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This late-night series on NBC is part Variety Show and part celebrity Talk Show. Steve Allen was the first host, starting in 1954; Ernie Kovacs had Monday and Tuesday nights for the final (1956-57) season due to Allen's Sunday-night show on the same network.In January 1957, both Allen and Kovacs were ousted and the show became Tonight! America After Dark, a serious news program with Jack Lescoulie; he was booted out in June to Today and replaced for the last month by Al "Jazzbo" Collins. Allen went on to host his own talk shows until 1971.In July 1957, Jack Paar became the full-time Tonight Show host, but he walked off in February 1960 after NBC censors took offense at one of his jokes. Paar returned to the show within a month. From April-September 1962, The Tonight Show had a series of part-time hosts, including Groucho Marx, and an orchestra led by Skitch Henderson. The Jack Paar Program premiered around that time and lasted three years.Johnny Carson made a career of The Tonight Show, acting as host from 1962-92. During that time, Carson created many memorable characters, including Art Fern, Floyd R. Turbo, and Carnac the Magnificent, while bringing fame to his announcer Ed McMahon and his bandleader Skitch Henderson. Henderson was later replaced by Carl "Doc" Severinsen.After Carson left the series, Jay Leno took over as host. Thus began the "talk show wars" of 1993; it had been expected that David Letterman, who hosted the lead-out show Late Night with... since the early 1980s, would get the gig. When that didn't happen, CBS hired him as a direct competitor, The Late Show With David Letterman, launched in 1993. While Letterman initially was the stronger ratings draw, Leno eventually overtook him. The Tonight Show and The Late Show remain fierce competitors. (The controversy would be dramatized in the 1996 movie The Late Shift.Leno's format wouldn't settle for a few months, until Kevin Eubanks signed on as bandleader. Jay Leno's most enduring skits are "Headlines", a bit previously used by Letterman (under the moniker "Small Town News") on the original Late Night in the 1980s; "Jaywalking", a man-on-the-street skit with real people that highlights American stupidity (on Hollywood Boulevard; talk about playing with loaded dice). He also did film clips with Special Effects Failures with great frequency. He played a few characters, most notably Iron Jay (a dumb weightlifter), Mr. Brain (a condescending smart-aleck), and Beyondo (a "ghost" whose punchline-"first" schtick was almost identical to Carson's Carnac).In 2004, Leno signed a contract to continue the show until 2009 and Conan O'Brien signed up to replace him when he left...but when the time grew near, Leno's ratings were still strong. NBC decided it didn't want to risk him going to another network like Letterman, so they kicked Leno upstairs to make room for Conan O Brien, who had hosted Late Night since 1993. They gave Leno a similar show (The Jay Leno Show) at 10:00 PM five nights a week starting that Fall, the "five nights a week" part being a first-ever for American network prime time. For the first time, there was no "interregnum" of temporary hosts (as in 1957 and 1962) or reruns (as in 1992): Leno's last show was May 29, 2009 (a Friday) and O'Brien's first was the following Monday, June 1.However, both Conan and Leno performed well beneath the norm for their timeslots. The network itself didn't care, but affiliates lost a major chunk of ad revenue and some hinted that they weren't going to endure it for much longer — and thus, the "talk show wars" entered its second round.NBC attempted to fix this by moving Leno's show to The Tonight Show's time slot and bumping O'Brien's critically-acclaimed but ratings-poor run back a half-hour to 12:05 AM. This wasn't received well. Leno was upset about it, as he had agreed to the arrangement by insisting the network promise both his and O'Brien's shows a full year before making any further decisions; the network agreed, but within less than four months they reneged. O'Brien threatened to quit, Leno had as well, and both routinely savaged NBC in their nightly opening monologues.On January 15, 2010 Conan, tired of the whole fiasco, settled on a $30M payout from NBC (later upped to $45M to accommodate his staff) to leave The Tonight Show. O'Brien came out of the debacle with most of the public, comedians, and TV writers on his side, Leno returned to Tonight and continued to host until February 2014, where he was replaced with Jimmy Fallon of Saturday Night Live fame.And in all this history, there was the regular who didn't expect to be one — Lillian Miller (aka "Miss Miller") was an audience member on so many episodes of the Allen/Kovacs, Parr, and Carson versions that she was forced to join AFTRA. She also frequented Game Shows (including Match Game and Whats My Line), The Merv Griffin Show, The Carol Burnett Show, and even appeared on The Jack Paar Program in November 1962 as a guest alongside Liberace and Cassius Clay.
