Nathan Rabin kicks off One and Done
- a look at writers, directors and actors who only made a significant contribution to a single film - with a dive into Carrot Top's Chairman of the Board
Cribbing from Pee Wee's Big Adventure
and Yahoo Serious
, this 1998 opus
failed to establish the college prop comic as a box office draw. However, the appearance of Chairman of the Board
co-star Courtney Thorne-Smith on Conan O'Brien
(with guest Norm MacDonald) is unforgettable
Wodehouse on Conan Doyle. I have noted before, while reading Right Ho, Jeeves, how much it draws from and parodies the Sherlock Holmes stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In fact, the whole book can be read as if Bertie Wooster is Sherlock Holmes, or at least that he imagines himself to be. [more inside]
In 2000, Conan O'Brien taped a comedy segment at the NYC offices of Foote, Cone & Belding
. The premise: take a chainsaw-wielding furniture huckster from Texas, and try to turn him into a star using a top-tier ad campaign. In the segment, Conan is introduced to a team of FCB copywriters, who dutifully come up with an appropriately ridiculous TV ad.
The segment went as planned; Just another remote for Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Little did he know where it would lead. Conan and one of the on-camera copywriters took a shine to each other, and stayed in touch. Two years later, Conan O'Brien and Liza Powel were married. Today they live in Hollywood with their two kids.
In a 2012 interview, Conan told CNN's Piers Morgan
: "Somewhere, in the vault at NBC, there's footage of me literally falling for my wife on camera."
Roll the tape.
If you haven't hung your calendars for 2014 yet, why not take advantage of repeating dates
and use the 1975 Mighty Marvel Calendar
-- featuring important milestones like Sal Buscema's birthday, the exact moment fans started protesting Dr. Strange's first costume change, and all the Doctor Doom appearances a mortal mind can handle?
With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
is an arts and culture podcast [iTunes link]
from The Believer Magazine
and the Californian public radio station KCRW
. Each episode is generally a mix of interviews, essays and music. Among the contributors so far have been Nick Offerman, Rachel Kushner, Jonathan Coulton and Matmos. Each podcast begins with a short dramatic monologue, for example episode three
starts with Sarah Silverman talking about her pet owl, in a piece written by Alena Smith (Conan O'Brien has another dramatic monologue in the same episode). There have been six episodes so far
and they are all worth a listen.
Rachel Khan is an illustrator
. Conan is her spirit guide
. [more inside]
Conan O'Brien recently reunited with some of the other writers of The Simpsons who he worked with during his tenure on the show.
The panel touches on "... how
Jub-Jub became the name of Selma's iguana, how Tracy Ullman always hated the cartoon, and how Conan was the only person in the show's history to have three episode ideas accepted in one story idea day."
Conan O'Brian, at the end of 4 days of broadcasting from Chicago, sends "the nicest, most polite person we know"--Jack McBrayer, who plays the rube Kenneth on 30 Rock--to The Wiener's Circle
, notorious as much for the vulgar insults served up by its hostile staff as for its hot dogs. When things don't go so well for meek Jack, he calls in some backup
This week Image Comics celebrated 20 years of producing independent comics
with the Image Comics Expo
, taking a look back at the past
whilst announcing a raft of new titles
for the future, including some Grant Morrison projects
and the long awaited return of Kieron Gillen and James McKelvie's Phonogram
. One strange Image comic that embraces both the past and the future is Prophet
- which picks up at issue #21 of an forgotten Liefeld story and turns it into "future space Conan"
A new lecturer
has joined the faculty of Trinity College: Dr. Conan T. Barbarian. Among the courses he will teach are "Vengeance for Beginners" and "Deciphering the Riddle of Steel."
Late Night Political Zingers.
The best of Leno, Letterman, Fallon, Maher et al for those of us who don't have the time to watch. e.g. "New Rule: Stop asking Miss USA contestants if they believe in evolution. It's not their field. It's like asking Stephen Hawking if he believes in hair scrunchies. Here's what they know about: spray tans, fake boobs and baton twirling. Here's what they don't know about: everything else. If I cared about the uninformed opinions of some ditsy beauty queen, I'd join the Tea Party." –Bill Maher [more inside]
Congratulations Graduates! Here are some comedic commencement speeches to send you off into the world:
Stephen Colbert's advice for the Northwestern graduating class of 2011: Don't follow your stupid dreams
. Jokes start right away, serious bits start 18 minutes in.
Amy Poehler addresses the facts of the 9/11 memories of recent graduates.
Comedian Dwight Slade speaks to his own high school graduate
More? [more inside]
Eyes of a Generation
is a "virtual museum of television cameras, and the broadcast history they captured," curated by actor and radio DJ Bobby
. The site has hundreds of photos of cameras
and of television
. It also includes vintage articles
and a neat look at how the moon backdrop on the Conan set works. [more inside]
-- Anatomy of a Celebrity Caricature. Artist John Kascht looks for the unique character in Conan O'Brien's face and body. And hair. (Half-hour video)
Conan O'Brien disses former talk show host Alan Thicke
for playing guitar with the house band on the first "Thicke of the Night"
show: [more inside]
I Was with Coco.
