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Posted Monday 1/14/19 at 2:14PM EST
Half-hour Conan's first two weeks of guests revealed: The Good Place cast to visit for the second show
Conan O'Brien's revamped Conan will premiere a week from Tuesday with Tom Hanks, followed by The Good Place cast on Wednesday and Bill Hader on Thursday. The following week, Conan will welcome Tig Notaro, Gina Rodriguez, Pete Holmes, Matt LeBlanc and comedian Gary Gulman.
Posted Monday 1/14/19 at 8:28AM EST
Conan O'Brien will drop the suit, tie and desk for his shorter late-night show
Source: The New York Times
Conan O'Brien says "I decided to scare myself" with his new Conan format launching on Jan. 22. He'll not only break tradition by reducing each episode's airtime by half, but he'll also drop talk show conventions like the desk and a suit-wearing host. Conan says he wants to have a more intimate show that pulls the audience closer to him. "I wanted it to have a little bit of that compressed feeling, and I like having the audience right there. It feels less presentational in the old-school way," he tells The New York Times, adding: "I grew up revering the format, and then over time, you think, what’s feeling like it’s vestigial? I really don’t miss the desk. It started to feel like I’m doing someone’s taxes. None of my guests are wearing suits. I look fine in a suit, and I will wear a suit sometimes. If one of the Obamas stops by, or when Trump comes, as he inevitably will, I’ll wear a suit. The most successful things that we’ve ever done on YouTube are me wearing my Indiana Jones-as-archaeology teacher look. And people accept that." Conan also says watching other half-hour shows like Samantha Bee's Full Frontal and The Daily Show convinced that he's been padding his hourlong show for too long. When asked if the revamped show will set up his final act, Conan says: "I’m never going to have a better farewell show than I did on The Tonight Show I loved that show and so I feel, in a weird way, I had my farewell show. I did it. I died, and talked to my grandfather and saw the light and was called back. This concept that I must be the king of late night, I don’t even know what that means anymore. I don’t know who that is anymore. It’s an outmoded concept. I’ve come to realize that there’ll come a point where it’s just not even thought of as late night: 'Oh, you make that stuff that makes me laugh.'"
Posted Saturday 1/12/19 at 7:05AM EST
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."
Posted Tuesday 12/18/18 at 2:01PM EST
Conan's revamped half-hour show premieres on TBS on Jan. 22
“My three-month absence can only mean one thing – radical cosmetic surgery," Conan O'Brien said in a statement. "Tune in January 22nd for a true freak show."
Posted Monday 12/17/18 at 1:35PM EST
Nick Offerman: I almost became a Survivor contestant
Offerman revealed he almost became a contestant on the CBS reality show on today's episode of the Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast, which he appeared on with wife Megan Mullally. “It’s been discussed. We’ve sincerely looked at it in reality,” said Offerman, according to Indiewire. “It was actually maybe going to happen and then he got an acting job,” Mullally added.
Posted Sunday 12/16/18 at 3:05AM EST
Conan O'Brien returns to NBC, appearing in a TeamCoco ad during SNL
Next month will mark the 9th anniversary of Conan's controversial exit from NBC's The Tonight Show. January will also mark the release of Conan's entire 25-year late-night archive online, which was promoted in his TeamCoco ad during Saturday Night Live. Conan previously served as a writer on SNL years before Lorne Michaels tapped him to succeed David Letterman as host of Late Night. NBC's former longtime head of late-night programming Rick Ludwin, who oversaw Conan's show, tweeted: "Good to see a #TeamCoco @ConanOBrien commercial spot in #SNL just now."
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 1:18PM EST
Conan O'Brien reveals his worst-ever guest: director Abel Ferrara
The controversial and eccentric director behind Bad Lieutenant and Dangerous Game ran out of Late Night's NBC building shortly before his 1996 appearance, Conan recalled on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast. “He came on camera against his will,” explained Conan. “And then came out, and I think he started yelling at me.”
