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1.4 Why was Conan so nervous early in the show's run? (Late Night with Conan O'Brien)




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This article is from the Conan O'Brien FAQ, by Joseph Gebis j-gebis@uiuc.edu with numerous contributions by others.

1.4 Why was Conan so nervous early in the show's run? (Late Night with Conan O'Brien)

You try replacing Letterman and see how cool you are. Seriously, the
show was rushed into production to fill the void left by Letterman, and
on top of this pressure, Conan didn't have any talk show experience
before this job. He was a writer they put in front of the camera. Under
this tremendous pressure, Conan was certainly at least a little edgy
during his early run. As the show progressed and settled into its own
rhythm, coming out of Letterman's long shadow, and as Conan gained on
the job training in performing on a talk show, the show has shown a
steady improvement that continues to this day.

Even Conan's harshest critics have begrudged that Conan has improved
greatly over his early shows. Many have re-discovered the show and now
consider his personable interviewing style to be the best on late night
television.

"Oh no, this is television! It goes everywhere!"
-- Conan O'Brien

 

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