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3.3 Who plays the characters on the show? (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.

3.3 Who plays the characters on the show? (Late Night with Conan O'Brien)

Here's the people that play some of the regular characters on the
show:

Tommy Blacha (Gaseous Wiener, Siamese Twins) is a writer for the show.
Greg Cohen (Audience Request) is a writer for the show.
Tom Davis (Dippy The Hippy) is a former writer for the show and "SNL."
John Deyle has plays "The People's Scientist, Ray Burns."
Kevin Gee plays the Lenny Bruce of China. Stephen Lee appeared as
the translator. Lee died.
Michael Gordon plays Dizz.
Frank Houston Saari plays "Billy Tyler, the kid that no one loves."
Brian McCann (Pimpbot 5000, Loser at the Beach, Gargoyles, Moths,
Synchro-vox) is a writer for the show. Brian is also an active stand-up
comic and performs with the Asscats comedy troupe in NY. He has also done
some commercial work, including Barq's Root Beer. He hosted a comedy
program in Chicago on WLUP ("The Loop") called "Sunday Funnies" and was
in local comedy group Improvolympic.
Marie McMichaels (The Ooh To Ahh Lady) is an accomplished actress.
She has appeared in several movies, such as "Awakenings," and is a very
popular older model.
Jack Plotnick plays Slim Organbody.
William Preston is Carl "Oldy" Olsen. He started an acting career
later in life, giving up his career as a bookkeeper in a Philadelphia
trucking firm to begin acting at 47. He has extensive stage experience,
performing in over 60 Shakespeare productions as well as being
nominated for Florida's state supporting actor award. Among his
many movie roles, he played John, the bum, from "The Fisher King," a
blacksmith in "Far and Away," and the flask mourner in "Family
Business." More recently, he has appeared in "WaterWorld," "Reckless,"
"Blue In The Face," and "The Crucible." William was born on August 26,
1921 in Columbia, PA. He has a Master's degree in English literature from
Penn State.
Nipsey Russell appears regularly as himself. Nipsey was a popular
comedian during the 1970s, known for his funny poems. He was a regular
pannelist on game shows and Friar's Roasts.
Mitch Semel appears quasi-regularly as the Jerry Seinfeld impersonator.
Chuck Sklar appears as David Copperfield.
Michael Stoynov appears as the Devil in the "Moral Dilemma" sketch.
Robert Smigel (Synchro-vox [Clinton, Dole, others]; Ira, Conan's
Publicist) was the first head writer for the show and a close friend of
Conan. He worked for a Chicago improv group called "All You Can Eat."
Before working on "Late Night," he was a long-time writer on "SNL,"
writing sketches like the "Star Trek Convention," and performing in ones
like "The Moron's Perspective" (on the News) and "The Superfans." He was
head writer for the short-lived variety show, "The Dana Carvey Show." He
is now working at SNL again, producing weekly animated segments, while
making frequent appearances on "Late Night."
Frank Smiley (Interview Hints, Siamese Twins) is a segment producer
for the show.
Dino Stamatapolous (Tomorry The Ostrich, Johnson The Scientology
Chicken, Kiss-Ass Turkey, Skull Juice, The Americlan) was a writer for
the show. He also worked on "The Dana Carvey Show." He still appears
regularly.
Mike Sweeney (Todd, Moths, priests) is a writer for the show. He
also does the nightly warm-up of the studio audience.
Abe Vigoda regularly appears as himself on the show. Abe was a
prominent actor from the 1970s, playing Tessio in the first two
"Godfather" movies and appearing as the incontinent Detective Phil Fish
on TV's "Barney Miller" and its short-lived spin-off, "Fish." He
continues supporting cast work in feature films to this day.

 

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