Conan O’Brien Biography
Conan O’Brien (full name: Conan Christopher O’Brien) is an American TV host, comedian, writer, and producer. Since 2010, he has been hosting several late-night talk shows, particularly Conan on TBS cable channel.
He served as president of The Harvard Lampoon while he attended Harvard University. And was also a writer for the sketch comedy series Not Necessarily the News. He comes from an Irish Catholic family.
Conan O’ Brien Age
Christopher was born On April 18, 1963 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is [agecalc birthdate=1963-04-18]
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O’Brien is of the Irish Catholic religion.
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He was born in Brookline. Massachusetts as the son of Thomas Francis O’Brien. A physician, epidemiologist and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Ruth O’Brien. A retired attorney and former partner at the Boston firm Ropes & Gray.
On a 2009 episode of Inside the Actors Studio. O’Brien stated that ancestors from both sides of his family moved to America from Ireland starting in the 1850s. Later marrying only other Irish Catholics, and that his lineage is thus 100% Irish Catholic.
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He has five siblings: two sisters and three brothers. They are: Kate B. O’Brien, Jane O’Brien, Justin O’Brien, Luke O’Brien, and Neal O’Brien.
Conan O’Brien Wife
Conan met Elizabeth Ann ‘Liza’ Powel in 2000. When she appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in an advertising skit involving Foote, Cone & Belding. Where she was working as senior copywriter. They dated for nearly 18 months and in 2002 they tied the knot in Conan’s hometown of Seattle.
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O’ Bien and his wife Liza Powel have two children: a daughter by the name Neve O’Brien. Who was born on October 14, 2003 and a son. Beckett O’Brien who was born on November 9, 2005.
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Conan attended Brookline High School, where he served as the managing editor of the school newspaper, The Sagamore. In his second year, he was an intern for Congressman Robert Drinan and in his senior year. O’Brien won the National Council of Teachers of English writing contest with his short story, “To Bury the Living”.
Conan O Brien College
After graduating as valedictorian in 1981, Conan entered Harvard University. At Harvard, he lived in Holworthy Hall during his first year and the Mather House during his three upper-class years. He then concentrated in history and literature and then graduated magna cum laude in 1985.
His senior thesis concerned the use of children as symbols in the works of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor.
During college, he briefly served as the drummer in a band called “The Bad Clams”, and was also a writer for the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine. He developed a spoof of the popular video game One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird in which the Boston Celtics play against a classical ballet troupe.
In his sophomore and junior years, Conan served as the Lampoon’s president. During this time, his future boss at NBC, Jeff Zucker, was serving as President of the school’s newspaper The Harvard Crimson.
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Conan moved to Los Angeles after graduation to join the writing staff of HBO’s Not Necessarily the News. He was then a writer on the short-lived The Wilton North Report. He also spent two years with that show and performed regularly with improvisational groups, including The Groundlings.
Saturday Night Live’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels, hired O’Brien as a writer in January 1988.
During his three years on on the show, he wrote such recurring sketches as “Mr. Short-Term memory” and “The Girl Watchers”; the initial one was first performed by Tom Hanks and Jon Lovitz. He also co-wrote the sketch “Nude Beach” with Robert Smigel.
On a writers’ strike from Saturday Night Live following the 1987–1988 season, he put on an improvisational comedy revue in Chicago with his fellow SNL writers Bob Odenkirk and Robert Smigel called Happy Happy Good Show. He briefly roomed with Jeff Garlin while living in Chicago.
Conan and his fellow SNL writers received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series in 1989.
Like many SNL writers, Conan occasionally appeared as an extra in sketches. His most notable appearance was as a doorman in a sketch in which Tom Hanks was inducted into the SNL “Five-Timers Club” for hosting his fifth episode.
He returned to host the show during its 26th season in 2001. In 1991, Conan and Robert Smigel wrote the television pilot for Look well starring Adam West, which aired on NBC.
They later screened it at The Other Network, a festival of unaired TV pilots produced by Un-Cabaret. It featured an extended interview with Conan and was rerun in 2002 on the Trio network.
In 1991, things changed for him when an engagement fell through, Lookwell was not picked up, and he then quit Saturday Night Live, all in quick succession. O’Brien recalled, “I told Lorne Michaels I couldn’t come back to work and I just needed to do something else” as he was burned out.
I was literally in this big transition phase in my life where I decided, I’ll just walk around New York City, and an idea will come to me.” Mike Reiss and Al Jean, the then dual showrunner of The Simpsons, called him and offered him a job.
It was notorious in the writing community at the time; Conan recalls “everyone wanted to be on that show, but they never hired.” He was one of the first hires after the show’s original crew.
He purchased an apartment in Beverly Hills with the help of old Groundlings friend Lisa Kudrow. They were both involved as well, and Kudrow believed he should begin performing rather than writing.
Canon disagreed, feeling that Kudrow was being overly flattering and that asserting he was happy as a writer. In his speech at Class Day at Harvard in 2000, he credited The Simpsons with saving him, referring to the career slump he had been experiencing before being hired for the show.
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Conan was a writer and producer for The Simpsons from 1991 to 1993. When he first arrived at the Fox lot, they temporarily gave him writer Jeff Martin’s office. Conan was nervous and self-conscious, when he felt that he would embarrass himself in front of what he regarded as an intimidating collection of writers.
He would pitch characters in their voices as he thought that was the norm until Reiss informed him that no one did such.
He fit in quickly, commanding control of the room frequently; Josh Weinstein called it a “ten-hour Conan show, nonstop”. According to John Ortved, one of his fellow writers ventured that if Conan hadn’t left to do Late Night, he was a shoo-in to take over as showrunner on The Simpsons.
When not contributing to others’ scripts, Conan managed to craft what are regarded as some of the series’ most memorable and finest episodes: “Marge vs. the Monorail” and “Homer Goes to College”.