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Inner Monologue: An occasional monologue gag involves Jimmy talking about a subject that bores one of the Roots band members because they don't understand it; when Jimmy asks the band member what they think, they start talking about it, and Jimmy has his own inner monologue where he's concerned how much smarter the band member is than he.
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Fanservice Extra: The woman that Conan always rescues in "Noches de Pasion con Señor O'Brien".
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Side Effects Include...: Parodied in the "Andy'll Try It" where La Bamba was forced to drink Tofurkey & Gravy Soda:
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Stealth Pun: Listen closely to the songs that The Roots play when a guest is introduced. The lyrics are often slightly tweaked to make a pun on the celebrity's name, current project, or something else they're known for.
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Broken Record / Manipulative Editing: One "Conan on the Aisle" sketch had Conan criticizing Public Enemies for being too repetitive, which padded the running time. A clip from the film was shown where an announcement was made to look to your left and then to your right to see if you spot John Dillinger. In the actual film, the audience only did this once, but as presented in this segment, they were instructed to look to their left and right several times.
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Suit Of Awesome: In one episode Allen sat in a giant teacup in warm water with 200 lemon wedges while wearing a Suit of Teabags. Years later, this stunt would inspire David Letterman to wear Suits of Alka-Seltzer, Rice Krispies, and Velcro at various times during Late Night.
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Loophole Abuse: In 2005, Leno was called to testify for the defense in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial, as he was familiar with the accuser and his family. This didn't keep him from his regular gig, but he was legally unable to joke about anything related to it during his nightly monologues. The solution was to have other comedians (Roseanne Barr, Drew Carey, etc.) take over for a chunk of said monologues and tell all the Michael Jackson jokes they pleased.
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Juxtaposition Gag: Many clippings sent to the "Headlines" segment involve amusing accidental juxtapositions. It can be two ads with incompatible content placed next to each other, or two ads with pictures placed together to create improbable anatomy. Other times, the headline of one article is next to a picture from a different news story altogether, with unfortunate implications. (For example, a story of murder victims' bodies being recovered from a yard was placed next to a photo of then-President Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy with shovels, as they cheerfully broke ground on his presidential library.) Parodied on The Simpsons, where Marge cuts out this article to send in: "Ketchup Truck Crashes into Hot Dog Stand - 30 Dead."
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Get Out: Shouted repeatedly when Jimmy fired Rose the camerawoman.
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Raging Stiffie: In the 6/8/15 "Screengrabs", a doctor's name was "Dr. Richard D. Stiff". Naturally, this led Jimmy and Steve to exchange penis puns.
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Ironic Echo: Used numerous times during any interview with Charles Grodin, for comedic effect.
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Beware Of Vicious Dog: Patrick the writer is always mauled by a stray dog. Often lampshaded by Fallon, who is confused why there are random dogs wandering the studio.
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Helium Speech: Morgan Freeman and Jimmy sucked some helium to talk like this.
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Dramatic Unmask: Hashtag the Panda unmasked in a June 2014 episode. Turns out it was Ben Stiller all along.
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Blatant Lies: The premise of "Box of Lies", where the object is to trick the other player about the contents of a box.
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A Date with Rosie Palms: In the 4/28/15 "Pros and Cons" of buying an Apple Watch, the pro was "It tracks your wrist's movement to calculate how much you've walked." The con was: "Apparently teenage boys walk a LOT." When Chevy Chase helped out on a segment of "Audience Suggestion Box", he came out sporting a cast. When asked how he got it, he said he was whacking off to old episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
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Big Applesauce: Production of the show returned to New York when Fallon took over.
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Must Have Nicotine: Due to the changing views towards smoking, Carson eventually stopped smoking on screen. That didn't mean he stopped smoking on set. He would hold a lit cigarette on his lap and take discrete puffs whenever the monitor showed that he wasn't in the shot, exhaling upwards to keep the smoke from showing on screen. His desk even had a special fan installed to draw away the smoke from his hidden cigarette.
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Re Tool: It was more of a news show than an entertainment program.
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Squick: Invoked. One Headline involved using cremated ashes being used to paint portraits for a widower. The audience groaned more than they laughed, which led to this:
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Vox Pops: "Jaywalking".
