The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)
This week on Conan, O'Brien has been celebrating his 20th year on the air. Previously on From the Archives we've looked at [...]
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog made a rare appearance on Conan last night, reporting from the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado, where he found plenty to mock amid the microbrewers and beer snobs. He also made a surprising and awesome Moby Dick reference.
Jimmy Fallon has been visiting local affiliates in the run-up to his Tonight Show takeover in February, and at a recent stop in Florida, some of his recollection about the origins of the transition seems a bit off. He's quoted as saying:
“As soon as I got Late Night, I called Jay and said, ‘I want to let you know I want to start on the right foot. I respect you.’ I’ve been a guest on the show numerous times. I said, ‘I’m not gunning for your job. I’m not trying to plot anything. Whenever you’re ready to step down, let me know. But I’m happy at 12:30.’”
But as [...]
Talk show guest extraordinare Eric Andre stopped by Conan last night, and though he managed to keep all of his clothes on this time, his appearance was still plenty entertaining. For one thing, he showed a sketch that Adult Swim wouldn't let him air because apparently McDonald's doesn't like it when you imply Ronald McDonald is staggering drunk. Below, check out his brilliant entrance and his undeniable dance skills:
Rebel Wilson seems destined to become a major star. The Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect scene-stealer is incredibly funny and talented, and happy to throw herself headfirst into things like her MTV Movie Awards hosting gig earlier this year. And in Super Fun Night, which premieres tonight on ABC, the Australian actress gets her first starring U.S. gig in a show she created herself. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be the thing that makes her a star.
The Conan O’Brien-produced series has changed significantly in the last couple of years, bouncing between networks and re-casting pretty much everyone but Wilson. After all that, ABC decided not to air [...]