I have been, and I think always will be, a fan of Conan O'Brien. When it was announced that Coney would be taking over The Tonight Show, to me, it sounded just about perfect. In a debate between Leno and Letterman, I always came out on the side of Dave, but in one between Conan and Dave… well, for me that's harder to answer. So, today, I've opted to take a look at some clips from both shows to try and figure out if I can possibly choose between the two.
I had a great plan for this, I was going to embed a clip from Conan and then embed a clip from Letterman and then one from Conan and another from Letterman. It was going to be a back and forth thing highlighting funny bits from both shows. However, The Late Show with David Letterman doesn't actually allow you to embed clips, you have to watch them directly from their website. That would be one point for Conan.
First clip: Conan O'Brien poking fun at a baseball team that deserves to have much fun poked at it:
See, that's just plain genius – the Mets are bad (sorry Met fan), the Mets probably ought to be better, but that's not the point. No, the point is that what really sells this bit is not Mr. Met getting out of his car with the baseball bat, it's his actually smashing the window – it's funny that he gets out of the car and shakes the bat, it's hysterical when he actually smashes that first window.
First link for Dave: Dave goes to the new Harry Potter movie.
One of the things Dave really has going for him is his general anger/bewilderment towards society at large. The intro here is funnier than the bit, but they're both still funny. If I were Dave, what really would have distressed me however is the fact that I paid to go see Harry Potter and I ended up at Transformers (this could be a rights issue, but if it is, they simply ought not to have put the clip online, and therefore I'm assuming it is here as it was on TV). I understand both of those films are big budget Hollywood blockbusters, but that doesn't make them entirely the same. That Megatron can't hold a candle to Voldemort. I guess Dave was too upset by his date's actions to notice. I'm calling this a tie.