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Take That: When NBC anchor Brian Williams was a guest, he delivered quite a few good-natured take thats to Fallon, mostly claiming that his newscast is supporting Fallon's show and that he's doing something that actually matters.
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Funny Background Event: In the first episode of 2010, Conan asked La Bamba what his New Year's resolution would be. Check out Scott Healy behind La Bamba; he's desperately trying not to crack up.
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Anvil on Head: Or rather, anvil on crotch. A pratfall (along with a random dog that bites his crotch) that frequently occurs to Patrick the writer.
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Head Pet: Johnny's encounter with an undiapered pygmy marmoset is a blooper-reel favorite.
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Stalker with a Crush: One "Hashtags" featured the subject of "Why I'm Single". One of the submissions was "One time I told a girl she was beautiful, and after she responded with thank you, I said, "Yeah I've been watching you a lot."" Then Jimmy gave a creepy stare into the camera while a Drone of Dread played.
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Corpsing: At the start of "Thank You Notes", James Poyser plays some piano music to accompany it, and Jimmy and Steve Higgins often comment on his facial expressions as he plays. This often causes Poyser to crack a smile, even if he's trying to maintain a serious look. When he and Carol Burnett were doing a skit for "Tensions", Jimmy Fallon was visibly corpsing on the second clip when the cappuccino foam didn't come off properly. Earlier, Carol was giving him tips on how to prevent corpsing. Jimmy is infamous for doing a lot of this in general. He was frequently criticized for it during his time on Saturday Night Live, but it arguably works in his favor in his role as a talk show host, when he can just be himself for most of the show or when it adds Stylistic Suck to an already ridiculous sketch.
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Carson Daly, whose show is on at a dead hour and always on the brink of cancellation, appeared in the crowd of Kimmel's show asking if he could have his job.
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Milestone Celebration: Prime-time specials to observe his anniversary – 1972, to celebrate Carson's 10th anniversary of hosting the show; 1977, for his 15th; and annually from 1979-1991. The first special was rather limited as far as showing "classic" highlights, since most shows had been erased or recorded over, although famous moments – i.e., Ed Ames' tomahawk throw, the Dragnet parody, Tiny Tim's wedding and others – were preserved and shown. The later specials had more archived clips, since all shows produced after sometime in 1972 exist.
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Off the Rails: Could occur with certain guests. See the Burt Reynolds / Dom DeLuise episode from the '70s for just one instance.
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Persona Non Grata: During the long-running "feud" between Conan and Newark mayor Cory Booker, Cory banned Conan from Newark airport, to which Conan banned Cory from L.A.'s airports. Then, Cory upped the ante by banning Conan from the entire state of New Jersey.
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Couch Gag
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Couch Gag / Once an Episode: Towards the end of the opening theme song, The Roots will shout which episode number it is.
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Parallel Porn Titles
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Parallel Porn Titles: In a Triumph sketch where he visited a dog hotel in L.A., he took over a room and ordered one of the hosts to play a bunch of dog porn videos for him: "Turner and Cootch", "Marley in Me", "Beverly Hills Chi-Hoo-Hah", "Rear Bud: Golden Receiver", "An American's Tail: Fievel Goes Deep", "Homeward Bound and Gagged", and "Lassie Come Twice". On the last week of shows, Conan mentioned that during the NBC fiasco, he was given an offer by an adult film company to star in one of their porn films. He was "seriously considering" it, and listed off a variety of porn titles that he might star in, including "Conan the Impaler", "Conan Gets the Late Shaft", "In the Rear 3000", Conan the Bangbarian, and The Fisterhood of the Traveling Time Slots.
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Cool Car
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Cool Car / The Alleged Car: Conan's 1992 Ford Taurus SHO played both roles as needed, seemingly varying based on whether or not he washed it for that particular star turn.
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Hurricane of Puns
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Hurricane of Puns: This tends to happen whenever Jimmy makes a pun, Steve pipes up with one of his own, and the two go completely off-script trying to out-pun each other. These are frequently of the biological and/or scatological variety.
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GoodNewsBadNews
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Good News, Bad News: "Pros and Cons". Inverted with "I've Got Good News and Good News"
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Product Placement
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Product Placement: A sly one. Fallon has expressed a desire to get a truck, and on the 3/31/14 episode, he finally announced that he would be buying a Ford F-150. Guess what one of the sponsors for the show is? Ford. The various items that were given away to the audience during the "12 Days of Christmas" certainly counts as a plug.
