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"Here's a tape of our little visit."

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 - 46 comments

It's OK, you can admit it.

Conan O'Brien once again catches local news media recycling the same joke, over and over, this time for christmas. [more inside]
posted by anazgnos on Dec 18, 2013 - 122 comments

"Good evening, I'm Conan O'Brien, President"

Conan Furloughs Non-Essential Staffers [video, 7 min]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Oct 7, 2013 - 10 comments

Oh no, here it comes. That I'm alone.

Louis C.K. explains to Conan O'Brien why he hates smartphones. "You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That's what the phones are taking away, is the ability to just sit there. That's being a person." (via)
posted by changeling on Sep 20, 2013 - 211 comments

Miraculously, Ford seems genuinely amused at the end

"Harrison Ford Angrily Points At Stuff" Supercut, courtesy of Conan O'Brien.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Aug 19, 2013 - 27 comments

The Organist is a podcast from KCRW and The Believer Magazine

The Organist 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 - 8 comments

An oft-overlooked Conan bit from 1997

Conan O'Brien takes a break from hosting Late Night in 1997 to re-enact Dazed And Confused from Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains The Same" complete with fantasy sequences. (slyt)
posted by mediocre on Jun 27, 2013 - 23 comments

Talking about the Simpsons

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."
posted by codacorolla on Apr 18, 2013 - 20 comments

"The concept was ambitious. Bold. Insane."

Inside The Greatest Writer's Room You've Never Heard Of
Twenty-five years ago, millions of Americans gathered around their sets to watch the launch of a show that would transform late-night TV. This show would fuse comedy and news, offering desk pieces, taped dispatches from correspondents, and interviews with political figures. It would instruct as well as entertain. Yes, a quarter-century ago, America got its first glimpse of a program that had many similarities to The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. It was called The Wilton North Report. The Wilton North Re-what? Exactly.

posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 24, 2013 - 16 comments

Televisual journalists report forthcoming same-sex nuptuals on Conan

Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late-night television
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Nov 3, 2011 - 173 comments

You get me

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]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 20, 2011 - 19 comments

Hi there, the sidewalk is my pillow.

In the early 1990s, Adam West starred in two short-lived television series: Lookwell and The Clinic. Lookwell, created by Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel, centered around West's character, Ty Lockwell, a washed up actor whose previous gig as a TV detective led him to believe that he was capable of solving crimes. Owner of an honorary detective badge, Lookwell ropes his acting students into playing various characters as he tracks down leads. Only the pilot episode ever aired. The other show, The Clinic, was a short-lived soap opera spoof that aired briefly (five episodes) on Comedy Central. It featured West as the overly dramatic Dr. Horton Van Hoon, an alcoholic in charge of a failing health clinic. The Clinic also featured radio cult personality Joe Frank in one of his very few acting roles.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Jun 10, 2011 - 17 comments

Johnny Carson: Convicted Truck Thief

Back in April 1986, Tonight Show host Johnny Carson stole a truck. The owner eventually got it back, but the incident resulted in a messy televised trial that gripped the nation. Then in February 2004, the victim recounted the story to Conan O'Brien. [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Dec 14, 2010 - 29 comments

I Was with Coco

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 - 29 comments

"There's a hand stuffed up inside of meee..."

VentriloChoir performs "Yesterday" on Hungarian TV show. And the story of how they got there. [more inside]
posted by Atom Eyes on May 27, 2010 - 12 comments

"In three months I’ve gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I’m headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly."

Though most 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.
posted by kyleg on Apr 12, 2010 - 73 comments

Team Coco Hits The Road

Conan O'Brien announced a tour via his new Twitter account today. Entitled "The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on TV" tour, Conan picked 30 cities to travel to, but the demand has already been so great that additional dates are being added. The title references the fact that because of the terms of his exit agreement with NBC, he is prohibited from appearing in another television show until after September 1. Conan O'Brien's new Twitter account previously posted on MeFi. I'm guessing he's gotten the hang of it fairly quickly, given this was only announced via Twitter.
posted by questionsandanchors on Mar 11, 2010 - 63 comments

One Tweet, 180,000 followers.

Conan O'Brien joins Twitter. His first tweet gave him six times Jay Leno's entire Twitter following.
posted by misha on Feb 25, 2010 - 108 comments

Generals

“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.
posted by escabeche on Feb 1, 2010 - 28 comments

Shatner Interprets Palin

Shatner Interprets Palin
posted by CunningLinguist on Jul 28, 2009 - 73 comments

How quickly the world owes him something he knew existed only ten seconds ago

Louis C.K. gives us all a little dose of perspective.
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 26, 2009 - 75 comments

Man vs. Beast

Conan O'Brien vs. Bear.
posted by Silky Slim on Jun 21, 2006 - 28 comments

I think we should go to commercial...

Conan O'Brien runs the one Walker, Texas Ranger clip that he never dared run before...
posted by jonson on Dec 2, 2005 - 142 comments

White Stripes

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.
posted by Beholder on Apr 22, 2003 - 47 comments

These People

These People are not actors - they are actual people waiting to see a movie.
posted by GernBlandston on Jun 4, 2002 - 28 comments

Conan O'Brien's 2000 Harvard Commencement Speech

Conan O'Brien's 2000 Harvard Commencement Speech Conan wrote what is probably the funniest speech I have ever read, enjoy.
posted by fil! on May 31, 2001 - 9 comments

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