Garry Shandling – The Larry Sanders Show An obnoxious, absorbed parody of a late-night host collides with an equally over-the-top performer in the final episode of The Larry Sanders Show. The critically-acclaimed series openly mocked the heavy-handed conventions of late-night goodbyes, preferring satire over gravitas. Pomposity is punctured by a positively manic Jim Carrey delivering a diva, tour-de-force performance of the musical roof-raiser “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” Carrey envelops the studio, delivering the song with a Broadway bombast and comic panache, hints of exaggerated emotion sneaking through.
Amy Poehler – Saturday Night Live Another memorable SNL goodbye comes courtesy of Amy Poehler, who signed off from the Weekend Update desk for the final time to take maternity leave and make a move to prime time with Parks and Recreation. In the middle of heartfelt thanks for friends and family, Fred Armisen suddenly interrupts with a spot-on impersonation of a certain well-known New York politician. We’ll let you see how the goodbye deteriorates.
Conan O’Brien – Late Night with Conan O’Brien Conan’s joyful, excited goodbye to Late Night with Conan O’Brien is a strange contrast to his final episode of The Tonight Show. There was no lack of emotion — Conan thanked Lorne Michaels for saving his life and the White Stripes reunited to squeeze out a heartfelt “We’re Going To Be Friends” — but there was no bad blood either. It’s just a gleefully immature Conan reveling in the goofiness of 1864 baseball or happily tearing apart his studio. What a difference a year makes.