S. Scott Conner: Talk Show Host In A Box?
S. Scott Conner “Mayhem in a Bottle”
It’s Wednesday evening in Malibu at Cafe Habana. The night aroma is a pleasant mixture of Pacific ocean breeze and mixed cocktails. I am scheduled to meet with S. Scott Conner, the talk show host that made headlines with his record-breaking ratings for his talk show, The Scott Conner Show on KRQE, a local Albuquerque CBS station. Scott also made headlines when he threw down the proverbial gauntlet by challenging Jimmy Fallon to a “Talk-Off“. Watch the clip and judge for yourselves. Needless to say with guts like that I had to meet him. Scott now has a Kickstarter campaign to relaunch his show at a the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. With the approval of the hotel, Scott is ready to get things going again.
As I round the corner, I see S. Scott Conner who is quite tall, encircled by a small crowd. It turns out, he was just talking and people gravitated towards him. When I ask him about his outgoing personality, he simply shrugged and looked at me and said,
“This is who I am, this is what I am…a talk show host. This goes beyond passion, this is my calling.”- S. Scott Conner
During the interview which lasts about 45 minutes, Scott reveals that he got his show off the ground in New Mexico with no money. He explains that he ran five nights/week for ten weeks and his ratings soared. “The natural progression”, Scott continues “is to do a show in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas where a live late night variety show has never before been done.” Drawing inspiration from Johnny Carson and Laugh-In, with a hosting style of Dean Martin, and sprinkle in a little Midnight Special, Scott promises a show like nothing else. He wants also to focus on talent on the verge of being discovered. He describes his show as “mayhem in a bottle”.
When asked why he moved to Los Angeles from New Mexico when Albuquerque is expanding its entertainment venues and opportunities, S. Scott Conner explains, “This is where you have to be if you want to make it in the entertainment industry. People in the industry respect the struggle and understand it. More respect is given if you can show that you’ve paid your dues.”
“If Jay Leno quit tomorrow I could sit in his chair and do his job. Would I be nervous, yes, but I could do it and do it well. That’s how good I am and my ratings prove it.”-S. Scott Conner
Why Geek Smash to promote your show?
Because I’m a geek and a fan of Geek Smash. Now days it’s cool to be a geek. My first show I was heckled in Wookie by Chewbacca. Star Wars, as much attention as it gets, still deserves more homage. It’s one of those movies that I will always remember as one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you do?
I would be a medical massage therapist for which I am nationally certified and licensed in two states.
If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be?
Billy the Kid because of my fascination with the him and because of my love of the southwest. I believe that William H. Bonney died in 1950 and was not killed by Pat Garret but rather lived on and died of old age years later.
If you had Billy the Kid on your show, what question would you ask him?
Does it sadden you to see how technology is changing the world? I love the freedom that the southwest represents. I have a small ranch in New Mexico. When I’m there I have a gun on my hip and there are places on my ranch where no one has ever stepped before. This excites me.
Interviewing S. Scott Conner was like talking to Willy Wonka with reason. He was eclectic and in a class of his own while entertaining, funny, and quick-witted. Of course there were far more questions asked and much more discussion but I am choosing the best of the best for this article.
In closing, a talk show host is not something we as Americans should take lightly. These are the people who shape our memories and inform us of the latest goings-on all the while making us laugh and enjoy our lives a little more. Their skits form our pop-culture lingo and give us funny things to talk about with our friends and co-workers during our daily grind. Check out S. Scott Conner’s Kickstarter and decide for yourself if this is who you want to shape your memories. Need a nudge? Check out his website: Scott Conner Show. You can verify his Geek status there because he made this website completely from scratch by himself and is entirely self-taught.