Conan O'Brien has proven to be the perfect podcast host
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend has already hit its stride after just eight episodes. "One could argue that O’Brien is a particularly willing crucible for all the change that’s constantly disrupting the comedy world: digital media, distributed audiences, democratized competition," says Nicholas Quah, adding: "It makes sense, then, that a podcast would be part of that effort. After all, the podcast scene is bumpin’, and basically everybody has a podcast these days, from various news organizations to government agencies to various talented aspirants to professional athletes to your cousins and aunts. Also, and more importantly, podcasting as a business proposition naturally fits into O’Brien’s strategy: Podcasting proponents champion the medium’s intimacy and its particularly strong capacity to facilitate direct relationships between the comedian and his fans."
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