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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.
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:08AM EDT
Conan O'Brien apparently already taped a Game of Thrones reunion special to air after the final season
Sean Bean spilled the beans on the reunion in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter when he was asked if he still communicates with his former co-stars. "Nobody, nobody at all! I’ve only seen them on a couple of occasions," Bean said with a laugh. "Last time, was about four weeks ago in Belfast. Conan O’Brien did this thing. It was the last episode, so we all got together. It was good! It’s funny with work, you don’t really keep in touch. You do so many types of jobs in that part of the world. It’s just like whenever I see old friends or even old drama school friends, it’s just the same, we pick up where we left off last time."
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 3:56AM EDT
Conan O'Brien says goodbye to the one-hour format and his beloved house band after 25 years
Source: The Washington Post
Thursday was Conan's last one-hour edition of TBS' Conan before taking a break, going on tour and returning to a 30-minute, band-less talk show in January. Conan choked up as he paid an emotional tribute to his house band, which has been with him since his Late Night debut on Sept. 13, 1993. Originally called "The Max Weinberg 7," Conan's house band was rebranded as "Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band" upon Weinberg's departure when Conan moved to TBS in 2010. Guitarist and band leader Jimmy Vivino, Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg, Jerry Vivino, Mark Pender, Scott Healey and Mike Merritt have been with Conan since Day One. Drummer James Wormworth, who subbed for Weinberg in the 1990s and 2000s when the E Street band drummer would go on tour with Bruce Springsteen, joined the band full-time on TBS. “Since we began this journey 25 years ago, my band has been a daily source of joy in my life. These remarkable musicians have given their talent, energy, enthusiasm and incredible showmanship for over 4,000 hours,” Conan said. “They have been with me through all of the incredible highs and lows of Late Night, The Tonight Show and these past eight years at TBS.” Even though Conan is taking a three-month break from his show, he has a lot on his plate, including the release of a website featuring digitally remastered episodes of his old Late Night shows. Earlier Thursday, Conan also announced he will be launching a podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, in November. As previously announced, Conan will be embarking on an 18-city tour starting Nov. 2. He will also release another "Conan Without Borders" episode featuring his trip to Japan's Conan Town on Nov. 28. “I’m going to a half-hour so I can spend more time on the things I really love. I’m not talking about my wife and children – that ship sailed a long time ago,” he joked to his studio audience. “No, I’m talking about travel shows around the world; silly remote pieces; interviewing brilliant, distinct people. Really just focusing on the stuff that we love the most.”
Posted Thursday 10/04/18 at 5:24PM EDT
Conan O'Brien is launching a podcast: Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend
Conan and longtime assistant Sona Movsesian are launching a weekly podcast this fall called Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend. "Conan O’Brien really needs a friend," reads the description. "But does he need a podcast? Turns out he does. If only to find that friend. Conan's bringing his favorite celebrity guests by the studio for some friendly conversations. In the meantime, he is joined by his dependable assistant Sona Movsesian, in an attempt to figure out why a venerable TV legend like himself might want to start a podcast in the first place. Is it really for the friendship, or just the fortune and glory? Or is it maybe to show everyone else just how wrong they’ve been doing it up to now?"
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 6:40PM EDT
Conan O'Brien is going on his first standup tour since 2010
The 18-city "Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips" will kick off in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 2 and run through Dec. 15 in San Francisco. Conan is going on tour in advance of his TBS Conan show going to a 30-minute format starting in January. Conan's last tour was 2010's "The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour" that spanned 42 shows following his exit from NBC's The Tonight Show.
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
Late Night with Conan O'Brien's 1993 premiere still holds up as a slice of punk comedy art
Critics pilloried Conan upon his talk show debut on Sept. 13, 1993. But 25 years later, it still stands up as punk comedy art, says Jason Tabrys. "Thank goodness NBC didn’t make a snap decision and gave the show enough time to gel, but I wonder if the prospect of failure helped drive the creativity of the show as much as it ratcheted up the anxiety," he says. "Starting with the first episode, there’s a definite feeling that everyone involved had decided that dying with their spurs on held more appeal than trying to be something counter to what they wanted to be."
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT
Here are 11 essential Late Night with Conan O'Brien clips in honor of its 25th anniversary
Source: E! Online
Included are The Slipnutz, The FedEx Pope, In the Year 2000 and Amy Poehler as Andy Richter's little sister. ALSO: Stephen Colbert congratulates Conan, says "I will never be as funny as you are."
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Late Night with Conan O'Brien premiered 25 years ago today: Conan says his entire archive will be made available in January
Source: The A.V. Club
Conan O'Brien released a special video commemorating his start on late-night TV on Sept. 13, 1993 when he was just 30 years old. Conan announced that 3,000 episodes of his old show will be made available on a special website in January. Also, Conan's TeamCoCo YouTube channel posted the very first Late Night episode, featuring guetss John Goodman, Drew Barrymore and Tony Randall.
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
Conan O'Brien's trip to Japan's Conan Town ends peacefully
Source: Japan Times
The city that named itself after anime series Detective Conan named the TBS host mayor for the day.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Burt Reynolds, Emmy-winning acting icon, dies at 82
The legendary movie star and sex symbol, who died this morning from cardiac arrest, was best known for his big-screen work, but also he won accolades for starring on the CBS sitcom Evening Shade for four seasons, from 1990 to 1994. Reynolds was nominated twice for the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, winning once, and nominated three times for the Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a TV series, comedy or musical, also winning once. He also lent his voice to the late 1980s fantasy sitcom Out of this World, playing the alien father of a half-human, half-alien girl. Reynolds death comes six months after he sat for an extended interview with Conan O'Brien, where they touched on everything on him being "in love" with Johnny Carson to his friendship with Marilyn Monroe.
# TOPICS: Evening Shade, Archer, College GameDay, Conan, Out of This World, Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Burt Reynolds, Conan O'Brien, Johnny Carson, Lee Corso, Emmys, Golden Globe Awards, Obits
Posted Wednesday 8/29/18 at 10:45AM EDT
Conan O'Brien is going to Japan to claim his Detective Conan royalties
Source: Anime News Network
Conan last night announced his next "Conan Without Borders" trip is to Conan Town in Japan.