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Conan O'Brien

Conan O'BrienAKA Conan Christopher O'Brien

Born: 18-Apr-1963
Birthplace: Brookline, MA

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Talk Show Host, Comic
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Conan O'Brien Show

Conan O'Brien attended Harvard, and edited The Harvard Lampoon for two years. After graduating Harvard magna cum laude with a degree in U.S. History, O'Brien wrote for satirical newscasts Not Necessarily the News and The Wilton North Report. He wrote for Saturday Night Live from 1987-91, and The Simpsons from 1990-93, where his work included "Homer Goes to College" and "Marge vs. the Monorail". His cousin is actor-comedian Denis Leary.

When David Letterman bolted from NBC's Late Night for CBS in 1993, Lorne Michaels was charged with finding a new host. Michaels had worked with O'Brien on SNL and thought he would do nicely, despite O'Brien's relative lack of performing experience -- only some improvisational comedy on stage in the 1980s. Thus a gangly redhead nobody had seen before took over Late Night in September of 1993, and after several months started not sucking. It took years before O'Brien seemed relaxed, but he definitely developed a knack for both performing and interviewing. Long-running skits included "In the Year 2000" and Robert Smigel's "Triumph the Insult Comic Dog".

After the 2003 SARS scare decimated tourism in Toronto, the Canadian government underwrote a road trip for O'Brien's Late Night in 2004. Some Canadians were offended when "Triumph the Insult Comic Dog" insulted Canadians with lines like, "So you're French and Canadian? You're obnoxious and dull". Chum Television, which airs the show in Canada, edited out such "offensive material" when the program was re-broadcast. Alexa McDonough, a member of Canada's Parliament, called the program vile, vicious, hate-mongering garbage, and said the Canadian government should demand its money back. No refund has been offered.

In 2004, Jay Leno announced his retirement from The Tonight Show, effective 2009, and NBC announced that Conan O'Brien would take over in five years, which he did on 1 June 2009. With many millions of viewers changing the channel as Leno's new prime time show fizzled, the ratings for affiliates' late news and O'Brien's Tonight Show were poor, and O'Brien was brusquely dumped in January 2010, mere months after moving his family, band, and staff from New York to Los Angeles. He has since signed for a new late-night chat and comedy show on basic cable network TBS.

Father: Thomas O'Brien (doctor)
Mother: Ruth O'Brien (attorney)
Brother: Neal O'Brien (b. 1960)
Brother: Luke O'Brien (attorney, b. 1961)
Sister: Kate O'Brien (teacher, b. 1965)
Sister: Jane O'Brien (writer-producer, Futurama, b. 1967)
Brother: Justin O'Brien (businessman, b. 1972)
Girlfriend: Lisa Kudrow (actress, together late 1980s)
Girlfriend: Lynn Kaplan (backstage worker, cohabited 1994-99)
Wife: Liza Powell (advertising executive, m. 12-Jan-2002, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Neve O'Brien (b. 14-Oct-2003)
Son: Beckett O'Brien (b. 9-Nov-2005)

    High School: Brookline High School, Brookline, MA (1981)
    University: BA History and Literature, Harvard University (1985)

    Harvard Lampoon
    Endorsement of American Express (2010-)
    Al Franken for Senate
    Roast: Lorne Michaels (2004)
    Irish Ancestry

    The Tonight Show Host (2009-10)
    Late Night with Conan O'Brien Host (1993-2009)
    The Simpsons Producer
    Saturday Night Live Writer (1987-91)

    Sandy Wexler (14-Apr-2017)
    The LEGO Batman Movie (1-Feb-2017) [VOICE]
    Clear History (10-Aug-2013)
    Now You See Me (21-May-2013) · Himself
    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (29-Jan-2013) [VOICE]
    Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (13-Mar-2011) · Himself
    The Great Buck Howard (18-Jan-2008) · Himself
    Queer Duck: The Movie (4-Jun-2006) · Himself [VOICE]
    Pittsburgh (2006) · Himself
    Bewitched (24-Jun-2005) · Himself
    Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (10-Mar-2002) · Himself
    Vanilla Sky (10-Dec-2001) · Himself
    America: A Tribute to Heroes (21-Sep-2001) · Himself
    Storytelling (12-May-2001) · Himself
    Barenaked in America (11-Sep-1999) · Himself

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