Conan O’Brien and James Corden pay tribute to David Letterman

We previously reported on the heartfelt tributes by Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon to David Letterman on their respective shows before the Late Show finale aired.

Since then more tributes have emerged from other late night hosts.

Conan O’Brien:

Conan said thanks to Dave on his show and urged people to switch over to Letterman’s last show at 11.35pm during his 11pm programme on Wednesday night:

It’s not too often you see someone wanting to give away their viewers to a rival talk show on a rival network is it? It just shows the respect Conan has for Dave.

James Corden:

Late night newcomer James Corden paid tribute to David Letterman on his show The Late Late Show which aired directly after the finale.

He started off the programme with a cold open outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York with Sting and Corden sitting on stools across the street singing Every Breath You Take:

He then had a heartfelt tribute to Dave in his monologue saying how we turned to the Late Show quite recently when he was in New York in the Broadway show One Man Two Guvnors as he saw Dave as his TV pal when he was in his hotel room alone every night:

The tributes to Dave ran right the way through the entire episode with guests Halle Berry and Jeffrey Dean Morgan discussing Dave and the Late Show, including a clip of an early Halle Berry appearance being shown:

James even “brought back” the Top Ten list:

How could you sign off a Letterman tribute show? Dropping watermelons off the roof of course:

Conan on BBC Radio 2 and Absolute Radio

Conan O’Brien recorded an interview for BBC Radio 2 last week when he was in the UK to promote the launch of TruTV & his talk show ‘Conan’.

Conan spoke to Radio 2’s Steve Wright, and this aired on the station on Monday afternoon (4th August).

Click the image below to listen to Conan’s interview on BBC Radio 2:

Conan on BBC Radio 2

Conan also stopped by Geoff Lloyd’s Hometime Show on Absolute Radio whilst he was in the country – click here to listen to Conan’s interview on Absolute Radio.

A night to remember at the TruTV launch party

As many of you may be aware, a brand new channel launches tomorrow called TruTV.

TruTV is owned by Turner Broadcasting – the broadcaster behind TBS which airs Conan O’Brien’s ‘Conan’ talk show in the US.

‘Conan’ will air on TruTV Mondays-Thursdays at 11pm – the first time the show has been broadcast on UK TV.

So, I thought why not try my luck at TruTV’s Twitter hashtag competition last week, where you had to tell them why you deserve to go to their launch party in London:

I thought nothing would come of it, but sure enough I got a DM back on Twitter telling me I had won and would be attending the TruTV launch party in London on Thursday night (31st July), which Conan himself would be making an appearance at. I jumped at the chance and secured my place.

I was allowed a ‘plus one’ so what better person to take than co-owner of this very website James Burrage.

We were let into the event around 7pm and enjoyed some of the frankly unbelievably good food and drink on offer – canapés and, later on, a rather substantial hog roast. As you may have guessed the whole evening was ‘redneck’ themed – all of the staff I saw at the event were in character. There were some very interesting games/themes on the night, including a bucking bronco for people to try out, a tattoo parlour, arm wrestling and you could even try your hand at trying to sell something at the Hardcore Pawn shop.

Conan was speaking at the event so we made our way near to the front of the stage, and he came out just before 8pm.

He spoke for around 10 minutes about the new channel and how he loved the programmes they were going to be airing (one of which being his).

He also said how he thought British comedy set the benchmark for all other comedy – speaking about his love of Monty Python and Blackadder.

After the speech he made his way around to the back of the stage near to the entrance door.

We made our way to the same area where we found Conan doing some interviews and waited patiently in hope of a quick chat.

James got his Late Night With Conan O’Brien Finland DVD signed by Jeff Ross and Conan:

After a little while I got to speak to Conan. We shook hands and I asked him if he would do a week of shows in London. He said he’d love to and they’d have to get something arranged. After our brief chat he kindly had a photo with me.

Me with Conan O’Brien:

Conan definitely came across the way he does in interviews – very down-to-earth, funny and an all-round nice guy.

He stayed around for a little while longer joking with people and having photos taken then made his way outside to be whisked off in his car.

So, one of my ambitions realised – to meet the man himself. What a great night!

TruTV launches tomorrow on Freeview channel 68, Freesat channel 154 and Sky channel 565.

Click here to watch an official video from the event.

Conan in London for TruTV promotional tour

Conan O’Brien has been in London this week to promote the launch of Turner-owned channel TruTV in the UK which will be airing his talk show ‘Conan’.

TruTV launches next week – Monday 4th August – and ‘Conan’ will air at 11pm Monday-Thursday.

As part of the UK promotional campaign, Conan has been making appearances on ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme and radio station LBC.

Click the image below to watch Conan’s interview on Good Morning Britain this morning:

Conan O'Brien on Good Morning Britain

Watch Conan’s interview on radio station LBC below:

He’s also been having fun with some new promotional shots.

Conan appeared at tonight’s TruTV launch party in London, which myself and James also attended and met the man himself – more about that over the weekend…