Last week, Andrés du Bouchet, one of Conan O'Brien's writers, took to Twitter to vent some of his feelings about the state of late-night comedy. It wasn't exactly pretty, and some of the tweets (almost all of which have now been deleted) criticized the current practice of linking random celebrity to comedy, among other things. Oh, and yes, if you're wondering, there was definitely a screw-lip-synching tweet. (Sorry, Fallon.) Uproxx saved some of the mini-missives, and over the weekend, Bouchet's rant gained traction, as well as detractors — the most significant, his boss, O'Brien, which makes for an auspicious start to this week in late-night.
Here are some of du Bouchet's now-deleted tweets:
Comedy in 2015 needs a severe motherfucking shakeup. No celebrities, no parodies, no pranks, no mash-ups or hashtag wars. I’m fat.
and shove your lip-synching up your ass.
Prom King Comedy. That’s what I call all this shit. You’ve let the popular kids appropriate the very art form that helped you deal. Fuck.
None of the funniest stuff ever involved celebrity cameos.
Once again I’m a bonehead for tweeting as a fan of comedy instead of as a guy who earns a living doing it.
@guybranum thanks but now comes the inevitable dressing down at work for criticizing other talk shows!
add games and lip synching and nostalgia and karaoke to this list.
Sorry for being a bloviating elitist windbag last night. I know tons of talented people are making the stuff I enjoy shitting all over.
Geez I wish this many people gave a crap about my opinions when I was THE leading oncological researcher in the world.— Andrés du Bouchet (@dubouchet) April 19, 2015
Well now that that's all over (please?) I'd like to get back to my pitch for The Vroom. It's The Room but w/ Vin Diesel as Johnny.— Andrés du Bouchet (@dubouchet) April 19, 2015
And, get ready for the mike-drop:
I wish one of my writers would focus on making my show funnier instead of tweeting stupid things about the state of late night comedy.— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) April 19, 2015