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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
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
"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
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."
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 2:49PM EDT
Conan O'Brien: "Doing half an hour could shock me into coming up with new stuff"
Citing the movie Die Hard, Conan says in a lengthy interview with Vulture that TBS was initially reluctant with his plan to downsize to 30-minute shows. "The truth is that the initial resistance to half an hour came from the business side," he says. "They didn’t want to stop selling an hour’s worth of ads. But we’re not going to be giving them less content. We might even be making more content and just putting more of it directly online." He adds: "There are parts of late night that feel very pro forma. At this stage in my career doing half an hour could shock me into coming up with new stuff." In a lengthy Die Hard analogy, Conan says that from his years of experience, he's learned that executives are committed to a plan, even when things change. "Sometimes my experience with executives is as if they’re Hans Gruber and the internet is Bruce Willis," he says says. The veteran host also discussed how he's gotten over The Tonight Show debacle, saying: "Without getting into specifics, there were a few people who I felt were not being good human beings. But I see that what happened was an inevitable clusterf*ck. I had a bad feeling the minute NBC said, 'You’re going to go do The Tonight Show but Jay’s also going to be on at 10 doing a Tonight Show before your Tonight Show.' It’s like when the Bachelor can’t decide: All three of us were not going to fit in that hot tub."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Carol Burnett recalls being told "variety is a man's game" when trying to launch her legendary variety show
Burnett tells Conan O'Brien if it weren't for a CBS contract requiring 30 episodes to be filmed, The Carol Burnett Show might not have happened.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
Conan O'Brien on shrinking his talk show to 30 minutes "I’ve been pushing for this for a while"
Conan says his new show will still likely have a monologue and at least one celebrity guest, but he wanted to do "something that fits the modern landscape, that certainly fits the way I interact with my fans more. I was looking for something more lean and agile.” TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly pointed out that the 30-minute show wouldn't necessarily mean less content. There will be more opportunity to do non-show things like an upcoming live tour with his Team Coco comedians and "Clueless Gamer" segments, as well as "Conan Without Borders." “It’s not going to be a whole new Conan with a shaved head and an eye patch and a falcon on his shoulder,” says Conan.
- Conan says doing "Conan Without Borders" inspired him to make the change: "At this stage in my career I’d like to do much more of the stuff I love and am passionate about"
- Conan briefly considered an hourlong weekly format, but he ultimately "felt more comfortable" with a daily 30 minutes
- Watch Conan and Bill Hader tackle God of War for "Clueless Gamer"
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 12:55PM EDT
Conan will shift to a 30-minute "less structured" talk show format in 2019
Conan O'Brien will continue to host his TBS talk show four nights a week, but the reduced workload will allow him to do more work outside the studio, including "Conan Without Borders" episodes that he has excelled at in recent years. The Conan makeover is part of TBS' long-term plan for the late-night host. “Since I inherited my Late Night show in 1993, TV has changed exponentially,” Conan said in a statement. “I’d like to think I have evolved with many of these changes, but now it’s time to take the next leap. A half-hour show will give me the time to do a higher percentage of the comedy in, and out, of the studio that I love and that seems to resonate in this new digital world. It’s still going to be me hosting a very silly show, but I want segments on my half-hour program to link to digital content, deepening the experience for my younger fans, and confusing my older ones.” ALSO: Conan's entire Late Night with Conan O’Brien NBC archives will soon be available on Team Coco -- including the Masturbating Bear.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shares a Conan monologue joke about him on Instagram
The billionaire endorsed Conan O'Brien gently ribbing his plans to "spend the majority of his fortune getting himself into space."
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
Check out a compendium of Conan O'Brien's monologue transitions
Comedian and longtime Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin tweeted a compilation of the transitions she and her fellow writers use in in putting together the late-night host's monologue. ALSO: Conan jokingly credits "Conan in Korea" for paving the way for the Korean peace process.
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 10:49PM EDT
Conan mocks Netflix seeming to greenlight "everything"
"Hey green light! You're greenlit!"
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Dana Carvey recalls his long friendship with George H.W. and Barbara Bush
"I've never seen a marriage that was that effortless," Carvey told Conan O'Brien, in remembering the late first lady. "They just had so much fun together." Carvey, who is most famous for his Bush impression, said Barbara was "so witty and funny."
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:54AM EDT
Jim Carrey crashes Jeff Daniels' Conan interview
The <i>Dumb and Dumber</i> co-stars had an impromptu reunion Tuesday with the help of Conan O'Brien.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
Watch Timothy Olyphant forget how to plug Santa Clarita Diet on Conan
In a newly released clip, Olyphant had a "mini breakdown" trying to remember what his Netflix show was all about.
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Conan O'Brien relishes that he can show an Italy adventure while other shows are talking Trump
“There’s part of me that is delighted that everyone is talking about the raid on Trump’s lawyer, and what was seized, and what’s in those papers. And what’s Conan up to? He’s in Italy with one of his producers, torturing him,” he says of this week's Conan Without Borders episode, adding: “I love that this show is just a confection. It’s just pure silliness."