Shaffner also designed O'Brien's classy, art deco-themed "Tonight Show" set. For this time out, Shaffner (who works with partner Joe Stewart) said he's leaving the art deco behind and focusing on more of a theatrical theme. The inspiration comes from O'Brien's recent nationwide "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television" tour, which gave O'Brien the theater bug.
"Being out there working on his tour, the theater game him a sense of atmosphere between him and his audience," Shaffner said.
Shaffner said he was sad to see his O'Brien "Tonight Show" set (photo, left) disappear from the air so quickly — particularly the show's curtain.
"Oh, I miss that curtain," Shaffner said.
Shaffner's set design credits include "Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "Friends."