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Body Horror
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Body Horror: In one sketch, Conan shot Wax Tom Cruise and Wax Fonz out of a cannon... with the catch that they didn't have enough money to rent a cushion for them to land on. This resulted in the Tom Cruise model breaking in half upon hitting the ground, and Fonz's face getting mutilated. When Conan brought the two back into the studio, he warned young children to leave the room before showing the Fonz's busted-up face.
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George Jetson Job Security
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George Jetson Job Security: During one of the "In the Year 3000" skits, La Bamba was unprepared for the robe that lowered from the ceiling and ducked out of the way just before it hit his head. After he got the robe on and everyone laughed, Conan (kidding, of course) announced: "You're fired. What the hell!" In another episode, Conan noticed that the band members were watching a baseball game during the show. Conan casually remarked to the bandleader, "Well you're fired."
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Last Stand
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Last Stand: The comedy talk show version. Conan, knowing he had about two weeks before NBC forced him off the show, started reaming out his own network (and Leno) on a nightly basis.
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10-Minute Retirement
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10-Minute Retirement: Although in this case, he had a reason. Namely...
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Flipping the Bird
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Flipping the Bird: William Shatner gave Conan the finger during one of his interviews.
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Un Person
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Unperson: Shortly after the end of Conan's run, NBC erased just about every single trace of him from their website even going back to before his Late Night run, including his picture from the mural at 30 Rockefeller Center (replacing it with Leno). Pretty much the only things involving Conan still on the NBC and Hulu websites are the episode of Saturday Night Live he guest hosted in 2001, and the 30 Rock episode "Tracy Does Conan" in which he guests and plays an important role in the plot. Even the "Tonight Show Experience" website, a grand multimedia salute to the Long Runner show's history, was yanked out of existence. Referenced in a mock audition/comedy skit on Conan. Andy is "auditioning" for the announcer position on the show when Conan asks about his previous work experience. After Andy stated he was the announcer on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, Conan asks if there is any video to prove this. Andy sadly replies no.
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Leno Device
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Leno Device: Trope Namer.
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Judgment of Solomon
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Judgment of Solomon: Conan's open letter saying The Tonight Show was an American institution and he'd rather see Leno take it back than let it be "killed" in a later timeslot.
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Bigger Than Jesus
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Bigger Than Jesus: In one of the interviews with Charles Grodin, Grodin addressed something Carson said in an earlier interview, when he said that $18.95 isn't too much for a book if you're Mother Teresa. Grodin found that "insulting", but Carson explained that Grodin isn't as famous as Teresa. Grodin asked if Carson considers himself as famous as Teresa. Carson's reply? "Of course not!... (reconsiders) I might be."
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Sidekick
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Sidekick: Ed McMahon.
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It's Always Spring
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It's Always Spring: Used as an excuse by Conan to justify that his head injury wasn't that bad. When the doctors were determining how bad his concussion was by asking him questions, one of the questions was what month it was. Conan defended himself by saying that it's L.A.; you never know what month it is!
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Cluster F-Bomb
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Cluster F-Bomb / Sound Effect Bleep: When Jimmy fires Rose the Camerawoman, Rose leaves while cursing up a storm.
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Pun
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Pun: During one "Headlines":
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It Is Pronounced
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It Is Pronounced Tropay: A running gag is when Fallon pronounces "controversy" as "con-trah-versy", and defends it by saying the show airs in England. A joke during "Screengrabs" involved deliberate mispronunciation: After "retiring" from the business after a successful improvised joke, Steve Higgins briefly stepped off camera, only to return a few seconds later, with an exhausted look. Fallon asked how the real world was, and Higgins said, "Not good. I joined a group called "Is Is..." It took a moment for the joke to sink in with the audience.
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The Oldest Profession
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The Oldest Profession: During one of the "Conan is the new Oprah" segments, Conan introduced a new bit where Max Weinberg became a relationship advice co-host.
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Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs
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Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: One of the most famous gags from the first "In the Year 3000" sketch: Conan said that YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook will merge to form "YouTwitFace".
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Who's on First?
