conan sans commercials
Alethia gave us an early start to the metro system on her drive to work and we went straight to Gate 3 at Universal Studios to wait in line to get standby tickets for the Tonight Show with Conan [of which I'm a huge fan]. Our early start paid off, and through a series of waiting in lines with anticipation, we filled some of the last seats in the back left corner of the studio.
No cameras or phones allowed (we were watched closely by security and pages) The studio was amazing [built only months ago] with no bad seats and bright with soft blues and art deco wood trim. The band was solid and the brass players roamed through the audience during the pre-show warmup.
During the show, it was fun to sit back and enjoy the show without commercials, although you couldn’t laugh or comment whenever you wished – we were all part of the production in a way. During breaks there was a surprising amount of activity and meetings and huddles between Conan, Andy, the producers, managers, head writer, guests, etc. It all goes towards a consistent comedy production I suppose. Venus Williams was strikingly tall and beautiful, handling the spotlight well and then serving up and taunting Conan with some of her fast serves while wearing heels nevertheless.
The show’s over and I’ll certainly remember it. However, It’s time to hit the road and finish this ride. Two more days.