Unless you’re a big fan, you would miss the fact that TV host Conan O’Brien went to Harvard University. Yes, that Harvard. His self-depreciating humor is one of the things we love about him, often criticizing his own academic records, his looks, and his hair.
O’Brien came into consciousness as another David Letterman, albeit funnier and less political. As replacement for Letterman’s Late Night, he was responsible for the recurring sketches like the Masturbating Bear and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. These were enough to brighten Americans’ late night hours, as well as empower their college-boy dreams.
Conan vs Jay Leno: Which side are you on?
In 2011, the late-night shows went into disarray when Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, and Jimmy Fallon’s shows all hang in the balance. That is largely thanks to NBC’s reprogramming of its late-night shows because both Leno and O’Brien’s shows weren’t faring well compared to Letterman’s. NBC decided to go with Leno for the 11:30PM time slot, offering O’Brien the 12:05AM slot.
O’Brien refused to take it, saying it was not “late night” anymore, but early morning. Yes, he was able to make jokes about the ensuing drama that pitted him and Leno against each other. But what endeared Coco, as he is fondly called, to fans more is the fact that he called out NBC for creating the issue and even Leno for acting like a spoiled brat.
O’Brien standing up against his employers is a reflection of all of us. The fact that he succeeded when he transferred to TBS and brought all his former staff with him give us a glimpse of the man behind the Harvard education, the brilliant comedic timing, and the self-depreciating humor.
Coco is willing to be the butt of jokes
Various segments of Conan would have you laughing at the way O’Brien constantly makes fun of himself. His ginger hair, his height, and his looks are just some of the highlights of his comedy. The fact that he doesn’t even need to try to be funny draws audience to him more.
Conan O’Brien brand of comedy and hosting is something new to all of us. It is lighthearted but smart, and intellectual but effortless. For decades, he made it easier for Americans, tired of the usual social and political issues, to laugh and feel totally at home with him.