Thursday, May 28, 2009

Goodbye Jay Leno ... for now.

I'd like to celebrate Jay Leno's imminent departure from The Tonight Show with a really funny clip from his many years on the show - but to be honest, I couldn't find any.

I've avoided Jay's Tonight as much as possible. I always found his show to be safe, calculated, and only mildly amusing. (For a good example of what the pre-Leno Tonight used to be, click here.)

Jay wasn't always a stiff - his appearances on David Letterman's old NBC show were the stuff of legend. He was one of those recurring guests you looked forward to seeing, and he always put a lot of effort into his material. Click here for an example.

Of course, Jay isn't really going anywhere. He'll be back every night in the Fall at 10:00. I can even envision a "Doomsday Scenario" where Conan O'Brien tanks in the ratings (possible, given Conan's uneven style of humor) and NBC re-instates Jay at 11:30.

Actually that's not the worst scenario. That would be The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.