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Conan Debuts To Mostly Negative Reviews

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So maybe Conan O'Brien just needs some time to warm up to the West Coast or the West Coast needs some time to warm up to Conan because the reviews of his debut show are lukewarm.

Despite being "a large-scale, impressive debut," another reviewer called the show "a work in progress," with some of the lingering sketches "at times, painfully unfunny."

A reviewer, however, pointed out "that success in late-night depends on the long haul," and while we think that Conan has got what it takes, he might have called it when he joked that "I think I've timed this move perfectly. I'm on a last-place network, I moved to a state that's bankrupt and The Tonight Show is sponsored by General Motors."

[Image by Pacific Coast News Online.]

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43 comments to “Conan Debuts To Mostly Negative Reviews”

  1. 1

    Support HR 1966 the Cyberbulling Prevention Act.

    This loser is just wineing cause they didn't mention him!

  2. 2

    Conehead sucks………….

  3. slgm says – reply to this


    That was PAINFUL to watch!! :(

  4. 4

    everything i've read had good reviews.

  5. 5

    He debuted 15 to 20 years ago.

  6. 6

    i watched it because it was the first night but i would give it a miss from now on .
    he sure can run though .
    i dont like pearl jam, what a waste of a guest for the first night .
    should of got someone more current .
    was never a fan of him …..
    he had his moments but on the whole ,
    blah !

  7. 7

    Are you fucking serious? Conan is way fucking funnier than chin guy over there. Even in school days, I stay up just to watch Conan do funny stuff, but then again, I had to suffer watch chin guy do lame shit.

  8. 8

    Again Perez, don't know on which Negative planet you live on, cause I've mostly read good reviews! And it was only the 1st show, it's never the best one.

  9. 9

    I really enjoyed it! I loved Conan and he had me laughing out loud. I think he did a great job.

  10. Bl!ss says – reply to this


    Conan is painfully unfunny. Jay is the best.

  11. 11

    I LOVE Conan and thought he did a great job last night!! If you do not find him funny, then you're a humorless droll!

  12. 12

    I have yet to read these "largely negative" reviews…you gotta give the man time…Isn't that what we all needed to give him in the first place? Keep truckin,' Conan– :(

  13. 13

    I thought the whole show was f'ing great. The intro was epic.

  14. 14

    I thought it was horrible. I'd rather watch my cat throw up!

  15. 15

    i have to say that i really dont care for conan…i loved leno, tho im not too sure how well his new 10pm time slot show is going to go, i dont see it lasting long…but good luck anyhow.

  16. 16

    Re: Long Dong Connery – i have to agree with ya on #5…lol

  17. 17

    I love me some Conan. I thought he was great… He seemed a little nervous during the beginning. But that made it even better for me. He's just a normal guy with a wicked sense of humor and he's like, "Holy crap! I'm hosting the Tonight Show."

    Conan Fan forever!

  18. 18

    Conan wasn't painfully unfunny- Will Farrell was. His timing was off, and even he and Conan failed to laugh at the jokes Farrell was reaching for. Conan rules late night television, Farrell needs to learn how to be funny when you don't have 17 takes to get it right.

  19. 19

    Went to the taping of the first show, and I could not have been more pleased with how he did. So happy to see him back and to have him in an earlier time slot! =D

  20. 20

    CIRCLE! CIRCLE! CIRCLE! Last night was funny. Although I thought Will Ferrell was a terrible guest

  21. 21

    I think Conan's style of humor is a little more East coast, so I figured he would have a harder time finding love in LA. Leno's style was so surface leven and obvious. I never thought he was funny…it was like watching Sensame Street for adults. Conan is going to do great, and I am so glad they brought back ANDY!!

  22. 22

    i turned it off after 5 minutes, he doesn't have what jay has

  23. 23

    Conan was on TV last night? Guess I DON"T CARE! Conan is obnoxious!

  24. 24

    i thought the show was HILARIOUS last night and i'm going to watch it again tonight! Conan Rocks!

  25. 25

    Conan was awesome! The 1992 Ford Taurus bit was LOL funny!

  26. devon says – reply to this


    Conan was amazing as always and everyone knows it!

  27. 27

    I watched the Tonight Show last night and I have to agree with the critics on how awful it was. With that being said I understand he's new to the West Coast and all that comes with it but geez you would think he would be better prepared and bring his game on. It was dull and painful to say the least and I already miss Jay. Don't get me wrong I've watched Conan as well in the past but when you're in the Tonight Show you have to bring everything you go or you're out because NBC means business. Maybe it was his first day and I'll give him a break but if he continues David will surely be laughing his way to the top spot.

  28. 28

    Anyone who is a fan of Conan would have loved it. It was awesome. The critics are (guess what?) Paid to critisize. Who cares what they think. Conan Rocks!

  29. 29

    I don't watch Talk Shaws much anymore, but I caught Conan's debut. I thought the show was really funny. His monologues have never been great, but he does very good interviews.

  30. 30

    yeah, and he got sucky reviews for late night too — seemed to work out fine there

  31. 31

    Re: UrMajestyMsG – hey hottie…gotta run again….i replyed to ya way back…… :o )

  32. 32

    Conan RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He's way funnier and wackier then all those previous Tonight Show guys!!! He's very charismatic! Now i'll watch! I'd say Conan and Stephen Colbert rule the comedy world! xoxoxo

  33. 33

    Hey Conan, the blacks got yo back man!

  34. 34

    Why don't you cite to more than just one line snippets from US Weekly? I swear Perez, you don't report the news, you just parrot what other people are saying without looking into it yourself. Read E! Online, Entertainment Weekly in full…. Conan got great reviews.

  35. 35

    He's probably gonna stick with what he did on late night…at least I HOPE he does…Jay was always pretty lame…Conan had me laughing out loud last night, just like he always did on late night. I can't wait for more! CIRCLE! CIRCLE! CIRCLE!

  36. Moron says – reply to this


    I haven't watched tv for over a year now , and sure don't miss it, but made an exception for Conan yesterday. He is bright, witty and really funny. Leno is boring as hell, I'm glad he's gone.

  37. 37

    Critics are fucking stupid. Anyone who thinks Conan is unfunny has no humor. The guy is hilarious and doesn't even have to try. I think the people who are worried about his success are hilarious. He's going to do amazing!

  38. 38

    Don't get me wrong. I love Conan O'Brien, but I agree that he just needs some time to warm up to it. That "perfect timing GM" joke was funny but I found myself trying to laugh afterward to something that wasn't funny to me.

    But I got faith in Conan. Carson and Leno had their own 'bad nights'. It will get better I know it! :)

  39. 39

    Anyone who doesn't like Conan can eat a turd brownie.

  40. 40

    Okay Conan, with that white skin looking like the underside of a frog…you better tan up and shave those legs…EWWW!

  41. 41

    Jesus Christ! Red-haired, pasty skinned people make me sick to my stomach. I hate to be a bigot but people who have skin that color should not be allowed to have children. That is just nasty!

  42. 42

    Re: CJLOVE – That's TROLL, stupid!

  43. 43

    He might have been entertaining to me when I was 8, but he seems pretty boring now. Can't wait for Jay to come back on with something that adults find entertaining.