This post has absolutely nothing to do with the Arab or Muslim world. Well, there does happen to be a Muslim woman wearing hijab in the video. However, I happen to be a huge Conan O’Brien fan and I just watched his last episode of “Late Night.” (Any other Arab fans of “Late Night” out there ? Or am I the only one?) Later this year Conan will be moving on and taking over the “Tonight Show” from Jay Leno. This, of course, is a great opportunity for Conan. He’ll have a bigger show and a bigger audience at an earlier time. But it was bittersweet seeing Conan sign off one last time as the host of “Late Night.”
Like many of his fans, I started watching Conan when I was in college and have been hooked ever since. Conan’s humor can be childish and weird but very funny. And he mentioned on his last show that that’s not going to change when he’s the host of the “Tonight Show.” However, I’ve found out throughout the years that the humor he’s displayed on the show is an acquired taste. People either love him or hate him; and that’s if they’ve seen the show at all. There’s no question however that over the past fifteen years Conan has made “Late Night” his own and he’s had a legion of hardcore fans who’ve stuck with him; in good times and in bad. After more than ten years of watching the show (and being one of those hardcore fans), I had the privilege of finally attending a taping of “Late Night” just a few weeks ago. It was an absolute thrill and I can finally cross it off of my bucket list.
As I was perusing the internet today for anything related to Conan’s last show, I happened to come across a video of his popular Harvard Class Day commencement speech that he gave in 2000. For those who don’t know, Conan is a graduate of Harvard and the text of his speech has been posted and emailed many, many times over the past eight years. It’s classic because it not only displays Conan’s quirky sense of humor, but more importantly, he talks about the importance of taking the good and the bad in life, using his own successes and failures as examples. As cheesy as this is, I’ve gone back to read the speech whenever I’ve felt like a total loser or when my pride has been shattered. His humorous words of wisdom have always cheered me up. As many times as I’ve read the speech, I’ve never seen the video until today. Therefore, I happily pass it along in hopes that you take something from it and even have a laugh or two.
Here’s hoping that Conan has even more success as the host of the “Tonight Show.”