The Jay Leno Problem

Im Jay Leno.  I own a lot of cars.

I'm Jay Leno. I own a lot of cars.

When I was younger I had it in my head that Jay Leno was a funny guy.  I’ve since reversed my position.  I’ve also reversed my position on Letterman who I thought was just another one of Regis Philbin’s unfunny friends.  Oh, sidenote–why is Regis doing commercials for Sweet’N Low no-calorie, yes-cancer sweetener?  Apparently this ad has been out for awhile, but I just caught it.  Regis is in the back of a cab and the Pink Panther is the cab driver.  That dude is everywhere.  He and Kelly Ripa are literally the spokespeople for EVERY bank.  Or maybe just for Commerce that became TD Bank.  I can’t keep up with bank mergers.

Okay, so back to the Leno thing.  I caught the show last night.  Mickey Rourke and Toni Collette were on.  Both of the things they were plugging I’m pretty eager to see.  Rourke was really genuine while they were talking, but Leno just came across as…it just hit me…he came across like Quagmire from Family Guy.  Full of loud things to say, but too narcissistic and horny for attention to have any visible compassion.  Honestly, I really think Quagmire is the better man…lenoquag1

So, here’s my solution to the problem that is Jay Leno.  The majority of people seemed pretty excited that he was leaving the Tonight Show, only to find out about this 10 o’clock slot crap. 

I propose that Jay’s 10 o’clock show be handed over to the much funnier, much more human Ross the Intern from the show.  They had him cover the red carpet at the Golden Globes and compared to Jay’s monologue which garnered a chuckle or two, Ross the Intern had me swimming in tears of laughter.  I can’t find the clip of his coverage from the Globes, but click here for him covering Elton John’s Oscar Party. Ross to Diddy: “You can be the Kelly to my Regis!”

5 responses to “The Jay Leno Problem

  1. Jay Leno is losin’ it.

  2. Leno is to Denny’s what Conan is to Taco Bell… Or maybe John Stewart’s more Taco Bell, and Conan’s Pop Tarts… Letterman’s definitely a bar burger (I just lurve bar burgers, but I can’t have ’em everyday) and Kimmel’s a vanilla Frosty that wishes he was a chocolate Frosty and that there never was a vanilla Frosty so he would be just a regular Frosty if that’s what he was… Did you get that I’m a huge fan of Taco Bell and Pop Tarts? Man, where am I going with this comment… and why am I suddenly so hungry?

  3. Leno used to be funny when he appeared on David Letterman as a comedian, he had a real edge to his stuff, and Letterman loved him. Generally he featured a “beef of the week”, which was a rant worth waiting for.

    Getting on the Tonight Show, he homogenized his stuff for the mass audience and hasn’t been the same since.

    He’s notoriously cheap, as a did you know, and banks his Tonight Show salary in full, living off earnings from stand up appearances.

  4. Michael–Thanks for the info! I’ll have to look up some of his old stuff.

    sgottahurt–I agree with your food analogies, though Denny’s does have a place in my heart. Not as big a place as beef Chalupa Supremes or chocolate Frosty’s, but a place nonetheless.

    Otto Mann– 🙂

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