'Conan' night two: The comedy by the numbers
After Monday night's debut of "Conan," plenty of critics -- including the Post's Hank Stuever and the New York Times's Alessandra Stanley -- pointed out that Conan O'Brien spent a bit too much time on NBC/"Tonight Show"/Jay Leno-related humor.
We see their point. And this was something, as we noted Monday, that we feared. Which is why, starting today for what will presumably be a very limited time, we're instituting a "Conan" NBC joke count. Any references to O'Brien's past life as "Tonight Show" host -- or how lousy the NBC network is or Jay Leno's status as a disingenuous bully -- will be noted and added to the record.
Here's last night's tally, as well as additional "Conan" comedy data and more video from night two of the talk show that is changing the landscape of late night ... or at least making us more likely to tune into TBS.
The "Conan" NBC joke count for the Nov. 9 episode, nonsensically titled "Murder, She Tweeted": 4.
This is a decided improvement over the opening night total, which we stopped trying to calculate once O'Brien busted out the "NBC executives are hitmen" routine within the first five minutes of the premiere.
And really, O'Brien only gets credit for three of those NBC references since one of these four came out of the mouth of guest Tom Hanks. When O'Brien jokingly said that Hanks's popularization of the nickname Coco has ruined the comedian's life, Hanks quipped: "Finally, he'll blame something on someone other than Jay." Well done, Mr. Hanks. And for that, you shall get a bucket of water dumped on your head. (See end of clip.)
The rest of "Conan" by the numbers:
Number of times Conan ripped out a piece of his own beard to give to an audience member: 1.
Number of delightfully sweet interviews with Jack McBrayer: 1.
Number of George Takei impressions (see Hanks interview above): 3
Number of performances by Soundgarden that didn't make us all that nostalgic for the grunge era: 1.
Number of hilarious video sketches that include the term Tokyo sandblaster: 1, and it's worth watching.
| November 10, 2010; 8:28 AM ET
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