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About The Show
Referred to as “the
most cunning talk show around” by "Entertainment Weekly," Late Night with Conan
O’Brien began its tenth season on September 13, 2002. In addition to dominating
the ratings in its time period, every aspect of “Late Night” has been praised in
the media, from Conan himself (“modest, wry, self-effacing and demonstrably the
most intelligent of the late-night comics,” "The Washington Post") and the
show’s comedy (“original and often breathtakingly silly,” said the "New York
Daily News"), to the Max Weinberg Seven (“the best band in late-night TV,” said
"The Washington Post").
Since its debut in 1993, “Late Night” has attracted fans with its innovative comedy, including the sketches “In the Year 2000” and “If They Mated,” as well as “Clutch Cargo” or “The Lips,” wherein photos of scores of politicians and celebrities have appeared with someone else’s lips and voice doing the talking. Over the years, many other recurring comedy bits and characters including “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog,” “Pimpbot 5000” have gained loyal fans. O’Brien and the “Late Night” writers have been consistently nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series. The “Late Night” writing team has won four Writers Guild Awards for Best Writing including two consecutive wins in 2002 and 2003.
Like other talk shows, “Late Night” books A-List guests chatting up their latest blockbuster movies or hit television shows. The difference rests with O’Brien’s improvisational style which "The New York Times" described as “able and quick-witted.” What’s more, in the crowded talk show universe, “Late Night” offer viewers a different take on guests they won’t find elsewhere, such as Jim Carrey having a cell phone conversation with Stephen Hawking, Martha Stewart enjoying some malt liquor and a bean burrito or an entire episode in clay animation. Also earlier this year, Conan taped 4 episodes for Late Night in Canada.
From the beginning, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” has been the premiere venue for alternative music acts. In its first decade, the show has welcomed one of the most diverse and cutting-edge assortments of musical performers on network television. Visitors to the program include acts ranging from living legends and current hit makers to underground sensations. In addition, “Late Night” boasts the network television debuts of superstar acts like Radio head, Green Day, Sheryl Crow, Coldplay, No Doubt and Wilco as well as the unprecedented week-long appearance by The White Stripes in 2003. Lorne Michaels, the creator and producer of “Saturday Night Live” and Jeff Ross are the executive producers of “Late Night.” Allan Kartun directs and the show’s writing is led by Mike Sweeney.
http://www.nbc.com/nbc/Late_Night_with_Conan_O'Brien/video/ to see some great clips of the Show