October 5th, 2010
01:00 PM ET
Leave it to Conan O'Brien to get his fans worked into a lather in anticipation of the premiere of his new TBS late night show, "Conan."
In a hilarious new promo that references '80s hair bands and Paris Hilton's infamous Carl's Jr. hamburger ad, O'Brien is seen sexily washing his desk – and himself – to the tune of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me."
The 30-second clip opens with O'Brien, 47, standing in front of his desk and dunking a sponge into a bucket of water before looking seductively over his shoulder and vamping it up. Besides blowing suds naughtily at the camera, he soaps himself up and hoses himself down, writhes around on his desk, bites a chunk out of the sponge, and whips his wet hair around in slow motion.
Will O'Brien make as big a splash when his revamped talk show finally hits the airwaves later this fall? The world will find out on November 8.
September 2nd, 2010
04:08 PM ET
Now that Conan O’Brien has settled on a name for his show, he – or rather, his set designer – needs to get to work on creating the set, a task that includes finding the perfect guest chair.
This piece of furniture may seem inconsequential, but it's actually a heavily weighed decision, explained Emmy-winning set designer and President of the Television Academy John Shaffner in an interview with Broadcasting & Cable. Shaffner will be lending his talents to the set design for "Conan," and told B&C that such chairs “have to be just so high, just so firm and just so deep."
The designer, who also revealed that the new set will be inspired by O’Brien’s “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” tour, added that one doesn’t just go out and buy a chair and call it a day; this is a seat that has to be customized.
September 1st, 2010
11:25 AM ET
August 19th, 2010
07:59 AM ET
Add spoken word recording artist to Conan O’Brien’s list of many accomplishments.
Third Man Records is releasing a spoken word 7” titled “And They Call Me Mad?” recorded by the talk show host in Nashville at the Third Man studios.
In June, O’Brien visited Third Man Records for a surprise performance during his “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour” where 300 fans enjoyed a concert by the comic and his band.
The special set of rockabilly and rock songs were recorded and released as a live album. The White Stripes’ Jack White joined O’Brien for a duet on the classic Eddie Cochran tune “20 Flight Rock.”
“And They Call Me Mad?” is O’Brien’s improvised take on the Frankenstein legend and the B side of the single is an interview with the funnyman conducted by White.
Proceeds will go to benefit ReTune Nashville.
August 11th, 2010
03:57 PM ET
Can you judge a TV show by its promo? Maybe not, but we can try.
The latest promotion for Conan O’Brien’s late-night show on TBS pays homage to Terry Gilliam’s “Monty Python” animations, although DeadlineHollywood thinks it's also a little reminiscent of a Peter Gabriel music video. [TBS, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner.]
Obviously, one can’t glean what a an entire program will be like from an 11-second ad spot, but fingers are crossed that this nod to comedy fans everywhere bodes well. CinemaBlend, for one, is hoping that this shows that O’Brien will have more room to flex his creativity than he did before. Or, as they note, perhaps he's just really into "Monty Python."
Regardless, it's all still speculation – we don't even know what O'Brien has planned for the opening night. What we do know is that the show will premiere on November 8. Does the trailer give you increased hope for CoCo's show, or are you waiting to see it before indulging in the hype?
June 15th, 2010
12:53 PM ET
When Conan O'Brien took the stage of Atlanta's Fabulous Fox Theater on Monday night, he vowed to the audience that this show, the final stop on his "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television" tour, would be the best.
He wanted them to come away from the show thinking the three-hour musical comedy extravaganza was "sort of worth it," a phrase which was soon chanted by the audience as O'Brien reacted in mock horror.
"Team CoCo" was out in full force, filling the theater, and the crowd practically ate out of the palm of the comedian's hand. O'Brien's trademark schtick and taped pieces (including a riotous one featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, with Atlanta and landmarks from the city dubbed into his dialogue) got the biggest reaction from the audience.
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