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Who's on First?: A variant occurs in a skit where Carson played Ronald Reagan being briefed on his day's activities by his aide. One of the most memorable exchanges was Reagan reviewing his plans to go swimming with James G. Watt at the YMCA.
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Final Speech
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Final Speech:
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Variety Show
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Variety Show: He's expressed interest in having more guests give performances as opposed to simply plugging their latest project.
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Biting-the-Hand Humor
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Biting-the-Hand Humor: The last two weeks of Conan's Tonight were downright vicious.
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Driven to Suicide
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Driven to Suicide: Cody Devereaux, Conan's brooding vampire assistant, who kills himself each time he appears by running into the sun and melting.
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Vitriolic Best Buds
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Vitriolic Best Buds: Jay Leno and Terry Bradshaw
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Added Alliterative Appeal
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Added Alliterative Appeal: One of the most famous sketches on the show involved Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) asking Johnny Carson about his stolen "clappers". Among the words that started with "C" (or used the "C" sound) used in the sketch: Clappers, caper, copper, closet, Claude Cooper, copped, Cleveland, clean, kleptomaniac, cleaning woman, Clara Clifford, clobber.
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Too Much Information
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Too Much Information: One of the Headlines involved putting plastic molds on your face. When the image in the clipping looked too much like Uncanny Valley to Leno, he snarked, "It's like having sex with a cyborg!"
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Catchphrase
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Catch Phrase: Fallon almost always opens his first monologue joke with: "Here's what everyone's talking about..." or a variant. "Hashtags" always features Fallon mentioning that this week's Twitter discussion became a "world-wide trending topic" (or, if a topic isn't as universal, it will be a "trending topic in the U.S."). He also always asks the audience, "You guys are on Twitter, right?" (audience cheers) Steve Higgins frequently says "Come on!" (as in "Come on, how awesome is that?") when Jimmy announces one of the guests. Fallon frequently says "Hot crowd!" and/or "I feel the love!" during audience cheers/applause at the top of the show. At the start of "Thank You Notes", Jimmy asks, "James, can I get some thank-you note writing music, please?" "It's time to look at the stories making headlines today and weigh the good with the bad. It's time for "Pros and Cons", here we go." "As you know, we're always looking for ways to make The Tonight Show better. Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger."
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Inherently Funny Words
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Steve and Jimmy do this a lot with whatever Inherently Funny Words come up during the monologue or the pre-guest sketches such as Hashtags.
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Spin-Off
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Spin-Off: Of sorts. In July of 2013 Turner Classic Movies aired a five-part series hosted by Conan O'Brian called Carson on TMC; each episode consisting of five classic Carson Tonight Show intervews with stars such as George Burns, Liz Taylor, and Henry Fonda.
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Amusing Injuries
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Amusing Injuries: Animal expert Nigel Marven came out with a fresh cut on his neck, from the water monitor's tail that whacked him just before going on stage. Nigel went on like nothing was wrong, but after Andy pointed out his injury, Conan became concerned. Nigel insisted it was no big deal ("It's a badge of courage for wildlife guides") and continued showing the animals he brought. His injury became a Running Gag throughout his segment.
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Everything's Better with Monkeys
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Everything's Better with Monkeys: Carson would frequently have zoology experts like Jack Hanna on, with various animals for him to interact with.
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Man on Fire
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Man on Fire: When William Shatner told how he deep-fried a turkey for Thanksgiving, he said he forgot one important step: Keep the neck down. When the turkey neck is up, it forms a spout, which caused oil to shoot up and cover him. "And then I caught fire."
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Don't Explain the Joke
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Don't Explain the Joke: One of the "Headlines" showed an Amish buggy with the caption reminding people not to take the Amish's picture. After a tepid response, Leno quipped, "You see, they took their picture. I should've explained it more clearly."
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The Cameo
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The Cameo: During his first episode as host, Fallon thanked all the people who'd supported him, then said, "To my buddy who said that I'd never be the host of the Tonight Show — and you know who you are — you owe me a hundred bucks, buddy." Then began a parade of people coming onstage and walking up to Fallon's desk to hand him a $100 bill, including Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Joe Namath, Rudolph Giuliani (who thanked Fallon for returning the show to NYC), Mariah Carey, Tracy Morgan, Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian, Seth Rogen, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Tyson (who also gives him a gift certificate for an Indian restaurant), Lady Gaga, and finally Stephen Colbert (the heir-apparent to David Letterman on CBS when he retires from the Late Show in 2015)...who dumped a bucket of pennies on the desk and down Fallon's shirt before shouting, "Welcome to 11:30, bitch!" in his face. (Watch the whole thing here.)
