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2.4 What has Conan done since then? (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.

2.4 What has Conan done since then? (Conan O'Brien)

Conan worked on HBO's "Not Necessarily the News" for two years (1985-87).
After that, he worked on Fox's "Wilton North Report" (1987-88), a
late-night comedy-and-talk show which only aired for four weeks. After
that, he worked in the "Happy Happy Good Show" (1988), a stage show in
Chicago. He then spent three years (1988-91) writing for "Saturday Night
Live," where he won an Emmy. In 1991, he wrote a TV pilot, "Lookwell,"
that was produced (starring Adam West), but not picked up as a regular
series. After that, he wrote for the "Simpsons" (1991-93), until he got
the job of hosting "Late Night," taking over for David Letterman.

He has also written for the Hanz and Franz movie (no word on if
this is dead or if the deal is still being worked on), "Groundlings" (a
LA comedy group), and acted in some small films. He was also an actor in
industrial films.

Some of Conan's previous writing work from SNL includes the Tom
Hanks/Jon Lovitz girl-watching skit, the nude beach "penis" skit,
"Singing 'Roxanne' in the Elevator with Sting," and "Mr. Short-Term Memory."

Conan has also acted in some SNL skits, including the "Irish
Drinking Songs" skit, a nude talk show skit, a Twin Peaks parody, and was
the doorman at the "Five Timer's Club."

Conan is credited with writing four Simpsons episodes: "New Kid on
the Block," "Marge vs. the Monorail," "Homer Goes to College," and
"Treehouse of Horror IV" (wraparounds). Conan is listed as a co-writer
on the "Treehouse of Horror IV" episode. He also worked on many
others. "Producer" credits were given to any writer who wrote significant
material for an episode, but not enough to be given full writing
credits. There is no easily searchable database for "Simpsons" producer
credits, but we are collecting them as we go. So far, there are "The
Front," "Homer's Barbershop Quartet," "Treehouse of Horror III," (as
"Creepy Conan O'Brien") , "Brother From The Same Planet," and "Wacking Day."

(Incidentally, "Late Night" has appeared itself on the "Simpsons."
Conan interviewed "I Didn't Do It" Bart in "Bart Gets Famous," and Homer
flips through Conan interviewing "Kid n' Play" during "Radioactive Man."
During the "Treehouse of Horror III" episode, "King Homer" gives an
undeniably Conan "rowwl" after he smells Marge's hair.)

Conan has an appearance on Adam Sandler's first CD.

Conan's Emmy is for "Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music
Program," shared with the entire SNL writing crew, for the 1988-89
season.

Conan made his prime time debut on February 1st, as guest character
Cameron Duncan on NBC's "The Single Guy."

"This job? Piece of cake. They put suits on me and Andy, we come out and
babel for an hour, and the checks keep coming."
-- Conan O'Brien

 

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