Many people claim they watch The Daily Show for both its comedic value and its surprisingly candid newsworthiness. A new web series, however, could add a new name alongside Jon Stewart’s to the list of trusted late night comedic talk show hosts.
We told you earlier this month how Conan O’Brien announced he would be launching an interview show called Serious Jibber-Jabber. Well, the first installment of that interview show is now love and it looks to deftly blend Conan’s witty sense of humor with, well, serious stuff.
The show debuted with a 45 minute long interview with presidential biographer Edmund Morris, with a disclaimer at the beginning of the video explaining the driving forces behind Serious Jibber-Jabber. "The following is something Conan wanted to do," a deep baritone informs us, "He will make more whenever time and fate allow." The voice then quips, "He apologizes to Charlie Rose for stealing his set." Indeed, the show does resemble the long-running PBS interview program, and this does well to remind the viewer of Rose’s gravitas more than Conan’s silliness.
Conan, though, is still a funnyman through and through, and though he does not outright joke around with Morris, he does have a certain silliness in his tone that makes Serious Jibber-Jabber a little lighter than, say, Larry King’s new online show. His explanation rang out as particularly honest and funny, where he informs Morris that "I had you on the late night program…you left, and I thought, ‘I want to talk to that man for a long time,’ probably longer than you want to talk to me." This desire for a more in-depth conversation could inform future guests on Serious Jibber-Jabber.
It’s good to see Conan branching and making the effort to interview people beyond a few late night quips, and giving us insight into his personal interests in the process. Hopefully he will keep us informed with new episodes of Serious Jibber-Jabber, which is hosted on his official website and supported by AT&T.