Trivia - Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
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Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)

Country: USA

Genres: Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

Taglines: From NBC Studios in New York, it's Late Night with Conan O'Brien!

Director: Allan Kartun, Liz Plonka, Dana Calderwood, Morris Abraham, ...

Writers: Michael Gordon, Conan O'Brien, Chris Albers, Brian McCann, ...

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard, Max Weinberg, ...

Stepping into the late-late slot vacated by David Letterman, Conan O'Brien stars in a show that far outdoes its competition in sheer strangeness. Along with the celebrity interviews and musical numbers typical of late-night talk shows, this program make frequent use of odd walk-on characters and frequent "visits" from celebrity guests.

Seasons:   Unknown - 17 - 16 - 15 - 14 - 10 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 11 - 12 - 13

According to O'Brien, NBC executive Warren Littlefield told him that the show would never succeed unless O'Brien fired Andy Richter whom Littlefield referred to as a "fat dildo".
According to O'Brien, the show was canceled during the first season but NBC realized that they had nothing to replace it. NBC would only renew the show weeks at a time.
The staff would refer to the opening monologue as the "Conologue".
Jon Stewart, Drew Carey, Paul Provenza and Allan Havey are among the comedians who auditioned for the job of hosting the show.
O'Brien auditioned on the set of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992). His guests were Jason Alexander and Mimi Rogers.
According to former NBC vice president Warren Littlefield, Howard Stern was aggressively pursued to replace O'Brien during the low-rated early years.
After head writer Robert Smigel left to work on The Dana Carvey Show (1996), O'Brien offered staff writer Louis C.K. the position. C.K. turned it down and followed Smigel to Carvey's show.
The guests on the premiere episode were John Goodman, Drew Barrymore, and Tony Randall.
Radiohead was the first musical guest on the show. The last was The White Stripes.
Generally, shows were taped at 5:30 pm Tuesday through Friday.
Frequent sketches include: The Walker Texas Ranger Lever, In The Year 2000, Celebrity Survey, Stamps, Actual Items, What In The World?, If They Mated, New State Quarters, Clutch (talking lips), Conan on the Aisle, SAT analogies, etc.
On 15 May 2003, there was a special claymation episode where the entire show was done with animated clay figures. The guests for that show included Johnny Knoxville, Richard Lewis, and David Bowie.
Garry Shandling was NBC's first choice to replace David Letterman. He declined because he was launching The Larry Sanders Show (1992). Letterman himself suggested Dana Carvey as a replacement.
From April 22 - 25, 2003, The White Stripes were the musical guests for an entire week. According to NBC, that marks the longest stint for any guest band in late-night TV history.
Tony Bennett appeared once a year as the musical guest and always during Christmastime.
Al Roker has the record for the most appearances on the show with over 30. Al Franken is second with over 25. The reason for their numerous appearances is that both Als are usually the "go to" guys whenever another guest cancels. This has been brought up
Dana Carvey was NBC's original choice for the new host of Late Night once David Letterman announced he was leaving to go to CBS. Carvey turned down the offer, but would later host a prime-time variety show, The Dana Carvey Show (1996), for ABC. This short
In the very first show, O'Brien jogged out from behind the curtains to his mark for the opening monologue. As time went on, he would try new things (in one show, he just jumped up and down to his mark). Eventually, he adopted this "shuffle", where he woul