Sixteen years ago, a little-known writer for “The Simpsons” debuted his new show, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”
With goofy hair, lanky limbs and a Harvard education, the inexperienced host stumbled his way through the first three years, being threatened with cancellation on a near weekly basis.
Fast forward 16 years, however, and no such first-time jitters for King Conan. The third and newest host of “The Tonight Show” transitioned smoothly into his new position this week, combining his patented quirky humor with hilarious pre-taped skits.
Throw in Will Ferrell, Tom Hanks, Pearl Jam and Green Day, and it’s been a successful and entertaining two days for “The Tonight Show.”
Conan has even found a little time to make fun of his own network.
“Anything that runs this long on NBC is a smash hit,” he joked on Night No. 2.
Conan replaces Jay Leno as host, who will begin his own prime-time variety show this September.
Conan has quickly improved NBC’s ratings, pulling in a massive 7.1 rating for his much-hyped debut.
Leno generally averaged around a 4.0.
Check out the series’ opening skit below. It’s of Conan running across the country — past Wrigley Field, Amish Country and The Rockies, among other things — trying to make his first show.