Desperate Housewives’ set and try to see Eva Longoria in her trailer for an interview.'"

  • May 27, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    they should hang Andy upside down by his ankles

    by HaterofCrap

    and put him next to conan. that would work perfectly. and whenever he misbehaves, he gets THE HOSE. clothing optional.

  • May 27, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST


    by cmsof

    You guys were probably all still shitting your diapers back when Conan debuted. Early Conan makes Fallon look like a talk show host genius.

  • May 27, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Short Run

    by Black Dante

    Let's face it. Conan is a niche product and while it's admirable he's unwilling to change to appeal to a mainstream audience, it only shortens time until the inevitable. That raises the question. Does Leno move back to the Tonight Show in May 2010 or Sept 2010?

  • May 27, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Pardo is the bomb

    by doodler

    his podcast is comedy gold. he can banter with anyone, and make it funny as hell. <p> He's told stories about warmup gigs before, and not liking them, but it was for smaller shows and i expect for guests who didn't want to be there, as opposed to a Tonight Show audience. <p> Since Pardo had his kid, he's been looking ot get off the road, i'm glad to find he's found a steady gig locally.

  • May 27, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    good god, man! who doesn't like Triumph? have you SEEN him at the Star Wars movie line? outside michael jackson's trial? it's fucking comedy GOLD!<p> woman in a clown suit outside Jacko's trial, with a michael jackson puppet, refuses to talk to Triumph, saying she doesn't talk to dogs.<p>without missing a beat, Triumph says sarcastically, "no, I understand...wouldn't want to compromise your dignity."<p> <p> it's gold, seriously. I really don't trust you anymore if you don't find this funny...

  • May 27, 2009, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Do you think I could realistically make it into the first show

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    if I want all day for stand-by tickets?

  • May 27, 2009, 8:16 p.m. CST

    BadMrWonka! Thank you!

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    I really needed a laugh and that was GREAT! <p> Who doesn't like Triumph? Come ON, man!

  • May 27, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST


    by polyh3dron


  • May 27, 2009, 10:39 p.m. CST

    enuff BS-Flames on Optimus-That was an UPGRADE

    by j2talk

    funking wankers...

  • May 27, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    wankers=really tired epithet.

    by Dingbatty

  • May 27, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Isn't it Don Pardo?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Not Jimmy?

  • May 27, 2009, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Apparently No one knows

    by saintsaucey

    how to post a propper link because neither of those worked for me.

  • May 28, 2009, 12:56 a.m. CST


    by hatemphd

    copy > paste link. remove spaces.

  • May 28, 2009, 2:07 a.m. CST

    by Zybon

    Jimmy should have Triumph on so he can get reamed.

  • May 28, 2009, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Jimmy Fallon has a mangina!

    by EvilDoeR

    And his show licks hairy balls! Terrible choice for that show.... He comes off as a closeted homo to.

  • May 28, 2009, 3:21 a.m. CST

    No Andy on couch = Not watching

    by TopHat

    You tease us by thinking we're getting Andy back, then have him just be the new stuttering John? DONE.

  • May 28, 2009, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Joel and his male "friend"

    by The McPoyle Clan

    Would scare off all the elderly who watch TTS. If they haven't drifted off to sleep anyway during Leno.

  • May 28, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by mrbong

    How can they not give Richter a spot on the couch to sit on, if not his own couch to sit on. shit man, that's like flames on optimus.

  • May 28, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST

    oh, and by the way

    by mrbong

    who the fuck is Andy Richter?

  • May 28, 2009, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Fallon's "House Band"

    by malpaso

    Could those guys in the Roots look any less interested in playing, not to mention participating in the actual show? NBC tried to go "hip" and laid a giant turd with that choice.

  • May 28, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Robert Smigel

    by Kankennon

    This man desperately needs his own show. I still laugh thinking about the Pokemon-Joe Camel parody he made for the short-lived TV Funhouse. That was one of the funniest segments ever made in this or any universe.

  • May 28, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Put Richter on the god damn couch K thx

    by Harry Weinstein


  • May 28, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Jimmy Pardo

    by CoolNewsPFD

    The warm-up comedy was "Jimmy" not Don! He was right on point with the type of humor we have come to expect from Conan and crew. Pardo definitely fits right in and sets the table nicely for this great show. Hello Conan and good riddance Jay.

  • May 29, 2009, 1:02 a.m. CST

    I was there for Thursdays show.

    by Ozman X

    Am I not suppose to tell who the guests were or if the mic stopped working while the musical guest were performing?