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Conan Notes

Goin' to Conan

I'm a day behind when it comes to actually watching Late Night with Conan O'Brien during the show's stay here in Toronto.  I can't make it to 01:30 anymore.  I need more than the 4.5 hours of sleep that would allow me.  Instead, I've been taping the shows and watching them the next day.  Last night I watched Tuesday night's show featuring Mike Myers.

As a Torontonian, I loved the numerous inside jokes and references but I can't help wondering if the show is maybe a little too Toronto-centric.  Was Tuesday night's show at all appealing to anyone who doesn't live or didn't grow up in the GTA?  I suppose it doesn't matter because I fall in that category, but it seemed a little over the top.

I also wonder if people less familiar with our great city will fail to realize the fact we feed the Canadian stereotypes for the sake of humour.  We don't all talk in that hoser accent, in fact, I don't know anyone who does.  Mike Myers slipped into his "Scarborough accent" more than once and Ron James did his whole schtick in Newfie.  And who the hell says Ron James is one of our funniest comedians?  I can name at least 25 funnier Canadian comedians.  I don't think I laughed out loud once during his entire set.  Mike Myers, however, was great as were the "Canadian Small Talk Moment" and "Conan Plays Hockey" bits.  All in all a fun show...for those who love Toronto.

Today is the day I'm going to watch Conan O'Brien tape his Late Night talk show with my brother Steve. I've been warned to anticipate a lengthy lineup outside the Elgin Theatre and that my ticket doesn't necessarily guarantee me access.  I'll be joining the line at approximately 12:30 and that should be suffice.  Remember, I'll be blogging all the exciting details here to check back later tonight.  If you're watching the show late tonight on tv, I'm the canuck wearing the Bill Barilko jersey.

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