"If you’ve ever seen a criminal standing before a firing squad and felt jealous of all the attention he was receiving, then you would have loved writing for Conan O’Brien." [via] [more inside]
A 45 minute Q&A session Conan O'Brien at Google HQ. If thought the 60 minutes interview (previously
) wasn't funny enough, this is definitely for you.
gives his first interview since losing the Tonight Show to Jay Leno.
were betting on the former Tonight Show host
to end up with a show on FOX
, Conan O'Brien
has confirmed today that he will do a late night show for cable network TBS
at 11pm, starting in November
. There was no word on the status
of the masturbating bear
On August 8, 1997, the audience of Late Night with Conan O'Brien
was made up entirely of eight-year-old children. The episode in five parts: one
. Andy Richter remembers on This American Life
(starting at 50 minutes). [more inside]
Conan O'Brien joins Twitter.
His first tweet gave him six times
Jay Leno's entire Twitter following.
“I don’t want anyone on my team that doesn’t play to win.”
Red Klotz, 88, has been head coach of the Washington Generals since the early 1950s, and played for the team himself until the age of 62. In the linked story
, he provides Kansas City sportswriter Joe Posnanski with the greatest quote of all time (that wasn't it up there) and recounts his two glorious victories over the Harlem Globetrotters (against 13,000-some losses.) Now Klotz may have a secret weapon against his long-time rivals: after 50 years as straight men, the Generals are trying to become the wackiest team on the court
The Taiwanese have once again distilled one of the most important issues of the day into an easy to understand video
The Late Shift
was a 1996 HBO movie exploring the highly political world of how Jay Leno and secures the Tonight Show hosting job over David Letterman (played by a young John Michael Higgens
) after Johnny Carson retires. Jay Leno stepped down for Conan O'Brian in 2009, for a new business model of a 10 pm talk show five times a week for NBC which some called the future of television
. Leno's ratings have been abysmal, leading to major concerns among affiliates
. It now seems the man who managed to beat out David Letterman may have done it yet again, as it is being rumored that Leno will get his old timeslot back
after the Winter Olympics, leaving Conan's future uncertain.
Watching Conan the Barbarian with Arnold
- DVD commentary track highlights (SLYT)
Why Conan the barbarian
isn't just some big dumb-dumb.
, Stephen Colbert
and Conan O'Brien
fight over Mike Huckabee (which is so much more fun than
Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon fighting over Sarah Silverman
Yeah, fake fight, especially knowing Conan and Colbert are united against bears. [more inside]
"When you squeeze it, its golden brown crust should crackle and even sing. Its aroma should be a little bit sweet, a little bit toasty. There should be a good marriage between its crust and its interior crumb. When the crumb is pressed, it should spring back rapidly. Its color should be off-white and its cavities widely distributed and uneven in size. Its nutty, buttery taste should be both sweet and savory - like a good chardonnay.”
Bread expert and Cornell prof Steven Kaplan talks with Conan
, to pretty hilarious effect, about his latest book
. You may have to snoop around the NBC site - I couldn't find a direct link.
The man is really into baguettes
. He's given a few entertaining radio interviews
, and a New York magazine profile
of him features a list of his six favorite NYC baguettes
If you don't have a great bakery nearby, you can try
Bonus Game: Balance the Baguette! (from a previous post)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Bumper Art Site,
mostly from HD TV screencaps.
[Personal faves: 1, 2, 3.]
Norm MacDonald on Conan
- part 2
- part 3
. From sometime around 1997 I think, he was sick with flu like symptoms at the time. Also Norm MacDonald on the Daily Show
shortly after the death of Steve Irwin.
Conan follows John Stewart:
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog conducts interviews in Spin Alley.
The White Stripes
will be appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien
, for the entire week, starting tonight. The band is promoting their new album called Elephant.
Sixty-five years ago, Robert E. Howard took his own life.
Now, I can't really argue that his stories weren't often sexist, racist, what have you, although I would point out the heroic women who appear in various of his stories and the fact that to Howard, it was what actions you took rather than your birth that made you a person. But no matter what stance you take on his views or politics, I think it's safe to say that the man wrote some of the most ripping yarns ever. In an effort to expose the world to his non-Conan work (which often exceeded in quality the tales of his more famous creation) here
are some good links, and here
is an excellent Kull site that has all sorts of information on Howard's less famous but more textured barbarian king, Kull of Atlantis.
I've been a fan of Howard for years now, and while he certainly wasn't a subtle writer, his work has a kind of sledgehammer power I envy. It may not be for everyone, but I think it's certainly worth a look.