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.
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."
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
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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
“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
Conan O'Brien's 2000 Harvard Commencement Speech
Conan wrote what is probably the funniest speech I have ever read, enjoy.