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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.
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 10:43PM EDT
Is snark dead in late-night?
"The era of the Late Night Meanie is over," says Bethy Squires, in reaction to the cancelations of Netflix's The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale and The Break with Michelle Wolf. "Gone are the days when we’d line up for our nightly hate f*ck from David Letterman. Maybe the world is too cruel to sustain nightly acerbic wit, but the acid-tongued comic is no longer the prototypical late-night host. The format is dominated by happy, smiling Jameses. And next fall will see several actors known for their cheery dispositions take over the late-night scene. Hasan Minhaj, Busy Philipps, Jerry O’Connell, and Niecy Nash (with a pilot in the works) are in; Michelle Wolf, Joel McHale, and Robin Thede are out. And Conan O’Brien is stuck in the middle." Squires adds: "Back in the day, late-night TV was dominated by somewhat detached father figures who knew magic tricks, then, thanks to Letterman laying the groundwork, Jon Stewart and Conan opened the door for the snarky and smart. But now snark feels mean and smart feels pyrrhic. News commentary shows abound, but I hear more people talk about the impassioned pleas of Rachel Maddow than the somewhat removed perspective of Trevor Noah."
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Conan O'Brien keeps getting rejected by his dream guest: Pulitzer-winning biographer Robert Caro
Source: The New York Times
The late-night host has become obsessed with booking Caro, who's famous for his epic multi-volume biography of former President Lyndon Johnson. When Conan moved to TBS in 2010, he tried to book Caro, to no avail. He even created a Charlie Rose-style online extended interview show called Serious Jibber-Jabber with Conan O'Brien in hopes of luring Caro. “I pretty much made this thing as a bear trap to catch Robert Caro,” says Conan. “I keep getting other people who are great. But no Robert Caro.” ALSO: Conan is now feuding with Japan's Conan Town over Detective Conan.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Conan O'Brien "calls out" Detective Conan
“I just found out that in Japan the first that comes up when you Google ‘Conan’ is an anime character named Detective Conan,” the late-night host said on his talk show, joking that Detective Conan, which debuted in 1994, has been ripping him off for decades.
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 5:01PM EDT
Conan will cut music performances when switching to a 30-minute format in January
Music booker Roey Hershkovitz, who has worked for Conan O'Brien's various talk shows since 1999, will depart as part of the change. But he might work on music-related content that involves Conan's show and Team Coco digital platform.
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 6:01AM EDT
Jay Leno appears quite comfortable being the "timeless, deathless supervillain of the late-night-talk-show universe"
Source: The Ringer
On Marc Maron's WTF podcast this week, the former Tonight Show recalled his late-night wars with David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel -- whom he reconciled with last year. The interview is notable in that Maron is a Conan ally, having been a regular on Conan's talk shows since 1994. As Rob Harvilla notes, "both of Leno’s major Tonight Show transgressions are hilarious to even contemplate now. The context is collapsing. The Conan debacle is less than a decade old but feels positively ancient: You boys were arguing about time slots? And comprehending his original sin—beating out Letterman as (Johnny) Carson’s successor in ’92—depends on your ability to still view the two candidates as different species." Harvilla adds: "The whole Maron interview is spectacular ... Maron’s goal is to get his guest to express regret, to apologize, to grovel at the feet of his many haters, from Howard Stern to Conan himself. But Leno doesn’t need, or at least doesn’t want, a redemption narrative. 'Who do you tackle? The guy with the ball,' he explains, affable as ever in reliving all that criticism and outright enmity. 'The quarterback. And to me, The Tonight Show was the ball.' In the end, (Leno) was merely a victim of his outrageous success. And so were we." ALSO: Leno is tired of complaints over political correctness: "This is why I don't bitch about political correctness, because to me, times change. Change with the times or die."
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Watch Marvel superheroes bully Conan O'Brien as Batman
Conan kicked off his annual trip to Comic-Con by visiting the Marvel Cafeteria as the famous DC Comics Caped Crusader, with Andy Richter playing Robin.
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Conan O'Brien announces Comic-Con programming for his "ConanCon" Instagram channel
Source: Team Coco
Conan has partnered with DirecTV Now for behind-the-scenes coverage that includes a nightly Comic-Con recap show.
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 1:27PM EDT
Conan at Comic-Con will feature the casts of Breaking Bad and Aquaman
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Conan O'Brien's annual four nights in San Diego will also include visits with the casts of The Predator and M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable/Split sequel Glass.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Stephen Colbert, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon's Trump response cold open amounted to "lowball banter"
Source: The Ringer
"Just on the merits of the actual jokes, Tuesday’s cold open was a collection of low-hanging fruit—Colbert and Fallon adopting Trump’s 'lowlife' and 'lost soul' monikers (neat!), a stray, topical mention of Red Hen (timely!)," says Miles Surrey. "But beyond the lack of ingenuity, the skit itself begged the question of why the late-night hosts engage in the first place, and whether this sort of exercise is even vaguely worthwhile. Frankly, there are no winners here. The prestige and Emmys consideration Colbert seeks, the ratings boost Fallon yearns for, and the general reminder of his existence that Conan hopes to attain will never be found via a stunt like this. What it ultimately achieves—especially for a host like Colbert, who has engaged in plenty of political fervor—is a feedback loop for the hosts’ (overwhelmingly liberal) viewerships, and a distraction Trump and his base is more than happy to indulge in. The solution isn’t attempting to bridge the increasingly large gap between these two poles—or god forbid, trying to be 'civil.' Maybe there isn’t a good solution at all. But at least beacons of late-night comedy could recognize how meaningless, and most of all exhausting, this lowball banter with Trump is. And at least they could stop looking so damn excited about having a new feud to latch onto." ALSO: Colbert spearheaded the skit and tried to get Jimmy Kimmel and Samantha Bee involved, but they're off this week.