I've not been a late night viewer for some years now, but a combination of insomnia, alcoholism, and depression lead me to keep some ungodly hours tonite.
I noted that Dave's guests included Matthew Broderick, apparently a Broadway star... and Teri Garr, whom I love but I can't recall the last thing I've seen her in aside from Close Encounters...
Conan had Jennifer Aniston, who I only know from Friends, Leprechaun, and Office Space, but I know she's a huge name these days... as well as 50 cent, who has the honour of being the last rap artist whose album I listened to in its entirety, as well as having a highly touted movie coming out.
So to those who maintain vampire hours... does Conan draw upper-tier guests more than Dave nowadays? Leno I leave out, as I can't stand his brand of comedy, but I suppose he may beat both insofar as pedigree of guests...
I don't find Letterman funny at all. Conan is pretty good sometimes ...but I find it kind of annoying that he always seems to want to be the focus of attention during the interviews. He'll go off on a little comedy bit during an interview and the guest is left just sitting there. Kinda lame, really. The person was good enough to show up for a taping, let them have the spotlight for the whole interview. He always seems to steal their thunder.
Sure, sometimes it's funny ...but I just find he does that way too much.
I think they are both great in different ways. Conan's sense of humor and goofy delivery are great. I think his depth of comedic ability is far more creative. But Letterman's sarcasm and synicism are natural and great too.
Ultimately, Conan has arrived (actually a few years ago, really) and this argument is worthy!
If you don't watch either, you should try, i would bet you would get a kick out of one them, if not both!
Well Dave looks to be taking a beating....but let me say this, Dave has changed from when he was on Late Night. It's hard to say who would win if it was Dave in his prime vs. Conan. But I would say it's an evolving thing. First was Carson and he was great. Then came Dave and he was so different than Carson but he was influenced highly from Carson. Now you have Conan who is different than Dave, but all comedians now are doing things that Dave did.
But at this point, Conan is better than Letterman, because Letterman has quit caring.