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TheRival
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The Rival: David Letterman.
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread: An ominous held note is heard in "Water War" and "Box of Lies". Occasionally in the monologue, if Jimmy is smiling about something, his expression will slowly turn to severely unhappy while an ominous drone plays in the background. And then he snaps out of it like nothing happened.
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Brain Food
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Brain Food: In one of the Cody Devereaux sketches, Cody was joined by a zombie, whose theme song was merely Cody's but with different lyrics: "Brains, brains, brains, brains..."
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Tabloid Melodrama
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Tabloid Melodrama: When Jennifer Aniston was a guest, Conan remarked how, being in the public eye due to her fame on Friends, there were often rumors made up about her by the tabloids. He then said he was surprised they never said he and she were in a relationship. Aniston replied, "Not yet."
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Country Matters: When Adam Sandler was a guest on the last week of shows, he told the story of how he and Chris Farley were fired from Saturday Night Live. This led to him reciting his manager's motto: "NBC: Nothing But Cunts."
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Newscaster Cameo: Has local NBC anchors submit parody videos of themselves doing (fictional) good news for "I've Got Good News and Good News."
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Rearrange the Song / With Lyrics: On the 10/31/14 episode, The Roots did a cover of the Halloween theme music, and adding rap lyrics to it.
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Beat: In one of the William Shatner interviews, Conan asked Shatner how his Thanksgiving was. Shatner responded that it was awful, because it was so messy. Then he paused, and when he began talking again, Conan interrupted him:
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Mêlée à Trois
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Mêlée à Trois: What erupted among pretty much every late-night television host as a result of the Screwed by the Network situation. Conan O'Brien ripped on NBC and Jay Leno in his monologue, increasingly so as it became apparent he was being forced off the show and/or network in Leno's favor. Leno took shots at David Letterman's sex scandal. Letterman retaliated by spending the next week tearing into "Big Jaw" Leno and the "pinheads" at NBC. Jimmy Kimmel did a devastating parody of Leno on his own ABC show, then visited Leno during a Ten At Ten segment to call him out. Craig Ferguson first said he never wanted to work for NBC, then called the network executives "lying rat bastards" among other things, some of which were bleeped out. Jon Stewart called Jeff Zucker "the Dick Cheney of television, just shooting television shows in the face". Stephen Colbert mocked NBC's dishonesty, later accusing Zucker of wanting to burn the network down for the insurance money. George Lopez (on his TBS show) asked "What does NBC stand for, Nobody Backs Conan?" To complete the circle, Leno ended the week by swiping at Conan's ratings and hitting Letterman's sex scandal again. At one point, he said that "FOX is looking pretty good this time of year". NBC sent executive Dick Ebersol out to The New York Times to call Conan "gutless" and "chicken-hearted". Howard Stern weighed in with the suggestion that Leno intended to screw Conan out of Tonight all along. Jimmy Fallon was stuck between siding with one of his comedy heroes (Leno) or his close friend and the guy who gave him Late Night (Conan), and tried as hard as he could to stay out of it, winning major points from Conan fans originally skeptical of him when he took over Late Night. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly celebrating his first year of hosting Late Night, Fallon stated that he called Conan to offer his support and tell him he would be willing to host Late Night at 1:00 AM with no resentment. Carson Daly, whose show is on at a dead hour and always on the brink of cancellation, appeared in the crowd of Kimmel's show asking if he could have his job. Robin Williams sang an Irish Drinking Song, the last half of which consisted of him alternating between chants of "FUCK THE BASTARDS THAT CANCELED THE SHOW" and "FUCK THE BASTARDS, THEY CAN'T TAKE A JOKE".
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Taps: The band plays Taps whenever an attempted comic bit dies.
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Accidental Misnaming: Conan told a story about how a supposed fan recognized him on the street and said, "It's Cohen O'Riley from the radio!"
