Conan’s Tearful Goodbye on his final Tonight Show

“There has been a lot of speculation in the press about what I legally can and can’t say about NBC. To set the record straight, tonight I am allowed to say anything I want. And what I want to say is this: between my time at “Saturday Night Live,” “The Late Night Show,” and my brief run here on the “Tonight Show,” I have worked with NBC for over 20 years. Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we’re going to go our separate ways, but this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible.

“Walking away from the “Tonight Show” is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Making this choice has been enormously difficult,” O’Brien continued. “This is the best job in the world, I absolutely love doing it, and I have the best staff and crew in the history of the medium. But despite this sense of loss, I really feel this should be a happy moment. Every comedian dreams of hosting the “Tonight Show” and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret a second. I’ve had more good fortune than anyone I know and if our next gig is doing a show in a 7-11 parking lot, we’ll find a way to make it fun.

“Finally, I have to say something to our fans. The massive outpouring of support and passion from so many people has been overwhelming. The rallies, the signs, all the goofy, outrageous creativity on the Internet, and the fact that people have traveled long distances and camped out all night in the pouring rain to be in our audience, made a sad situation joyous and inspirational. To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I’ll think about it for the rest of my life. ”

“All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere,” he concluded. “Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.

Good night Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. See you in September, Conan!

Super-Poke For the Win!

Epic Win! This is the result of months of poke wars on Facebook.

Ghostbusters 3 – Wow, it’s Really Happening!

This will be the first in a series of articles about Ghostbusters. You’ll soon see why.

I grew up with Ghostbusters. The first film was released in theatres when I was 3 years old. I saw Ghostbusters II in theatres and have been looking forward to the possibility of a third film ever since.

In recent years, there have been rumors of a third film, but it would continuously fall apart.

Then the video game was announced, and Dan Aykroyd got involved. The game company handed him a 300 page script, and he worked in parts of the script he had written for what was supposed to be the third film in the series.

Not only that, but all of the original Ghostbusters cast (save for Rick Moranis) came back to supply voices to their characters in the game. Talk about a dream come true. Although it’s not the movie that I wanted, it’s the video game that I had always dreamed of.

Over the course of the last week, there have been glimmers of hope, as writers were rumored to be attached to the project. Not only that, but it’s a couple of very good writers that I think could do a pretty fair job of it.

This morning, the Chicago Tribune posted an e-mail from Harold Ramis (Egon Spengler in the films), and here’s what it says:

“yes, columbia is developing a script for GB3 with my year one writing partners, gene stupnitsky and lee eisenberg. judd apatow is co-producing year one and has made several other films for sony, so of course the studio is hoping to tap into some of the same acting talent. aykroyd, ivan reitman and i are consulting at this point, and according to dan, bill murray is willing to be involved on some level. he did record his dialogue for the new ghostbusters video game, as did danny and i, and ernie hudson. the concept is that the old ghostbusters would appear in the film in some mentor capacity. not much else to say at this point. everyone is confident a decent script can be written and i guess we’ll take it from there.
best,
harold

Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky are now confirmed as writers on Ghostbusters III. They’ve also been writers on The Office over the last few years.

Hopefully they don’t take things out of the feel of the original films. But that’s what my next Ghostbusters related entry will be all about.

Ashley G. and Brian Regan

Q: How are you today?
A: Because my heart is beating.

Q: Huh?
A: You asked, “How are you today?” “How?” That’s how.

Q: This is going to be a tough interview.
Where do you get your ideas for your jokes.
A: I get them in Spain.

Q: Can you answer that question seriously?
A: Okay, I get them in Albuquerque.

Q: You use the word Albuquerque a lot. Why?
A: Because it reminds me of when I was growing up in Albuquerque, going to Albequerque High, and working at
Albuquerque Al’s Authentic House of Albuquerquian Cuisine.

Q: And where was that?
A: In New Mexico.

Q: Why I oughta… Never mind. Okay, what was your first joke ever?
A: WHAAAAAAAA!

Q: I don’t get it.
A: It’s a newly born infant joke. It’s very funny.

Q: Is it hard being a comedian?
A: Oh yes. Especially when I’m in bars and motorcycle gangs walk in bellowing things like, “Who here does observational comedy?”

Q: Do you ever get heckled?
A: No. Oh wait, one time. A guy in Nebraska yelled something about corn. But he might have just been ordering.

Q: Were you always funny?
A: No. I wasn’t funny on November 3rd,
1998.

Q: Why is that?
A: I just couldn’t think of anything funny
that day.

For the rest of it, go to this link: http://www.brianregan.com/q_and_a.html

Jill and For Your Consideration

Post Script to yesterday’s post. I had a marvelous time talking to Jill for well over four hours during and after working on ProCPR. That truly was a great conversation. Not only was it full of substance, but it felt like we both really learned something from it, and there was growth there as we spoke and she decidedly told me that CSI is the best show ever. I’ve never seen CSI, but I have seen The X-Files. Don’t know what that means, but I’m sure it’s cool.

Oh and before I forget, as in the last post, be funny or don’t be funny, but funny is cooler.

And last but not least on my radar to inform you of something really quite cool. Christopher Guest is the man behind such mockumentaries as Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, and my favorite: A Mighty Wind. Well, I’ve just read about the next one, and I’m excited to see how it works. Pat has a big idea for one that would be hilarious to do.. maybe one day.

Here’s what they’re doing next:

Instead Ricky Gervais will… get this for coolness… be taking a role alongside ‘The Christopher Guest Players’ in Guest’s upcoming film For Your Consideration. How brilliant? The man who took the mockumentary made famous by Guest and co and ran with it to new heights of success is starring in what is said to be the master of the sub-genre’s last ‘mockumentary’ feature.

Details of the project are said to be closely guarded but rumour has it, it will involve a documentary crew following an actor and his “entourage” from the point of completing a movie right up to his campaigning to win an Academy Award for said role, despite the fact that it wasn’t a worthy performance.(FilmRot.com)

Little Rascals

Darla and AlfalfaDear Darla,
I hate your stinking guts.
You make me vomit.
You’re scuuuuuuuuuum between my toes!
Love, Alfalfa.