Last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien v-chatted in from where he hosts Conan to complain about it.
All the late night hosts have their own setups to continue doing their shows in isolation: the Jimmies, Jon Oliver, and even Conan O’Brien. O’Brien’s show is arguably the least put-together of them all, and that’s totally intention because that’s just how he does it.
But even he has standards, and TBS isn’t holding up to them. You’ll be shocked hear their method of doing his show – it is janky, if he’s telling the truth about it.
So Conan is doing Conan, a show that’s been around for like eight years. Stephen is doing The Late Show, which has been around for 27. He’s got that CBS money. If Conan was still with NBC, he’d have a pretty sweet rig too. Just look at the quality that Seth Meyers is putting out (actually don’t bother, The Late Show is superior in every way).
Other than that, Conan seems to be holding up fine during the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s healthy. He’s sane. But he’s a but of a curmudgeon – what he misses most in isolation is verbally abusing his employees. But of course, he’s managing with what he has – which is to say, enough. He gets to work on himself and his interest in quarantine. He spends time with his family, so he’s not in full social isolation. And he’s able to record a broadcast-quality (even if it is TBS’ standard of quality) show out of his own home.
But if you know Conan O’Brien, you know that it’s never going to be good enough. But you know, in like the best way possible.
In other new, Donald Trump is trying his darndest to make sure everyone knows that when it comes to COVID-19, he’s the smartest, most knowledgeable person around. And anyone who isn’t as Corona-versed as him should be told how bad they are and should feed bad. President Trump even goes as far to double down on absolving himself from any responsibility regarding COVID-19. Unless, you know, something good happens.
And finally, finally Stephen and Jon Batiste get a chance to chat. Every night these two would hug it out in the Ed Sullivan Theatre and exchange some words, but not since Stephen started broadcasting The Late Show from home. Now, we can see, that everything is normal, because these two are still interacting in that stilted, “I love you but don’t really have much to say to you” kind of way they usually do that is surprisingly charming.