Conan delivers laughs at Dartmouth graduation
June 13th, 2011
01:25 PM ET

Conan delivers laughs at Dartmouth graduation

Dartmouth College's president Dr. Jim Yong Kim shook with laughter as Conan O'Brien gave the school's commencement speech with his signature sharp wit, deploring the state of America as evidenced by his place at the podium.

"If Harvard, Yale and Princeton are your self-involved, vain, name-dropping older brothers, you are the cool, sexually-confident, lacrosse-playing younger sibling who knows how to throw a party and looks good in a down vest," O'Brien told the graduates.

The "Conan" host, a Harvard University graduate, gave a speech that managed to provide laughs while still dishing out some words of wisdom, which he said he learned after his NBC late-night debacle in 2010.

"At the age of 47, after 25 years of obsessively pursuing my dream, that dream changed," he said. "I thought achieving that goal would define me as successful. But that is not true. No specific job or career goal defines me, and it should not define you."

O'Brien said the past year has been spontaneous and unconventional but he confessed it was also one of the most satisfying. Although he repeated the advice he gave Harvard graduates at the University's 2000 commencement to not be afraid of failure, he added that students should expect their dreams to change.

"It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique - it's not easy," he acknowledged. "But if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention."

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  1. Believer

    I have NEVER seen any entertainer that I have more disdain for than Conan! His humor appeals to only those who are as mentally challenged as he is! Thank God NBC got Jay Leno back!

    June 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Zimmer

    Conan's speech was great on a number of levels: he was funny; he told a great story; he had a great message for the graduating class. My only real "complaint" was that he rushed the ending a bit. He could have taken a few more seconds to drive home the point. Here's my analysis of the speech from the public speaking perspective:

    John Zimmer

    June 21, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Andrew

    That picture is enough to deliver a laugh. Go Conan!

    June 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Johnny Carson

    I'm glad he finally made somebody laugh! Haaaaaaaooooooooooooo!!!!

    June 14, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sitting bull

    The real joke is that Dartmouth College was started for Native Americans and only 4% of the school are native!
    We laugh about it down on the rez all the time...

    June 14, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Zach Effron

    Arabs throw acid on womens faces for not wearing a veil

    June 14, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. trigtwit...America's favorite tard baby

    Sometimes my sister Bristoltwit likes to sneak into my room and play with my breakfast sausage.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. bob Saget

    Bob Saget approves of Conan, now the rest of you haters go to you rooms before uncle jesse and uncle joey get mad...oh mechelle time for daddy special time!

    June 14, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Anne

    My only question is what's up with the hair?

    June 14, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. MadMax

    Uh not everyone thinks everyone is funny all the time. Duh.
    But to claim someone who isn't funny just cuz your stooopy is waytarded.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. old3putt

    I just want to shower after reading these things. Poor grammar, general lack of cogent thought but it's like a train wreck–ya kinda gotta look.-

    June 14, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. annonymouse troll

    HEY ! I am an idiot too !

    June 14, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. The Great One

    You are all idiots!

    June 14, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. robert

    Conan is funny plus he is oldschool george is just starting I want to see him ten years from now,plus conan earned his stripes in late night

    June 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. erokk

    Wow! I used to find Conan funny, but based on the opinions of the obvious humor experts here (easily spotted by their creative grammar), he must not be funny at all.

    I lose faith in humanity every time I scroll down too far and actually read the comments section.

    June 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  16. chocolateman

    I don`t speak conan lanuage because he`s a so call Havard grad. 95% of America aren`t graduated from these school with over complicated jokes. Jokes are to be easily identify. i don`t need to search underneath a rock to find Jay nor Conan so call jokes. lopez jokes will find you. go george!!!

    June 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  17. j

    Conan is halarious. His late night show is halarious oh and a little show called EagleHeart which he produces is also halarious. I guess you just have to be smarter than a five year old to get his jokes.

    June 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. george

    Conan is almost as funny as George Lopez and Tracy Morgan, without their wit and intelligence. But he sure know how to stare..

    June 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. james

    Torres right,he's not funny!its wasted air time!

    June 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  20. dragonfart

    cha chiga cha chiga

    June 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  21. a. torres

    I don't like Conan, he is not funny, he seems like a dork to me. TBS should of kept Lopez Tonight at 10PM. But, oh well. VIVA LA RAZA!

    June 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • e.becerra

      george lopez sux dude! he isn't good at all. he does the same material over and over again. like another carlos mencia. both a shame to my "raza"

      June 14, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  22. jose

    Conan is hilarious, but why can't I find a chick w a huge bubble to bless me w some dome

    June 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Biker Larry 2 wheel man

    This guy is brilliant. He is original, intelligent, and real (all things Jay Leno is not).

    And I bet he IS a sissy and a nancy boy based on Trucker Joe's qualifications, but I'm sure 99% of men are according to him.

    Thanks to TBS for keeping this guy on TV because television needs him.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  24. trucker joe 18 wheel man

    I think this gut seems like a sissy. Maybe even a nancy boy. Bet he doesnt go to many truck stops and eat beef and potatos like a real man.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  25. chantaal

    Snooki was too short. The students wouldnt a been able to see her. Plus the B.O. woulda made everone sick.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Jim

    Why didn't they invite Snooki like Rutgers?

    June 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  27. andy

    this guy is not funny.

    he tries too hard

    June 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  28. pedro

    I thought Arnold Swarzenager was Conan. He prented to be in the movies. This new Conan doesnt look anywheres near as strong as arnie.

    June 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jay Leno

    Cool story. Now for something more interesting, I'm now starting my own fashion line of denim shirts, denim pants & denim jackets. I call it the Jay Leno signature line of Canadian Tuxedos. Check 'em out!

    June 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Boof

    I had a roast beef on rye for lunch.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |

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