Conan O'Brien was born in Brookline, Massachusetts and started his path in comedy when he served twice as the president of The Harvard Lampoon. Conan went on to become a writer and producer on several television shows, including "Saturday Night Live" and "The Simpsons," until 1993, when NBC tapped him to take over as host of "Late Night." Since then, he's won four Emmy Awards, six Writers Guild Awards, and the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Television Host." Conan has hosted two Emmy Awards, the MTV Movie Awards, and performed at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for two presidents. In 2010, his live comedy tour was the subject of the documentary “Conan O'Brien Can’t Stop,” and led to a second multi-city stand-up tour in 2018. In 2015, Conan became the longest-working current late-night talk show host in the U. S., celebrating 25 years in 2018. His show, “CONAN,” recently ended after 10 years on TBS. His Emmy Award-winning “Conan Without Borders” series has visited 13 countries and his podcast “Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend” currently has over 230 million downloads since it launched in 2018. Between his production company, Conaco, and leading his Emmy-winning digital brand, Team Coco, he’s successfully expanded into branded content, podcasting, mobile gaming, pay TV, and live comedy tours.
About this Episode
Actor and comedian Ed Helms feels humbled about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.
Ed sits down with Conan to chat about the real-life Andy Bernard, learning the banjo, and exploring history’s greatest screwups with his podcast SNAFU. Plus, Conan and his team read a review of the podcast written by an AI.
- Monday, January 30, 2023
Comedian Vir Das feels unique about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.
Vir sits down with Conan to discuss faking appendicitis as a child, the first laugh he ever got on stage, the controversy over his “Two Indias” monologue, and his new special Vir Das: Landing. Later, Sona and David Hopping recount their adventures visiting every single Friends filming location.
- Thursday, January 26, 2023
Conan chats with Simon from Slovenia about his favorite specialty coffee shop and its unusual location.
- Monday, January 23, 2023
Timothy Olyphant feels splendiferous about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.
Timothy and Conan sit down once more to discuss their unique friendship, being shot at in New Orleans while filming Justified: City Primeval, and a possible new talk show featuring the two of them.
- Thursday, January 19, 2023
Conan talks to Allan in Missouri about working as a crime scene investigator, surprising scenes she’s investigated, and which of Conan’s team would make the most skilled investigator.
- Monday, January 16, 2023
Actor, writer, and comedian Ramy Youssef feels the inevitability of God coming into our lives about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.
Ramy sits down with Conan to discuss sharing personal history with castmates on his Hulu comedy series Ramy, the universal concept of “refinancing” with God, and filming in the West Bank. Plus, a bacteria sharing Conan’s name inspires debate over Conan and his team’s relative celebrity status.
- Thursday, January 12, 2023
Conan chats with Carles about working as a video game designer and what drag persona Conan would create for himself.
- Monday, January 9, 2023
Actor Bryan Cranston feels stimulated about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.
Bryan sits down with Conan once more to dive into the details of his wild first sexual encounter in Salzburg, transitioning from physical comedy in Malcolm in the Middle to the high-stakes drama of Breaking Bad, how kindness and hard work are the key to a satisfying career, and the upcoming season 2 of Your Honor. Plus, Conan regretfully comes to terms with how Joop! cologne has impacted his life.
- Thursday, January 5, 2023
Conan speaks with Jill from Vulcan, Alberta about growing wetland plants in a commercial greenhouse, fainting goats, and what Conan would name a wetland species of his own discovering.
- Monday, January 2, 2023
Actor Penn Badgley feels the dull echo of imposter syndrome about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.Penn sits down with Conan to discuss his journey to Hollywood as a child actor, the value of educating yourself, and THAT scene from his Netflix series YOU. Conan shares his love of Gossip Girl and pitches an alternate version as a sketch. Stick around for the end, where Conan and the team try on Tracy Morgan's favorite cologne.
- Thursday, December 29, 2022
Conan talks to David from New Rochelle, NY about being a congregational rabbi and what a clergy team meeting with Conan and the chums would look like.
Sona Movsesian started her career in TV as an NBC Page and went on to become the Events & Operations Coordinator for the publicity department. She started working for Conan O'Brien as his executive assistant in 2009 when he moved to Los Angeles to take over hosting duties for "The Tonight Show.” In 2018, she joined Conan on his podcast "Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend" and met her new friend Matt Gourley. She was born in Los Angeles and continues to live there with her husband Tak, their puppy Oki, and twins Mikey and Charlie.
First of all, Matt Gourley does some podcasts. For starters, he's the creator of the "I Was There Too" podcast and the co-creator of the "Superego," "James Bonding," "Pistol Shrimps Radio," "The Complete Man," and "In Voorhees/Myers We Trust" podcasts as well as sidekick to Andy Daly on "The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project" and producer of "Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend.” There are more, but let’s stop talking about podcasts. He’s also been seen acting on "Community," "Kidding," "Comedy Bang! Bang!," "Blindspot," ''Another Period," "Adventure Time," and has been featured on Comedy Central’s "Drunk History," slurring his way through thoughtful retellings of Watergate, the Alamo, and the life of Wernher von Braun. He was also the long-time spokesperson for Volkswagen, but let’s not talk about that either. In his down time though, Matt plays music with his band Townland and works on design and renovation projects at home where he lives with his wife Amanda Lund and their huge cat, Margaux The Fat Guy.