Conan O'Brien sat down with Parks & Rec co-creator Greg Daniels over the weekend for a panel called Smart Asses: The Harvard Lampoon in Hollywood. The Lampoon alums met at the University of Southern California's Comedy@SCA Festival to talk comedy and the influence of the Lampoon in Hollywood. The Hollywood Reporter has a lot of great quotes from the event, like Conan's thoughts about having to ditch long-running characters after leaving NBC.
"I was really looking forward to the period in my career where I could cruise — I'm being completely honest with you — a period where I could say, 'OK, here are the sketches people like and no one judges them anymore. [...]
Before many of our most beloved comedy stars made it big, they had the same four-year college experience as millions of young Americans. They sat nervously through the same orientation sessions, suffered through the same macroeconomics gen-ed classes, and shelled out $200 for the same anthropology textbook they were never going to use. But while we were arranging our class schedule so we could sleep in until noon every day, or briefly pretending to care about politics, our soon-to-be comedy idols were quietly positioning themselves to take over the industry, honing their chops in campus sketch groups, humor newspapers, and open mic nights. Below, we listed some comedians whose [...]