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Posts Tagged ‘Conan O’Brien’

Conan: Year One

Hard to believe it has been a year since Conan O’Brien launched his show on TBS. Team Coco put together a “convulsion inducing” mutha f’in montage to mark the occasion.

Conan Goes on Fallon, Steals Back Triumph

Conan O’Brien is in New York this week and decided to swing by his old studio–now occupied by Jimmy Fallon. O’Brien made a brief appearance on the show, said hello, and left with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog under his arm. You may recall NBC claimed ownership of Triumph as part of Conan’s exit package from the network. Conan has subtly suggested he disagrees. Looks like he’s done being subtle.

Hooray, juicy intellectual property dispute!

Anne Hathaway Premieres Anti-Paparazzi Rap on Conan

Quintessential white girl Anne Hathaway can rap. No, really.

During the filming of The Dark Knight Rises, the actress was frequently harassed by the paparazzi. She channeled all her frustration at the lowest form of celebrity journalism into a Lil’ Wayne style rap, which she performed last night on Conan.

Did Conan Steal a Bit From an Unheralded Cleveland Sketch Comedy Group?

The comedy world is in the midst of a debate about whether or not a recent sketch by Jon Dore and Rory Scovel on Conan O’Brien‘s show was actually ripped off from the Cleveland sketch comedy group Last Call Cleveland. The idea of two performers on stage at the same time talking on top of each other seems straight out of the 50′s, so we wouldn’t be surprised if neither party came up with the original idea. But, as the A.V. Club notes, this wouldn’t be the first time an LCC sketch found its way on to television without attribution.

The video above makes a side-by-side comparison of the two bits. What do you think?

The Business of Funny or Die

Nice little Bloomberg TV profile on the business side of Funny or Die. We especially like how reporter Jon Erlichman refers to Conan O’Brien as “Conan”–pronounced like the barbarian.

Seriously though, we always thought of Funny or Die as some little website Will Ferrell and friends set up as a kind of creative dumping ground for ideas that weren’t big enough for TV or the movies. Turns out, the entire venture was far more calculated than that.

Sorry, but you may have to sit through an annoying commercial to watch the video.

TIME Latest Outlet to Catch Up to ‘El Gringo Mariachi’

He looks a bit like Conan O’Brien, plays the acoustic guitar just like Coco, and is right around the same age as the TBS late night host (47). But in the case of this pale faced, red-headed entertainer, the audience is the much smaller, localized East LA constituency of Mariachi music consumers.

TIME writer Jens Erik Gould is the latest reporter to share the unlikely strumming success of one Matthew Stoneman (pictured), and really, it’s a story that never gets old. New Hampshire native Stoneman goes by the stage name of Mateo and is currently being filmed for an upcoming documentary about his life. His singing career tracks back to a most unlikely mid-1980s starting point:

State prison helped make Stoneman the
man he is today. A pianist, he had come to Los Angeles in 1983 and soon aimed for fame with music he composed in the style of Elton John. When that didn’t work out, he bought a studio that produced rap. He got behind on his payments, so he hooked up with a group of criminals from Sinaloa, Mexico to rob a music store…

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Even Post-NBC, Jeff Zucker Still Has No Regrets on Tonight Show Fiasco

Former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker spoke at the Promax/BDA conference in New York Wednesday, and his handling of Conan O’Brien‘s  Tonight Show and Jay Leno‘s 10 p.m. show came up.

Zucker stood firm on the matter, saying that they made the right decision:

“What I regret is that neither show worked. That is really what happened, neither show worked. So we had to make a decision on how to fix both. I think we went with the one that we thought would attract the largest audience, and the broadest viewership. I think we were borne out to be right about that.

It was a very unfortunate period that we went through when we made that change. It wasn’t pleasant for anybody, there are no winners out of any of that. A lot of people got hurt in that process, and that was incredibly unfortunate.

At the end of the day it was my responsibility. Others were on the line to make the decisions, but I signed off on it, so it was my responsibility.”

Hack Talking Head Claims Hack Leno Joke Was His First

A “Leno Joke” is a term used by comedy writers for the first joke you think of and throw out…that Jay Leno will do that night. Leno is many things, but a joke stealer? No. His jokes are not difficult. They’re obvious jokes. His stage act is slightly edgier (think more dick jokes) but really he’s a white bread – middle-of-the-road – middle-of-the-country comedian. And he has an army of writers and people called “faxers” who write the jokes he uses. He pays for all of them. He has final approval of all the jokes he tells.

Enter Andy Levy, a guy you’ve never heard of, on Red Eye, a show no one (including Leno) has ever seen. Red Eye is an after hours gab fest on the Mecca of comedy and wit, the Fox News Channel.

EW writes:

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Conan O’Brien Discusses His Digital Side

In the upcoming issue of Fortune, Conan O’Brien talks about his departure from NBC (because he hasn’t talked about it enough – sorry, feuding millionaires don’t interest FishbowlNY) and how he’s moved from TV to being a multimedia brand.

In the piece by Douglas Alden Warshaw, O’Brien says that when he initially signed up for Twitter, NBC wasn’t happy, and he thought that was fantastic news. “Tell them I would be thrilled if they shut down my Twitter account,” he recalled saying. “I’d love it if that got out. You think PR’s been bad up till now? Wait till you take away my Twitter account.”

O’Brien also explains how he decided to start a second company, called Team Coco, to help spread his influence online. TBS funds part of the expenses and shares any profits received. The company, consisting of eight people, attempts to get O’Brien’s content to as many people as possible. O’Brien says this is the way TV shows can be successful:

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Conan ♥’s Man-Jeggings

On his show Thursday night, Conan O’Brien brought the jeggings trend to a new and disturbing level.

The ball is in your court, Jay Leno.