I know that this idea that I am about to propose wouldn’t work, but hear me out: these late night talk shows (creak, fall, “my hip!,” I’m dead) should interview more everyday civilians. Like I said, it would never work. Civilians don’t have the media training to provide unsqueamish TV, and most everyday people are Captain Borings of the S.S. Shut Up. And I suppose Jordan Schlansky isn’t exactly a civilian. He’s an associate producer on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and was formerly an associate producer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. On its own that is a high-powered entertainment industry position, located in one of the largest cities in the country, demanding a certain urbane savvy (one assumes? I’m not the head of HR for Entertainment. Yet!) and pop culture sensitivity. But even that isn’t why Jordan Schlansky is featured on Conan’s show. He’s featured on Conan’s show because he is a character, which the staff figured out after spending hundreds of hours with him. My point is that I recognize that Conan’s interviews with Jordan Schlansky aren’t just interviews with some regular dude, and that these interviews are, in some ways, more heavily vetted than interviews with celebrities since Conan and the rest of the staff deal with Schlansky on a day-to-day basis after the segments are finished taping.
But that does not stop them from being TBS Very Funny and allowing one to dream the big dreams in which late night talk show hosts interview common people for laffs and sport. Last night, Conan talked to Schlansky about finding an apartment in LA:
I also enjoy Conan’s dinner with Jordan Schlansky. CHECK PLEASE! (Huh?)