Posted Thursday 11/29/18 at 1:08PM EST
Watch Conan O'Brien rent a family in Japan
On the latest Conan Without Borders special, Conan explored a family rental agency in Tokyo, hiring a new wife, daughter and father.
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 1:14PM EST
HBO confirms Conan O'Brien-hosted Game of Thrones reunion special -- but it won't air on TV
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The reunion special that Sean Bean recently revealed was filmed earlier this year was made for the Game of Thrones complete series home video box set that will package together seasons 1-8 for the first time, according to EW. The box set will be released some time after the series finale in 2019.
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 1:14PM EST
Conan O'Brien wanted to avoid the usual Japanese tropes with Conan Without Borders: Japan
Source: TV Insider
The TBS host's visit to Japan, airing tonight as a one-hour special, will focus instead on the newer societal aspects of Japan, like kawaii, the country’s cuteness culture. Conan also had the surreal experience of renting a family. "There are services for people who want companionship," he explains. "I was intrigued by this, so I rented a wife, daughter and husband. I made my Japanese father apologize for things my father had done in the '70s."
Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 2:46PM EST
Stan Lee discussed his obituary in a 1995 interview with Conan O'Brien
Source: TV Guide
The Marvel legend recalled in a Late Night interview how he would work pre-writing obituaries for a newspaper when he was a teenager. Lee joked that having a prewritten obituary is a sign that you've had a noteworthy life
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 5:28PM EST
Conan O'Brien's half-hour revamped talk show plans to shoot beyond its timeslot, edit it down and put the extra content online
Conan, in the midst of a cross-country tour, spoke about his plans to reduce a 44-minute show to 22 minutes in conversation with Jake Tapper at the New York Comedy Festival. “We’re still playing with it a lot because I’ve wanted the tour and this experience to inform it,” he said, noting that "shorter” doesn’t necessarily mean easier. “What I’d like to do is shoot the show a little longer than 30 minutes, have it be very loose and playful, put out the best version of the linear show, and put the rest out online, so they work off of each other.” He added: “Part of what we’re trying to do with this new shift is, you should be able to see what I’m up to pretty much 24 hours a day. And if we have something funny that we can comment on in the moment, that should be put out there at 3:00 in the afternoon. I don’t want to be killing time. Especially in a world where there’s 175 late-night shows, and people are experiencing them in a different way (online). I want the linear show to match what we experience digitally.”
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 1:48PM EST
Conan O'Brien's podcast announces its first guests, starting with Will Ferrell on Nov. 19
Source: The Comic's Comic
Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend's first batch of guests includes many celebrities who've appeared on his talk show, including Kristen Bell, Bill Burr, Dax Shepard, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, Wanda Sykes and Marc Maron. New episodes will be released weekly on Mondays, starting Nov. 19.
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 9:58AM EST
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog mocks Ted Cruz to his face while reporting for Stephen Colbert
Source: The Daily Beast
Since Conan O'Brien is on a late-night hiatus, he loaned Triumph to The Late Show to cover the Texas U.S. Senate battle between Cruz and Beto O’Rourke. While Triumph was easy on the Democrat candidate, he had quite a few barbs for Cruz, whom he "stalked" nearly three years ago when the U.S. senator was running for president. “Ted, is it true you will defend the Constitution at all costs except for when Donald Trump calls it ugly on Twitter?” Triumph said, referencing President Trump's tweet making fun of Cruz's wife's looks. “Let’s be civil here, OK, because this man—nobody should be yelling at this man in a public place,” Triumph added. “I mean, doesn’t this man have the right to sit down in a restaurant and enjoy a meal that five waiters have spit in?” Cruz responded by saying that it was the Democrats who took him to get fixed. Triumph shot back, “I support spaying and neutering, just like Trump did to you!”
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Busy Philipps welcomed to late-night by Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee
Busy Tonight's premiere episode also showed Jimmy Kimmel giving her a "gift," while Conan O'Brien sent a special surprise from his show.