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.
posted by Silky Slim
on Apr 10, 2014 -
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]
posted by Rhaomi
on Sep 29, 2013 -
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.
posted by Kattullus
on Aug 7, 2013 -
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
posted by drlith
on Jun 15, 2012 -
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."
posted by Chocolate Pickle
on Sep 15, 2011 -
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]
posted by storybored
on Jun 28, 2011 -
-- 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)
posted by TimTypeZed
on Apr 26, 2011 -
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]
posted by kirkaracha
on Aug 25, 2010 -
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.
posted by delmoi
on May 11, 2010 -
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.
posted by dig_duggler
on Jan 8, 2010 -
"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)
posted by jtajta
on Feb 24, 2007 -
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.
posted by Ezrael
on Jun 5, 2001 -