Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend

After 25 years at the Late Night desk, Conan realized that the only people at his holiday party are the men and women who work for him. Over the years and despite thousands of interviews, Conan has never made a real and lasting friendship with any of his celebrity guests. So, he started a podcast to do just that. Deeper, unboundedly playful, and free from FCC regulations, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend is a weekly opportunity for Conan to hang out with the people he enjoys most and perhaps find some real friendship along the way.


May 25, 2023 22 mins

Conan talks to Eugenia in Córdoba, Argentina about learning English from television and living a loner’s lifestyle in a mountain town.

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On the second installment of the Lost Hans and Franz Movie, Hans and Franz continue their quest with the help of their famous cousin Arnold Schwarzenegger. Plus, Conan, Dana, Kevin and Robert share true memories of personal Arnold encounters. 

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May 22, 2023 58 mins

Actor, writer, and director Bill Hader feels tired about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.


Bill returns to chat with Conan once more about his favorite bits to do at parties, the timelessness of quality storytelling, and writing Barry backwards from its narrative conclusion. Later, Conan celebrates Matt Gourley’s birthday by exposing shocking details from his own lurid past.


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May 18, 2023 18 mins

Conan chats with Youssef from Egypt about voice acting, living outside the city, and being Christian in a predominantly Muslim country.

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Conan is joined by Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon, and Robert Smigel along with the Team Coco staff to perform selections from the unproduced screenplay for Hans and Franz: The Girlyman Dilemma, more than 30 years after its original conception. Hear them now and believe them later - this script is going to PUMP YOU UP!

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May 15, 2023 64 mins

Actor Javier Bardem feels scared about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.


Javier sits down with Conan to talk about reinventing the Bond villain, playing with the threat of violence in No Country For Old Men, learning English from AC/DC, and portraying King Triton in the live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Plus, Conan’s team voices collective upset at being pod-blocked from great guests.


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May 11, 2023 27 mins

Conan speaks with fish farmer Kai from Norway about the fun games he plays while out at sea, living in a town of 50 people, and how Conan would fare on the open ocean.

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May 8, 2023 63 mins

Comedian and author Steven Wright feels anxious about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.


Steven sits down with Conan to talk about honing his trademark deadpan humor, debuting on Johnny Carson, and pouring everything he thinks about being alive into his new novel Harold. Plus, Conan tries to make Matt Gourley jealous with an in-person visit to an iconic James Bond filming location.


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May 4, 2023 23 mins

Conan talks to David from Colombia about working in a dangerous profession, death metal, and fun facts about his home country.

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May 1, 2023 54 mins

Actor, writer, and producer Charlie Day feels euphoric about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.


Charlie sits down with Conan to chat about his Rhode Island upbringing, committing himself to absurdity on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and satirizing Hollywood in his new film Fool’s Paradise. Later, Conan reassures a listener with fears about the threat Conan poses to his marriage.


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April 27, 2023 18 mins

Conan chats with Florencia in Argentina about guided yoga and the local specialty cuisine.

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April 24, 2023 63 mins

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich feels psyched about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.


Lars sits down with Conan to discuss Metallica’s 11th studio album 72 Seasons, playing every continent on Earth (including Antarctica), and the synchronicity of drumming and tennis. Plus, Conan takes the recent baseball rules change as an opportunity to issue his own improvements on America’s favorite pastime.

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April 20, 2023 24 mins

Conan chats with Kassem from Beirut about workplace romances, boxing, and his worst fear.

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April 17, 2023 61 mins

Julia Louis-Dreyfus feels not much about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.


Julia sits down with Conan once more to discuss the inspiration for her podcast Wiser Than Me, discovering her comedic talents in a grade school play, and the importance of constantly trying new things. Later, Conan confronts his impending milestone 60th birthday.

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April 13, 2023 21 mins

Conan talks to Dee in Singapore about working as a hair stylist, dating, and Conan’s long lost leather jacket.

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April 10, 2023 60 mins

Al Franken feels privileged about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.


Al sits down with Conan once more to discuss why you can’t be funny in Washington, getting his parents cut from SNL, and The Only Former U.S. Senator Currently On Tour Tour. Later, Conan attempts to extract an apology from Sona.

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April 6, 2023 22 mins

Conan chats with Tara in Bangkok about working as a university lecturer and how Conan helped her find love.

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April 3, 2023 64 mins

Actor and filmmaker Zach Braff feels so honored about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.


Zach sits down with Conan to discuss his complicated Jewish upbringing, meeting his real-life best friend Donald Faison on Scrubs, and his new film A Good Person. Later, Matt and Sona recap running afoul of the law while recording an episode of Mallwalkin’.

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March 30, 2023 26 mins

Conan speaks with Jarle from Bergen, Norway about his musical duo and the wide range of regional dialects in Norway.


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March 27, 2023 70 mins

Billie Eilish and FINNEAS feel really excited and dubious, respectively, about being Conan O’Brien’s friends.


Billie and FINNEAS sit down with Conan to discuss skyrocketing to worldwide fame at an early age, growing up seeing themselves all over the internet, favorite instruments, and their documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry. Later, Adam Sachs stops by to drop some info about Gourley’s new high-concept podcast.

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