Day: February 6, 2010

Sean Patton on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Shades of Belushi?

I watched comedian Sean Patton make his network television debut last night on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and sitting in the studio audience, I knew he'd knocked it out of the park. He had Fallon buckling over with the laughter, he had The Roots laughing loudly and often, and the rest of the audience was along for the ride. Fallon even plugged Patton's weekly free comedy showcase at Kabin in the East Village (after earlier plugging a benefit Questlove is doing tonight at The Bell House in Brooklyn — how very NYC hipster of Fallon, right?). Anyhow. For online, NBC cut the end-of-set plug along with the intro, but the rest of Patton's set remains here (try here on NBC.com if you can't watch Hulu). Direct your attention to the video and notice how much the camera seems to love him, and also how Patton takes his time and remembers to play to both the camera and even The Roots. When I gave you some background information on Sean Patton in my "Meet Me In New York" Q&A with him yesterday, I didn't mention how he bears more than a passing resemblance to the late John Belushi. But just watch Belushi's 1975 screen test for the original Saturday Night Live. There's good reason to compare Patton to Belushi, and for only the right reasons. The funny ones....

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NBC removes all online evidence of Conan within hours of his “Tonight Show” staff leaving the office

While I was catching up on my sleep this Saturday, Peter Kafka over at All Things Digital noticed that NBC had removed pretty much all evidence of Conan O'Brien from its online resources — both NBC.com and Hulu.com alike bring up nothing from Conan's 17 years of late-night hosting (save for an old blog for the Horny Manatee, of all things?!?). A search of "Conan O'Brien" today on Hulu reveals you can watch several clips of Conan talking to James Lipton about his career for Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio, so there's at least part of "Team Coco" still inhabiting the NBC Universal universe. What's surprising about his online disappearance? Aside from Gawker pointing out that several of NBC's recent primetime failures continue to exist online, as well as the notion that removing Conan's online existence goes against the economic reality that NBC should be profiting off of fans wanting to relive old Conan moments by watching them online, well, perhaps nothing is surprising about the network's moves. It may even not have been NBC's decision — for all we know, Conan might have wanted a full break or negotiated the removal as part of the contract settlement. Then again, maybe not. My friend and fellow media-watcher Rachel Sklar noticed earlier in the week that NBC had scrubbed Conan from its poster inside HQ at 30 Rock (also moving...

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