Needless to say, iO was very much Team Coco, considering that we had people on the writing staff.
I think it was incredible to see fans come together and support in whatever way they thought was needed.
Hundreds of them stood outside NBC affiliates and protested the end of The Tonight Show with Conan O'brien. While many of them stood in the pouring rain, the cynical people asked, "What's the point of them standing outside? Conan's gone anyway."
But that wasn't the point. The point was to show support and by standing outside for hours, they did just that.
I think this kind of grass roots support stemmed from the presidential election. It was Obama.
You saw a demographic that has never had much of a presence in prior elections, come in and really energize the political scene. It was amazing.
It's amazing to see people care so much that they make what matters to them, a top priority.
Seeing the last week of The Tonight Show for me was very bittersweet. It was an end of a legacy that abruptly ended way before its time, but it was also a fantastic way to see Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter trade barbs about the powers that be, in a way that was so honest and refreshing...that it will be a memory I keep for a long time.
This is why I'm very excited to see Tonight Show sidekick, Andy Richter, host the Armando Show at iO. He's an iO alumni, coming back to grace the stage on a special night, February 22.
For those unfamiliar with the format of the Armando show, I'll break it down for you quickly.
The show has a guest monologist, whom is referred to as "Armando". The Armando of the night will start the show by getting a suggestion from the audience and then do a monologue that they were inspired to do from the suggestion. Then the group of improvisers do scenes inspired from the monologue that Armando just gave.
I suggest to everyone that you get your tickets now, as I'm sure the show will sell out.
Hope to see you guys there!