Give That E*Trade Baby An Award

I watch a LOT of television. Thanks for plenty of marathons and watching a lot of the Winter Olympics, that means I tend to see the same commercials over and over and over and over and…you get the idea. I see a lot of commercials. My favorite series of commercials right now, though, have to be the E*Trade baby commercials. I liked the old baby, but this new kid is killing it. And of course, by the kid, I mean the editors, writers and voice actors behind the baby. It can’t be easy to match up the adult voice with the baby’s mouth/motions/movements whatever. Here are my current favorites.

The Milkoholic

The Airplane (The “Dad?!” part kills me every time)

The Barbershop Quartet

And here’s some “out takes” that were pretty funny

There’s one more where the kid leans back in his seat and goes “WHOA” that I couldn’t find on the E*Trade YouTube page. Oh well, you get the idea.

Conan’s Last Episode Of The Tonight Show

I’ll let Jimmy Fallon and The Roots explain how I feel about Conan leaving the air for seven months.

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I’m sure like a lot of other people my age who remember Conan from way back when he first took over for Letterman on the late Show like myself, some of you feel kind of bad that you didn’t watch Conan’s Tonight Show more often. Maybe it would have helped. But the reality of the situation is that it doesn’t really matter. The way that TV ratings work is a mess that needs to be updated like whoa. Don’t have a Nielsen box? Then it doesn’t matter what you watch.

Anyway, mini-rant aside, the missus and I sat down to watch Conan’s last episode tonight and he killed it. After the monologue Steve Carrel came out as an NBC employee doing Conan’s exit interview, then Tom Hanks came out, Neil Young played (if you hadn’t told me it was him, I would not have recognized the man until he started singing), then Conan gave an impassioned speech to the audience about how much he’s enjoyed working with NBC (for about 20 years) and how he hates cynicism and then, the show ended with Conan playing “Freebird” on guitar with Will Ferrell singing, The Max Weinberg Seven, Ben Harper, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top and Beck, who did not seem to know how to play “Freebird” and looked generally confused. Unfortunately he got cut off at the very end and couldn’t give his final goodbye and they didn’t post this clip on Hulu which is a bummer. Anyway, hit the jump for all the clips that did get posted. Continue reading Conan’s Last Episode Of The Tonight Show

Conan’s Second To Last Show With Pee Wee Herman & Robin Williams

Thanks to the Jersey Shore reunion show last night I didn’t get over to watching Conan O’Brien’s second to lest episode on the Tonight Show until around midnight, so I missed a bit, but am glad I saw what I did. Like this bit with Pee Wee Herman explaining Conan’s legal ramblings with NBC using stuffed animals and action figures.

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Ben Stiller also popped up for a few minutes to chat with Conan, do an environmental PSA and offer up his favorite moments from Conan’s Tonight Show.

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And then, the human whirlwind that is Robin Williams came out and hilarity ensued, including a dirty Irish song he sang for Conan.

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Barry Manilow was on too, but you don’t really need to watch that. Instead, check out the mighty return of the Masturbating Bear from two nights back.

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Future X-Cops Trailers Looks Awesome

I meant to watch this yesterday, but I tried reading the Terry Pratchet book I’m working my way through around 9:30 and was out by 10:00. Anyway, I saw this superhero-looking trailer over on I Heart Chaos yesterday and think it’ll be right up my alley.

Here’s hoping it’s more Machine Girl and less Tokyo Gore Police, a movie I dislikd so much I turned it off and didn’t write about it on here.

Magazines Of The Future!!!

I saw this video over on I Heart Chaos and am blown away. Sports Illustrated showed off how their magazine will be viewed on a tablet computer. I love the mix of still photos and video, the flip-through option that allows you to look at spreads and ads that can actually tell you more about what they’re hawking. Coming from a magazine background, I appreciate the layouts and thought that must have gone in to something like this. I’m not sure how the whole magazine and newspaper thing will translate once they’re digital like this (which begs the question, why subscribe when so much is online?), but I can’t wait to see what happens. And hopefully, comics will follow suit very soon. I also appreciate the fact that this will retain the editorial structure that most magazines have and a lot of websites don’t. I think that’s an important structure and relationship that might go the way of the print magazine when everything goes online. Oh, plus, the more magazines there are out there, the more potential freelance is floating around and that’s good for everybody, but especially good for me.

Conan, Ricky Gervais & Kenneth The Page

I wanted to watch Conan’s Tonight Show last night with all the craziness that’s been swirling around him and Jay Leno. If you’re interested, you can check out the whole episode here, but I pulled out a few fun clips I liked. I’ve got to give it to Conan for being as ballsy with this whole thing as he is. Making fun of the boss on the boss’s dime takes guts and he, Andy Richter and guest Ricky Gervais went at it like crazy. Here’s a few of my favorite moments.

Obama weighs in on Conan (I’m guessing he’s talking about another Conan, but really have no idea).

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Conan suggests some changes for NBC to make in their Olympics coverage.

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Conan’s monologue gets interrupted by Kenneth The Page from 30 Rock giving a tour through the Tonight Show studio. He gets a lot of good ones in like “It actually took NBC longer to build the set than they used it for.” Good, good stuff.

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And, finally, here’s the four clips from Gervais’ interview. Conan keeps trying to ask Gervais about his projects, but Ricky keeps bringing it back to Conan and the late night situation.

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