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16 of Conan O'Brien's Most Memorable Remote Segments

Since Conan O'Brien made his late-night host debut on Late Night in 1993, he's never shied away from taking his work out of the studio and onto the streets, whether that be New York City during his NBC days, the Los Angeles area during his current run on TBS, and beyond — from small town America to across the pond. O'Brien has led countless unforgettable remote segments over the past 20 years, and after his recent weeklong visit to Dallas and turn hosting the MTV Movie Awards this past weekend, here's a look at some of his best and most ridiculous out-of-studio visits from the past two [...]

Conan and Louis Reminisced About Their Early Days at 'Late Night'

Louis C.K. was the only guest on Conan last night, and the two looked back fondly on the early days of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, where Louis was one of the original writers. They talked about the fights they used to have and the terrible joke that Louis forced Conan to tell. The rest of the interview is below, where Louis talks about hitting on a young Gwyneth Paltrow, the Emmys, and his daughters:

Does Doing Standup on a Late Night Show Still Matter?

Late night shows have always been more than just variety programs. There were cultural touchstones, broad shared places for topical comedy and entertainment, and they served as key launching pads for several generations of comedians. A few decades ago, doing standup on a late night show was seen as a crucial, potentially game changing event in a young comic's career. The well-known story about Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show has been told from over and over, by everyone from Steven Wright to Ellen DeGeneres to Drew Carey. Do one great set on Carson, they story went, get invited over to the couch, and the next day, you will be [...]

When Late Nights Collide! The First Letterman/Conan Crossover Event!

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 120,000 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.) 

The last time we looked at an episode of Conan's Late Night here at "From the Archives," we watched his very first episode [...]

Examining Conan's Humble Late Night Beginnings

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 120,000 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.)

One of my favorite things about the Paley Center is getting to see beginnings. Whether it’s the first Tonight Show, the first [...]

The Original Writers of Conan's 'Late Night' on Writing

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 [...]

The 20 Best Characters From Conan O'Brien's Late Night Shows

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 [...]

Watching Conan Celebrate His First Christmas on TV with the Help of Some Puppets

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 120,000 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.)

With each new installment of From the Archives I get to enjoy the searching and researching and recapping that goes into each new find [...]

Tales from the 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' Writers Room

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 120,000 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.)

The nice thing about the subject of today’s article is that I don’t have to start off with a bunch of context or explain [...]

Conan Writer Todd Levin on Why Some Jokes Just Bomb

Conan writer Todd Levin's "Just Like That But Funny" essay for Good magazine explains point-by-point what can and will go wrong when you're working in the "volume-driven business" of a daily comedy show. There are so many fail factors at play when you're cranking out sketches at such a rapid rate, he writes, like for example, poor acting, unforeseen bloopers like botched dialogue or "subpar" puppetry, the inability to perceive the crappiness of one's own work and, of course, the propensity for comedy writers to go too dark. "If there were a late-night comedy show completely run by comedy writers, without any interference from a host, producer, or [...]

Conan Celebrates 20 Years of Late Night Television

Conan O'Brien is celebrating 20 years as a late night host this year, and in honor of that impressive milestone, he and his team at Conan have acquired some of the best clips from his two decades on the air. Each night this week, the'll be airing montages of classic moments, while extended versions of all the clips will be available on TeamCoco.com for a limited time. There are plenty of fantastic moments to relive, like Conan's trip to Ireland, and below, his attempts to hit on some of the famous actresses who have appeared on his show.

Conan O'Brien Is "The Sommelier Of Weirdness"

"There's good random, and there's bad random. There's good silly and there's bad silly, and you've gotta know the difference. It's like being a sommelier — you know when a wine is ready. And if there's nothing else I can claim after twenty years, it's that I'm the sommelier of weirdness."

Conan O'Brien talked to Vulture about iconic bits from his Late Night years.

C.K. and 'SNL': Louie's 19-Year Backstory with the NBC Sketch Show

NBC just announced that Louis C.K. will be hosting Saturday Night Live on November 3rd. It’ll mark C.K.’s first appearance on the long-running sketch show, but he’s had a history with SNL dating all the way back to auditioning for a spot as a cast member in 1993. Louis C.K. has also worked closely with a number of key players in the show’s history, including Amy Poehler, Conan O’Brien, Dana Carvey, Chris Rock, Adam McKay, and Robert Smigel, and he's written for the SNL’s animated segment “TV Funhouse” and for SNL-adjacent comedies like Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Dana Carvey Show. Let’s take a look back [...]

Catching up with Former Conan Announcer Joel Godard

Though I can’t say this for certain, I’m going to go out on a limb and say there’s never been an another television announcer in broadcast history who appeared in an on-camera sketch sitting shirtless in a kiddie pool with a cabana boy on each arm.

But that was Joel Godard, and he did it with style.

Godard was the announcer for all 17 seasons of Late Night with Conan O’Brien on NBC. He wasn’t the first late night talk show announcer to step out from his offstage booth and appear on-camera, but he was the funniest. His willingness to do anything for a laugh, including going along [...]