Generally, fans, critics, and even those who worked on the show agree that its sensibilities changed following “Marge vs. the Monorail.” The show was originally a highly realistic family sitcom; after O’Brien’s debut, the show took a rapid shift in the direction of the surreal.
Along with those episodes, O Brien has sole writing credits on “New Kid on the Block” and “Treehouse of Horror IV”, on which he wrote the episode wraparounds.
Wallace Wolodarsky described a “room character” Conan put on for the writers: “Conan used to do this thing called the Nervous Writer that involved him opening a can of Diet Coke and then nervously pitching a joke.
He would spray Diet Coke all over himself, and that was always a source of endless amusement among us.” Sometimes, fellow writers from the show would stop by Conan’s Beverly Hills apartment.
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Fox, however, would not let Conan out of his contract. Eventually, NBC and Conan would split the cost to get him out of the contract. After Conan’s departure, the writers at The Simpsons would watch videotaped episodes of Late Night at lunch the day following their midnight broadcast and analyze them.
Conan O Brien David Letterman
Conan O’Brien and David Letterman are both iconic figures in the world of late-night television. They are both known for their sharp wit, irreverent humor, and ability to connect with their audience.
David Letterman began his late-night career with the NBC show “Late Night with David Letterman” in 1982, which later became “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS.
He hosted the show for over 30 years, becoming a beloved figure in American pop culture. Letterman was known for his quirky, off-beat humor and his willingness to push boundaries in his interviews.
Conan O Brien Late Night
Conan O’Brien was the host of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” from June 2009 to January 2010. Prior to hosting “The Tonight Show,” O’Brien was the host of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” from 1993 to 2009.
O’Brien’s tenure as host of “The Tonight Show” was short-lived, as a dispute between him and NBC over the show’s time slot led to his departure after just seven months. Jay Leno, who had previously hosted “The Tonight Show” from 1992 to 2009, returned to host the show after O’Brien’s departure.
Conan O Brien Tonight Show
O’Brien negotiated a new contract with NBC in 2004. As part of the deal, he would take over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno in 2009.
He was a guest on Jay Leno’s final episode of The Tonight Show. Will Ferrell became Conan’s first Tonight Show guest on the couch and Pearl Jam appeared as his first musical guest on June 1, 2009.
During the taping of the September 25, 2009, episode of The Tonight Show, Conan suffered from a mild concussion after he slipped and hit his head while running a race as part of a comedy sketch with guest Teri Hatcher. He was examined at a hospital and also released the same day.
A rerun was aired that night, but he returned to work the following Monday and poked fun at the incident.
On January 22, 2010, the final Tonight Show with Conan aired featuring guests Tom Hanks, Steve Carell (who did an exit interview and shredded Conan’s ID badge), Neil Young (singing “Long May You Run”), and Will Ferrell.
For Ferrell’s appearance, O Brien played guitar with the band and Ferrell sang “Free Bird” while reprising his SNL cowbell. Will’s wife, Viveca Paulin, together with Ben Harper, Beck, and ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, also joined them for this final performance.
Conan O Brien and Jay Leno
Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno are both American comedians and television hosts who have had successful careers in late-night television.
Jay Leno was the host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” for over two decades, from 1992 to 2009, and again from 2010 to 2014. He was known for his monologues, celebrity interviews, and comedy sketches.
Conan O’Brien, on the other hand, was the host of NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” from 1993 to 2009, and then went on to host “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” for a brief period of time before returning to late-night television with his own show, “Conan,” on TBS.
The relationship between Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno became strained in 2009 when NBC decided to move Leno back to “The Tonight Show” and push O’Brien’s show to a later time slot. This move was met with controversy and resulted in O’Brien leaving NBC and Leno returning as the host of “The Tonight Show.”
The situation caused a lot of public debate and discussion about the ethics of the television industry and the power dynamics between networks and their talent. However, since then, both Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno have continued to have successful careers in comedy and entertainment.
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He began his career as a writer for television programs such as Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons.
In 1993, he became the host of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, which aired on NBC until 2009. He then hosted The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien for a brief period before leaving NBC in 2010. In 2010, he began hosting Conan on TBS, which ran until 2021.
Throughout his career, Conan O’Brien has won multiple Emmy Awards for his work in late-night television. He is known for his quick wit, self-deprecating humor, and offbeat comedy style. He has also made several appearances in films and television shows, including The Lego Batman Movie and The Office.
Conan O Brien Producer
Conan O’Brien has had several producers throughout his career in television. Here are some of his notable producers:
- Jeff Ross: Jeff Ross was the executive producer of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” from 1993 to 1998. He also served as the show’s head writer.
- Lorne Michaels: Lorne Michaels, the creator and producer of “Saturday Night Live,” served as an executive producer of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” from 1993 to 2009.
- Jeff Zucker: Jeff Zucker was the president of NBC Entertainment when Conan O’Brien took over as host of “The Tonight Show” in 2009. Zucker played a major role in the controversy surrounding the show’s hosting change that resulted in O’Brien leaving the show.
- Mike Sweeney: Mike Sweeney was a writer and producer on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” from 1993 to 2009. He later served as the head writer for “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.”
- Jeff Ross (again): Jeff Ross returned as a producer for Conan O’Brien when he started his own TBS talk show, “Conan,” in 2010.
Conan O Brien Salary
They pay O’Brien around 12-15 million dollars annually.
Conan O Brien Assistant
Conan O’Brien’s assistant is Sona Movsesian. She has worked with Conan for a number of years.
Conan O Brien IQ
According to iq-test.net, Conan’s IQ score is 160. It is reportedly the same as Stephen Hawking’s.
Conan O Brien Height
Conan stands at a height of 1.93m .