Here’s the thing about Steve Martin – he’s funny. He’s legitimately funny without being stupid, vulgar, or snarky. I sincerely hope his particular brand of comedy genius isn’t lost among our generation (aka the generation who spends money they don’t have to see a-holes like Dane Cook and Daniel Tosh), because he’s a master of his craft. He always shows up to late-night shows with a planned bit and good material, which is exactly what he did last night on Conan (although a game of footsie was not involved.)
He and Conan decide that they’ve always wanted to be a part of a “running gag” on a late-night show, so Steve Martin declares he’s got the perfect gag- his very own “Top Ten List.” Obviously this is a nod to fellow late-night host David Letterman, and it’s hilarious. In fact, it’s the best cross-over I’ve ever seen, at least until the new Batman/Superman movie comes out. Steve Martin is smart. Steve Martin is talented. Steve Martin is your dad …if your dad was funny.
Think about it. There’s a reason he’s been successful at making people of all ages laugh for decades. Making fun of web videos and fat/poor/uneducated people can only take you so far and absolutely anyone can do that. Frat-boy humor is only going to be popular for so long, and it’s such a limited brand of comedy.
Also, I don’t care if it was scripted beforehand—Conan’s face when he hears Steve say “Top Ten List” is absolutely priceless. Enjoy.