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Aluminum Christmas Trees: Yes kids, the show used to be an hour and a half long. The show was eventually cut down to an hour when Johnny learned that many affiliates were preempting the first thirty minutes for local programming and refused to come on until later. For a while, Ed McMahon would do a solo set before introducing Johnny at the point when all the affiliates switched over to the main feed. The Christmas 1979 episode recently released on YouTube by Carson Productions featured a very funny opening segment of Johnny and Ed looking at popular toys of the time which lasted three segments and lasted about 26 minutes. The show settled into
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Mondegreen: Invoked: In one of the #Hashtags segments about worst fights, one poster said they once had an argument with their girlfriend because she thought the slogan for Little Caesar's was "Eat some pizza". note Of course, it's actually "Pizza pizza". In the 5/21/15 episode, the #Hashtags topic was "misheard lyrics".
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Beware the Nice Ones
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Beware the Nice Ones: Carson was forever affable on-stage but had a legendary temper in his private life. Madonna and Sean Penn got married right next to his house; legend has it he was so annoyed by paparazzi helicopters, he went out and spelled FUCK OFF on his front lawn with rocks. After Charlie Callas tried to get a cheap laugh by deliberately shoving Carson, he retaliated by banning him from ever appearing on the show again...on-air, after which he left Callas to sit there pleading pathetically for another chance for the rest of the show. Close friend and "permanent guest host" Joan Rivers accepted a talk show gig on FOX (The Late Show) without first asking Carson's permission; when she subsequently called to apologize, he hung up on her without a word and never spoke to her again for the rest of his life. That's not really a fair way to put it, though. She was a close and trusted friend of his who played a big part on the show, and then knew for months that she was leaving the show to be on one that was directly challenging his and intending to take viewers on an opposing channel without telling him; he found out from a press release. That was an especially hard blow for Carson, who considered loyalty very important.
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Lantern Jaw of Justice: Taken Up to Eleven in the "Iron Jay" skits.
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Heel Realization
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Heel Realization: In one of the "Andy'll Try It" skits, Andy was supposed to drink Tofurkey and Gravy Soda, but refused and made La Bamba try it instead. La Bamba only poured a tiny bit into his cup but Conan insisted on a full glass. After La Bamba tried to drink it but spit it out after only a couple seconds, Conan immediately and repeatedly apologized for essentially forcing La Bamba to drink a lot of it.
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Celebrity Endorsement: A recurring segment towards the end of the series involved Conan declaring himself "the new Oprah" and endorsing a wide variety of So Bad, It's Good products, such as Steven Seagal's "Songs From the Crystal Cave" CD, Killdozer, Troll2, Leprechaun IV: In Space, the 2010 calendar of extraordinary chickens, and Kathie Lee's Rock n' Tots Cafe: A Christmas Giff.
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Sore Loser: On the 11/21/14 episode, Michael Cera whupped Jimmy in both Mario Kart (played before the show) and Catch Phrase. When it came time for the interview, Jimmy started out trying to be congenial, but eventually he "snapped" and lashed out at Michael for beating him twice.
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Smoking Is Cool
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Smoking Is Cool: Many of Carson's celebrity guests smoked, and unashamedly lit up on the set. There were frequent instances where five or more people on the set (Carson and McMahon included) had lighted cigarettes in hand at any one time, with ashtrays provided. By the early 1980s, with the habit becoming less socially acceptable and health risks becoming better known, Carson and McMahon stopped smoking on screen; McMahon ultimately quit, while Carson continued his pack-plus-a-day habit for most of the rest of his life, ultimately dying in 2005 of respiratory failure brought on by emphysema.
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The Christmas 1979 episode recently released on YouTube by Carson Productions featured a very funny opening segment of Johnny and Ed looking at popular toys of the time which lasted three segments and lasted about 26 minutes. The show settled into
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Casanova Wannabe: Art Fern.
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Full-Body Disguise
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Full-Body Disguise: One of the first sketches on the show involved Conan disguising himself as a focus group leader who showed clips of Late Night to older viewers to see what they said about him. Among the comments about Conan: He's not funny, he makes a fool of himself, is probably mentally unstable, and would only appeal to porn addicts.
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Panda-ing to the Audience: Hashtag the Panda, a performer in a full-body panda suit, dances about — to the point of Overly Long Gag — in the wake of particularly corny monologue jokes. Introduced as a temporary Running Gag in response to a news story about a Chinese zoo that put a television in a panda's pen to help with its depression, the faux panda quickly became an audience favorite; its name was the winner in a fan suggestion contest on Twitter. Hashtag has since only been brought out sporadically, such as during the week the show spent at Universal Orlando in June 2014 — and Ben Stiller turned out to be in the suit, claiming to have been Hashtag all along in an effort to promote a new project, to Fallon's perplexment.
