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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 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 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 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 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Conan O'Brien relishes that he can show an Italy adventure while other shows are talking Trump
Source: Vanity Fair
“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."
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
Andy Richter endorses an article eviscerating his former Late Night colleague Louis CK
Richter and Louis CK were colleagues when Conan O’Brien launched his Late Night show in September 1993, with CK serving as a staff writer. On Thursday night, Richter tweeted a link to the recent GQ article, “Why All the Comedy Men Are So Awful,” which takes down Louis CK’s statement addressing his sexual misconduct and his “playing the victim” brand of comedy. “Nail, meet hammer,” Richter wrote in his tweet. Conan, meanwhile, has yet to weigh in on Louis CK as his last show was taped a few hours after The New York Times bombshell. He did tweet last Saturday: "I'm ready for the all-female reboot of America."
- Richter tweets about his struggle with depression: “I have been followed by an ever-present amorphous sadness for almost my entire life…”
- Master of None’s sexual harassment episode now feels weird prophetic
- Where does Louis CK rank among “sh*tty male apologies” from all the sexual harassment scandals?