Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the first episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, a show that was famously predicted to be nothing more than a brief moment in the spotlight for some tall, pasty comedy writer. Instead, O'Brien sat behind the Late Night desk for sixteen years, playing the straight man against many surrealistic, strange, and/or just plain extremely silly characters in a response to the caustic, ironic, too-cool-for-school David Letterman years. O'Brien, original executive producer Robert Smigel, and a comedy hall of fame inaugural writing staff that included the names C.K., Odenkirk, and Stamatopoulos opted to build their Late Night show as an intelligent, possibly blatantly [...]
Standup and Conan audience warm-up guy Jimmy Pardo will be taking Andy Richter's place as sidekick on the TBS talk show tonight and tomorrow night. Richter will be busy for the next two days filming a pilot for a Fox game show called Step Up that was announced this morning, so Pardo will be temporarily bumped up to handle his Conan sidekicking duties.
Pardo has been working as the opening act for Conan O'Brien's tapings since he was made host of The Tonight Show in 2009. When O'Brien jumped to TBS, Pardo came with. He prefers to be called the show's "opening act" instead of "audience warm-up guy" because [...]
Here's Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter taking you through this year's Oscar movies in case you missed any. If you're a procrastinating Oscar voter, watching this bit is just as good as watching all the movies you were supposed to have watched already and you can just make your decision now.
Sidekick extraordinaire Andy Richter has been tapped to play Penny's (Casey Wilson) father in an upcoming episode of Happy Endings set to air this spring, TV Line reports. Richter, 46, is only 14 years older than Wilson, 32 (I did the math for you. No need to double-check it), but Richter's episode of the show "will address the pair’s relatively tiny age difference," according to TV Line. We met Penny's mother Dana Hartz (played by Megan Mullally) in two episodes last season, but this will be the first we've seen of her father. Considering that he was married to quirky lounger singer Dana, Penny's father is probably gonna be [...]
With the Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York debuting Sunday at 8:30 before the Comedy Awards, I thought it was a perfect time to look back at the Between Two Ferns series. B2F has been incredibly popular, bringing in over 80 million views across the entire series, on Funny or Die alone. Beyond that, whenever a new one is released, it nearly instantly reaches Internet omnipresence.
It's hard to say why exactly the series has had such enduring popularity, as it has maintained relevance for over four years now (which is nearly four zillion years in Internet time or 28 years in dog time). Of course, it's wildly funny and unique [...]