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.... Show More

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January 20, 2020 60 min

Actors, writers and comedians Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara feel absolutely delighted, flattered, and honored to be considered Conan O’Brien’s friends.

 

Eugene and Catherine sit down with Conan to talk about taking chances in the pre-internet era with SCTV, transforming into the characters they play on Schitt’s Creek, the formula that makes a successful comedy show stick, and legendary tales from the S... Read more

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January 13, 2020 52 min

Comedian Nikki Glaser feels overwhelmed about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.

 

Nikki and Conan sit down to discuss modern perspectives on the vagina, the emotional toll of performing a roast, how discovering stand-up comedy helped Nikki manage an eating disorder, and going down in flames with her worst-ever jokes told at a wedding. Plus, Conan responds to the idea of his name on a rump-cheek as he and his staff Revi... Read more

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January 6, 2020 62 min

Basketball legend Charles Barkley feels great about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.

 

Charles and Conan sit down to chat about the extreme competition of going pro, getting booed offstage at a Katy Perry concert for dissing the Timberwolves, his friendship with Shaq, and advocating for education. Later, Conan issues a warning to his staff about spoiling certain tv shows.

 

 

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December 30, 2019 58 min

Author, comedian, and former senator Al Franken is already a f***ing friend of Conan O’Brien’s.


Al and Conan sit down to talk about favorite SNL sketches that never made it to air, doing ‘The Brain Tumor Comedian’ with Tom Davis, shutting down George Harrison’s drunken piano playing, and the jokes that failed to land with guests of The Al Franken Podcast. Plus, Conan follows up on the resurfacing of his corres... Read more

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December 23, 2019 54 min

Author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell feels pressured into being Conan O’Brien’s friend.

Malcolm and Conan sit down to talk about Malcolm’s new book Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know, conversations about gardening, tabloid inventions, tales from the IRA, and Co... Read more

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Smartr is a new scripted Podcast from Team Coco that follows tech genius, Noa Lukas, as he profiles the monopolies of tomorrow and gives them advice on how to grow without being hindered by the dinosaur concepts of regulations, public opinion, and basic morality. In the first episode of Smartr, Noa Lukas visits Puel, whose pool-match algorithm finds the perfect pool filled with swimmers like you based on your demographic profile... Read more

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December 16, 2019 61 min

Comedian John Mulaney feels falsely modest about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.


John and Conan sit down to talk about growing up in a family trapped in the 1950s, the power of dressing well, fulfilling a lifelong dream of a career in comedy, and the rewarding experience of creating his new Netflix show John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch. Later, Conan and his team share their formative cinematic experiences... Read more

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December 9, 2019 61 min

Actor/musican Jack Black feels shitty about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.

 

Jack and Conan sit down to talk about the 1999 pilot Heat Vision and Jack, laying down hot tracks with Jack White, bringing the energy to max performing with Tenacious D, the greatest mobile golf game, and the later films of Ruth Gordon. Plus, Conan issues another State of the Podcast address.

 

 

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December 2, 2019 58 min

Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton feel great (but a little apprehensive) about being Conan O’Brien’s friends.


Hillary and Chelsea sit down with Conan to discuss the stories that inspired them to co-write The Book of Gutsy Women, Chelsea’s teenage ye... Read more

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November 25, 2019 53 min

Comedy icon Eric Idle feels moderately aroused about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.


Eric and Conan sit down to talk about his autobiography Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, playing ukulele with George Harrison, Monty Python’s genesis at Cambridge, finding a fan in Elvis Presley, the Fab Four’s r... Read more

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November 18, 2019 50 min


Comedian, television host, writer and producer Ellen DeGeneres feels honored to be Conan o Brien’s friend.


Ellen and Conan sit down to talk about wearing gold jackets in the 80s, Ellen’s return to stand-up after 15 years with her special Relatable, the pressures of maintaining a talk show persona, and the importance of not taking things so seriously. Plus, Conan contemplates his own name ... Read more

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November 11, 2019 64 min

Actor Paul Rudd feels excited about Conan O’Brien’s friend.


Paul and Conan sit down to talk about Paul’s long-running “Mac and Me” gag on Conan, the urge to go out of bounds, showbiz muscle memory, and learning how to bartend. Later, Conan and his team respond to a listener voicemail about being scared.


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November 4, 2019 54 min

Music legend Neil Young feels good about being Conan’s friend.


Neil and Conan sit down to talk about Neil’s 1957 Eldorado Biarritz, why he won’t allow his songs in commercials, the importance of preserving musical sound quality, recording his new album Colorado with Crazy Horse at 9,200 ft elevation, and what Neil loves about his Gretsch White Falcon guitar. Plus, Conan and his staff conduct a Gerber ... Read more

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October 27, 2019 59 min

Actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis feels cautious about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.


Zach and Conan sit down to talk about the showbiz cult of ego, mining comedy from miscommunication, phone calls from the president, hunting for clay, and being inspired by a professional whistler. Later, Sona and Matt Gourley surprise Conan with a Halloween treat.


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October 20, 2019 52 min

Comedian and host of Last Week Tonight John Oliver feels cautiously optimistic about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.


John and Conan sit down to chat about being nominated for an OBE, the silliest ways they’ve spent their show budgets, why the U.S. got the best of British comedy, performing with the Cambridge Footlights, and why John can never watch The Great British Baking Show. Plus, Conan get... Read more

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October 13, 2019 50 min

Writer, comedian, and actress Tina Fey feels good about being Conan O’Brien’s friend; it tracks.


Tina and Conan sit down to discuss SNL-induced OCD, bringing Mean Girls to Broadway, husband Jeff Richmond’s mysterious recurring Conan role, getting over the “chipple,” and improvising like a writer. Plus, Conan responds to a voicemail about which president he’d like to eat.


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October 6, 2019 76 min

Legendary television host David Letterman has endless admiration for Conan O’Brien.


David joins Conan to kick off season two with a conversation about David’s unmatchable career in late night, interactions with Johnny Carson and Bob Hope, what they see for their kids in the future, and why the best people in showbiz are always the hardest working. Plus, Conan gives an update on the horse David gifted to him, a... Read more

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September 29, 2019 58 min

Stand-up comedian and actor Bob Newhart feels anxious about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.

Bob sits down with Conan to share stories about meeting Don Rickles for the first time, sitting in for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, leaping from accounting to showbusiness, beautiful moments from The Bob Newhart Show, the danger of cynicism in comedy, and Chicago values. Plus, Conan responds to a listener voicemail about an awar... Read more

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September 22, 2019 56 min

Former First Lady Michelle Obama feels cautiously optimistic about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.

Michelle and Conan sit down to talk about Michelle’s memoir Becoming, childhood inspirations, embarrassing her kids, spending time alone with Chipotle, putting the right people in office, and the loss of anonymity. Original airdate: March 17, 2019.


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September 15, 2019 58 min

Actor Jeff Goldblum feels…truthful about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.

Jeff and Conan sit down to chat about mini-orgasms, spousal criticism, pinky rings, raising comic children, and speaking in jazz. Plus, producer Matt Gourley reveals the results of the latest blind drawing contest, and Conan responds to a voicemail regarding proper elocution. Original air date: Feb. 24, 2019.

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