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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 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 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 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 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 Tuesday 6/26/18 at 8:54PM EDT
Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien video chat over Trump's bashing of late-night hosts
Colbert's Late Show and Fallon's Tonight Show jointly produced a cold open tonight featuring them commiserating with Conan over video chat in response to President Trump's bashing of late-night hosts on Monday night at a South Carolina rally. “The guy on CBS, what a lowlife," Trump said. "I mean, honestly, are these people funny? I can laugh at myself” He also called Jimmy Kimmel "terrible" and Fallon a "lost soul." The cold open will kick off the Tuesday editions of The Tonight Show and The Late Show. (Conan is on hiatus this week.) In the video, Fallon tells Colbert Trump called them “no-talent, lowlife, lost souls,” Colbert objects: “That’s not right… that’s Conan!” That's when Conan joins the video chat.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and James Corden are the Top 3 late-night hosts based on YouTube performance
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
According to "the new math" of YouTube subscribers and views, Fallon, Corden and Kimmel are in the Top 3, while cable stars Conan O'Brien and John Oliver round out the Top 5. ALSO: Watch eight late-night hosts joke about the North Korean summit at the same time.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Late-night monologue writers are finding their jobs extremely stressful in the Trump era
Source: Vanity Fair
"Mondays are a bitch now," says Trevor Noah's Daily Show executive producer Steve Bodow, pointing to all the news in the Trump era that happens Friday through Sunday. He says there's "the Friday news dump, and the Sunday shows, and there’s invariably a weekend Twitter storm.” Jimmy Kimmel Live! co-head writer Danny Ricker adds: “I think we are buoying the therapy industry. There is a level of fatigue and exhaustion, I think, (that is similar to) when we talked about Jersey Shore every day. Jesus, enough with these idiots!” Fellow Kimmel co-head writer Molly McNearney notes “it’s incredibly hard, I think, to be funny when you’re really angry and sad at the same time." Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin, meanwhile, says it's tougher for monologue writers these days because of not only all the late-night competition, but all the jokes on Twitter. “I really envy the Johnny Carson writers,” she says. “Really, they had it so easy.” ALSO: Trevor Noah explains the making a Daily Show episode.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 12:59AM EDT
Chris Hardwick: I've become a customer service rep for The Walking Dead fans
Hardwick tells Conan O'Brien his Talking Dead job is part therapist and part customer service rep for fans of the AMC series.
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Ashton Kutcher is okay with losing his hair
Source: Men's Health
The Ranch star, who turned 40 in February, tells Conan he initially tried to fight going bald, but he's come to accept it. "I'm a baseball cap guy, so I think I'm OK," he says. "I've established myself as a baseball cap wearing individual."