Friday, November 13, 2009

in the year 2009.

Hey guys! so last night I finally got to attend the taping of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien! You know, someone at NBC screwed up big time by letting me be *this close* to Conan. Oh and by *this close* I mean I was seated in the very top section of the audience so that I could just barely make out Conan's facial expressions. To be honest, if someone told me Conan had once taken a big old shit in a toilet I was about to use I'd already be the happiest robot on earth. So to have been in the same "room" as him was more than enough for me. Honestly, I don't know how I didn't run up to him and try to be massively inappropriate with him. But damn if I wasn't thinking about it.

So the night before was interesting. I was too excited about the mere possibility of maybe getting my paws on some tickets. You guys know me, I could not fall asleep if my life depended on it. So I maybe napped for a couple of hours between all the thinking and tossing and sudden alertness. So up until he came out to perform his monologue I was in the most uncomfortable state of a zombie like trance (worth it).

Getting tickets to the show was surprisingly easy but you do have to go as early as you can because of the 50+ of us that were waiting to get standby tickets only the first 12 actually ended up getting in (my friends and I were numbers 7, 8, 9 and 10! phew!).

Then they ask you to come back no later than 3 p.m. However, when we were there they were still letting people in until 3:30 but i wasn't going to have any of that late shit so we made sure to be there earlier than 3. Oh they also make damn sure you're aware that no cameras will be allowed. Good thing cause I was fixing to smuggle mine in but determined it wasn't worth the hassle to get kicked. This is Conan. Again, I was not about to get kicked out. After that they start leading groups of people in a single line towards the studio, people with confirmation tickets go in first of course. When the confirmed groups started thinning out I knew the moment of truth was coming, either we were going to get in or we were going to come this close and then get kicked in the teeth. A man approached me and asked how many was in my group, "4" i said, and he said "ok. line up!" !!@!@!!!@@#!!!#$$@!@$!!@$$@#!$@!$ i was SO stoked at that point but felt bad because it looked like we were the last 4 to be allowed in. Only 2 more were ok'd after us. PHEW!!!

So once it comes time to go into the actual studio they line you up in single line form like school kids and you get searched for any crap they wouldn't want you to take in. I only had my wallet and cell phone so I got cleared really fast. Then you walk right into the studio. It was actually just as normal sized as I thought it would be. It wasn't that big but it wasn't that small either. The colors of the stage itself are LIVELY. It feels like someone turned up the saturation in there (SO cool). It's a little chilly in there but maybe that was my damn nerves. I was ready to throw a lung or two up I was so excited! After they finish seating the audience a man comes out and explains the "rules" and performs a little comedic 'get to know the audience' bit (and ends up calling twitter users stupid and telling "us" to go die... heh heh ...heh).

Then out of nowhere the man introduces Andy OMFG Richter! Holy shit. I had completely blanked out on the fact that he had returned as Conan's sidekick. Needless to say by this point I was swimming in a pile of my own OMFG shit. Andy is surprisingly tall and his voice is higher in pitch than I had remembered. I honestly can't remember what happened after that up until I think he announced that Al Gore, Jim Parsons and Jason Mraz were the nights guests and when he presented the mighty red himself, Conan O'Brien! I was on a continual stream of orgasm at that point. That man is pure genius. He didn't mess up once and he's so quick witted and so naturally hilarious. That's fucking impressive.

The show went off without a hitch. The live band was fucking amazing, Al Gore spoke about global warming and his new book. Jim Parsons spoke about a Quiznos commercial he had been in, Comic-Con and The Big Bang Theory (which I still think sounds like the name of some high quality porn movie) and Jason Mraz fucking killed it (I'm a huge Mraz fan). Interesting note: Conan actually sings a little song at the end of all his shows (it's the same goodbye audience song, not a different song every night). It's such a fun experience, I can't wait to do it again!

No music post today, instead I'm embedding last nights show here so y'all can watch (it includes Jason's performance at the end, consider that today's music post!):

Edit: Some of you guys can't see the above video so here's Jason singing my favorite song of his, 'You and I Both':