Posts tagged as late night with conan o’brien

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 [...]

George Lopez Jokes About Getting Canceled

Say what you want about George Lopez, the man is going out the way we all should: riffing on our greatest disappointment. "In case you did not see the news on unemployment, it's at an all-time high and for Latinos, it just got a little higher," Lopez  joked last night after word came that TBS canceled Lopez Tonight after two seasons. "I'm taking it good, but my goddesses are a wreck… they left me, and I'm losing teeth." Of course, the abrupt cancellation has caused speculation that low ratings pulled in by lead-in Conan caused Lopez to bottom out, as both shows have experienced a decline in [...]

Conan Takes The Flaming C to Comic-Con

Slip on your steaming oven mitt and strap on your jai alai glove: The Flaming C is headed to Comic Con. Deadline reports that Conan is scheduled to premiere a video starring his burly alter ego this Friday at 2pm PST. Seeing as how Team Coco has a countdown page until exactly that time, in addition to Conan making reference to Comic-Con on the show last night, we're going to assume they know their shit. Born last December of a collabo with Warner Bros. Animation, The Flaming C has already guest starred on Young Justice, battled a witch boy and some sort of ferocious [...]

Louis CK on the Early Days of Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Playboy asked Louis CK 20 questions, and one of them is about his days on the early Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Those were intense days. Every Friday we used to think we were getting canceled. This executive would come to the Conan office and look at all of us with a very kind, sympathetic expression, and we’d all be like, Well, this is it—we’re done. Everybody would go to their office and call their agent to start feeling around for other work. And Conan would roll up his sleeves, take a deep breath, get this serious presidential look about him and go into his office and have [...]

Inside the Conan Writer's Room with Brian Stack

Brian Stack honed his skills at Second City in Chicago before being hired as a temporary replacement at Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1997. Fourteen years later, he still works with the late night legend, having travelled to The Tonight Show and then to TBS with Conan. I asked him what it was like to work to work with Conan O'Brien, what advice he has for aspiring comedy writers and to recall some of his favorite Late Night characters.

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 Discovers Chinese Knock-Off Coco

Watching Conan's Chinese knock-off work the crowd last night really makes you notice the power of Coco's physical comedy. Give me 40 minutes of hip string work and I probably wouldn't have noticed that the entire show was in Cantonese. The main difference seemed to be that Chinese Andy was way, way more into his job. Also, on something of a side note: what is Jet Li up to these days?

Jason Sudeikis Makes Conan's Foot Massage Even More Uncomfortable To Watch Than It Already Was

Big government hand jobs. Awkward interracial foot rubs. The combination of Conan's snow-white Yeti feet and his painful laugh-gasm face. There is no element of Jason Sudeikis' Conan interview that doesn't have me mirroring Andy's increasingly distressed smile. Even when Sudeikis checks under the seat cushion is strange. For what? What's under there? The Horrible Bosses clip was the least dark part of this whole segment.

Remembering the Lesser-Known Characters From Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Since it debuted in November, Conan O’Brien’s TBS show has been gradually loosening up and it’s starting to feel like the old Late Night show. Personally, I couldn’t be happier. But as I’ve noticed this transformation happening, I've found myself pining for some of the classic, random characters that helped define Late Night.

When Conan made the switch to the Tonight Show, everyone wondered if he'd use any of his old characters or bits from Late Night. Similarly, after the separation from NBC, everyone asked the same question, secretly hoping that somehow old friends like the Masturbating Bear would make the transition with him to TBS. I don't know [...]

An Extended Interview with Former Colbert Report Head Writer Allison Silverman

In And Here's the Kicker, Mike Sacks talked to some of the biggest names in comedy writing, including Dick Cavett, David Sedaris and Robert Smigel. Here is the complete and uncut version of his interview with former Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show and Colbert Report writer/producer Allison Silverman, with loads of new answers not found in the book.

It’s difficult to know just how seriously Allison Silverman takes herself, or her place, in the hierarchy of comedy-writing. Having spent time penning jokes for some of the best minds in satire — Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien — she’d be justified in some self-aggrandizement.

“Over [...]

Aubrey Plaza Shares Sharon Stone's Excellent Movie Star Advice on Conan

Last night Aubrey Plaza's Conan interview offered a teeny little sneak peek into the mind of Sharon Stone, which, as you might have guessed, seems like a psychic tornado of flashbulbs, couture and tooth bleach. "She kind of called me out on my own shit, a little bit," Plaza says of walking the red carpet with Stone, before channeling the Oscar-nominee as some sort of wire-hanger-wielding succubus. "She kept kind of whispering in my ear, 'If you want to be a movie star, you better smile and be fucking sunny. Give them what they want!'" Says the Parks and Rec actress, "She told me not to chew on [...]

Brian Posehn Readies His Toddler For The Apocalypse

As if weathering the End Times in 2012 as a three-year-old wasn't hard enough, imaging having Brian Posehn as your father at the same time. "He won't even be able to say Apocalypse," Posehn gleefully tells Conan about his toddler son. "He'll be like, 'Daddy the Acopopypse is here,' and I'll be like, 'That's adorable.' Woosh! Skeletons." Other parenting tip Brian is doling out: tricking your child into knowing only the Weird Al versions of songs, and punching them until they slip into to a relaxing three-week nap.

Melissa McCarthy Based Her Bridesmaids Character on Guy Fieri, Of Course

Frankly, I'm sort of embarrassed that I didn't pick up on this earlier; it's so beautifully obvious. So painfully money. As the actress explains on Conan last night, Melissa McCarthy's Bridesmaids character is based on The Food Network's Guy Fieri, with a sprinkle of Midwestern lady. The Kangol hat? The short-sleeve button down? The volatile charisma tempered with an inexplicable charm? It's all an homage. "Every scene I would have my glasses on the back of my head," McCarthy explained. "I tried for a long time to convince them to let me wear short, white, spiky hair, and they were like, 'You can't actually be Guy Fieri.'" McCarthy [...]

On Norm Macdonald, the Greatest Talk Show Guest Ever

Tomorrow at 11:30pm, Comedy Central will air a one-hour stand-up special (surprisingly, a first for the comedian), titled Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Stand-Up. And in a few weeks, Sports Show With Norm Macdonald will premiere on Tuesday, April 12. Norm is also on Twitter these days, sending out a truly odd mix of jokes, observations, and stream-of-conscious updates. His live-tweeting during the Oscars made it actually worth watching. Here’s what he had to say during one of the acceptance speeches for The Social Network. All I have to say is… good golly, am I glad that Norm Macdonald is back.