A Look at Conan O’Brien
Timothy Olyphant loves being Conan O’Brien’s friend. They discuss everything from fake-appendicitis as children to his first laugh on stage and his new special, Vir Das: Landing.
Since departing NBC in 2010, Conan has returned to TBS and started Team Coco podcast network, which was recently sold to SiriusXM.
Early Life and Education
Conan Christopher O’Brien was born April 18, 1963 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Beginning as a writer for Harvard Lampoon’s humor magazine Harvard Lampoon twice; eventually becoming its president. O’Brien graduated with a degree in American history.
Conan became well-known after writing for various television shows including ‘Saturday Night Live’ before landing his own late night talk show. Additionally, he hosted various award shows and television specials before two times acting as master of ceremonies at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner.
Jane Fonda is thrilled to call Conan her friend. Together they discuss Henry Fonda’s impact on her activism, touring Appalachia with Dolly Parton and mishearing Neil Diamond lyrics as well as sharing the joy of finding an effective lock-picking tool.
Conan has tried his hand at multiple careers – from delivering Chinese food deliveries to selling Mary Kay products – but comedy remains his primary interest.
Conan signed a deal with WarnerMedia to shorten his late-night show to thirty minutes and expand it across digital and live platforms, as well as partner with SiriusXM for Team Coco radio programming.
He has appeared in other shows and movies like Eagleheart (Adult Swim) and People of Earth (TBS). Additionally, he hosted You vs. Wild through his production company Conaco as well as produced several series through it. Furthermore, this renowned comedy host owns over 150,000 comic books and wrote his own guides including The Complete Guide to Collecting Comics and Hoarding Comics – in fact two books written about comic collection have even been named after him!
Achievement and Honors
No analysis of Conan’s career should overlook his relentless network battles to keep his late night show on air. While his initial run with NBC boasted plenty of dry humor and comedic moments, as well as moments that seemed shot in an Irish kid’s rec room, its subsequent cancellation left the audience wanting more from Conan than what they had experienced in its initial run.
Conan was fired just seven months after joining NBC, when the network attempted to install Jay Leno as his successor and move him from his 10 p.m. slot; instead he refused and ultimately found new employment with TBS.
Conan will bid farewell to his nightly talk show on TBS after 10 years, yet will continue with travel specials under the name Conan Without Borders on TBS. Furthermore, his team plans to debut a weekly variety show on HBO Max.
Conan and Liza Powel met when Liza appeared on his show for a skit involving Hilton Furniture and Foote, Cone & Belding (where she worked as a copywriter). The couple began dating shortly afterwards, eventually marrying in Seattle on November 8, 2002.
Since then, Liza and Scott have welcomed two children: daughter Neve and son Beckett. Although Liza no longer works in advertising, she continues to write plays for performances and contributes podcast episodes to Scott’s network of podcasts.
Conan has brought back verve and nerve with his TBS show. It features bold and boundary-pushing humor which never had a chance to shine under NBC.
Conan O’Brien has become one of the most beloved hosts, comedians, producers, and writers on television over his many years in show business. His net worth is estimated at around $200 Million.
At the Tonight Show, Conan experienced numerous difficulties and controversy before leaving to TBS and starting his own talk show Conan.
Conan O’Brien began hosting his show, featuring monologues and interviews as well as performances by Jimmy Vivino and Basic Cable Band – two prominent bands at that time – which earned him an enormous fan following. Conan has gone on to host Conan Needs a Friend podcast for Earwolf which now attracts millions of listeners each month and earns him income through various syndication deals; his assets include real estate properties, cars and luxury yachts.