It’s been just over four months since the man with the most recognizable pompadour in television made his debut on TBS. We all know the Conan O’brien story so no need to rehash the gory details. Despite losing the keys to the most valued franchise in late night, O’brien left the desk at NBC as the everyman underdog of Hollywood politics, and we all loved him.
While all this Conan drama was taking place, I quietly found myself following Jimmy Fallon on Twitter – Fallon is the ex Saturday Night Live cast member who ironically took over Conan’s spot on NBC when he was promoted to 11:30. On a weekly basis I have been blown away by the number of amazing moments Fallon tweets about and I find myself watching much of his show online whenever I can.
Fallon himself has gone from awkward to awesome. Check out his spot-on Neil Young impersonation while singing the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song, or better yet covering the Willow Smith hit Whip My Hair with none other than Bruce Springsteen, decked out in his Born To Run-era cap and shades, on backing vocals.
For these reasons, I will be making a major move this week. Until I have a reason to go back to Conan I will be deleting him from my PVR pre-sets and adding Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to my roster of shows. Sure I could record both, but what’s the point. I really only have time for one, and let’s face it, one guy has already had his shot at late night supremacy; the other is just getting started.