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Obligatory Joke: When the subject of sailboats came up, Jimmy told guest Morgan Freeman that he'd love to take a boat ride with him, because then he could call him "Captain Morgan".
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"Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Occasionally, Conan will say this when describing a "news of the weird" story.
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Groin Attack: Accidentally carried out on a wooden target by actor Ed Ames during an axe-throwing demonstration. The entire audience went into hysterics for over a minute, and their efforts to stop laughing were not at all aided by a circumcision joke from Johnny in its wake that ensured the segment's immortality as a high point in his career.
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Gargle Blaster: A possible outcome of the "Drinko" game, which is based on "Plinko" from The Price Is Right, but which requires contestants to drink a cocktail of whatever two beverages the chips fall into. The potential combinations aren't dangerous, but they can certainly be disgusting, considering that the lineup typically includes several alcoholic beverages alongside things like pickle juice or gravy.
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Signature Laugh: McMahon's deep belly-laugh. Hi-ho!
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Feghoot: See Overly Long Gag below.
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Kayfabe
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Kayfabe: When Jimmy and a guest do a skit, they like to pretend they're those characters. It was not broken until Mario Batali mentioned offhandedly.
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Samus Is a Girl
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Samus Is a Girl: One of the most famous skits involved Johnny pretending to be a cowboy but revealing that he was a woman. Only catch is, when he removed his hat, he accidentally removed his wig with it, essentially derailing the skit and ending it early ("Screw it, let's go!").
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Leitmotif: Cody Devereaux, Conan's brooding vampire assistant, is always accompanied by a Boy Band-esque song with the lyrics, "I'm gonna love you forever / and never say goodbye..."
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Calling the Old Man Out: Charles Grodin frequently accused Carson of not caring about the questions he asked, and often refused to answer them without a lot of goading.
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The Bus Came Back: After being banned from Tonight since falling out with Johnny Carson nearly 30 years earlier, Joan Rivers finally reappeared on Fallon's first episode.
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Fun with Acronyms
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George Lopez (on his TBS show) asked "What does NBC stand for, Nobody Backs Conan?"
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Laser-Guided Karma
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Laser-Guided Karma: Following the NBC-Comcast merger, Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts fired Jeff Zucker for royally screwing up the whole Tonight Show thing, replacing him with Comcast COO Steve Burke.
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Song Parody: Billy Crystal sang a "send off" medley to Leno during the last week of the original Tonight Show run, which included parodies of such song as "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things" and "Movin' On Up". He also sang a parody (along with surprise guests) for Leno's final show on 2/6/14. This one parodied just one song: "So Long, Farewell".
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Running Gag: Fallon and Higgins saying "DVD!" in a jock tone. If there's a musical guest, Fallon will play a brief snippet of the song they're going to perform on his laptop and then stop it, saying that the audience has to wait until the end of the show to hear the rest. Steve Higgins "retiring" after a joke.
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Toilet Humour: Much mirth has been made over Academy president Cheryl Boone mispronouncing Dick Pope's name as "Dick Poop": Both Jimmy and Steve listed parodies of real movies as other projects Dick Pope has worked on, all with feces-based names.
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Widget Series
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Widget Series: Perhaps the only major late night show to become one, ever. That's saying something.
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Affectionate Nickname: On the second episode, Tom Hanks shortened Conan's name to "Coco", and the rest is history.
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Failing a Taxi: Part of the gag that "introduced" Conan at the start of his first show. Unable to catch a cab in Manhattan, he ran...all the way to Hollywood. Then he realized he forgot his keys back in New York, so he burst into the studio with a bulldozer.
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Benevolent Boss: Reportedly, the exit negotiations were held up by Conan's insistence that NBC shell out severance money for his staff. Conan reportedly paid out of pocket to provide for staff/crew members who weren't covered by the NBC contract.
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Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Super Mario Bros. 3 curtain, which Conan even mentioned after someone posted the original picture. Conan hires a Na'vi assistant along with his vampire assistant. The vampire is unhappy, and Conan suggests he can start work later and share the role. The vampire ends up running out into the sunlight rather than share the job.
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