Conan vs. Colbert vs. Stewart
Although I’m of the opinion that someone is, in some way, helping to write late-night TV despite the supposition that there are no writers during the strike (I simply have a hard time buying that everything is improvised, or that the hosts are writing all their material with no help), there is a certain amusement in seeing what zaniness can become possible when one is forced to put on a TV show while hamstrung without one’s WGA-card-carrying staffers.
Specifically, I’m talking about the mock feud between Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, and Jon Stewart that started a few weeks ago and eventually took on a life of its own. It centers on the question of who “made” Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, with each late-night talk-show host taking credit for the success of Huckabee’s campaign, and leading to a battle of goofy one-upmanship.
The “feud” culminated Monday with all three talk-show hosts appearing on each of the other’s shows, ending on Conan’s show with a hilariously pointless slapstick free-for-all that reminds you how random Three Stooges mock violence becomes possible amid a desperate attempt to fill time. I must say, this is a good example of turning your restrictions into strengths and using comic teamwork to pull off a multi-show stunt gag.
I won’t explain any more because the video is explanation enough. Go watch it.