From the show's inception until May 2000, Andy Richter served as cohost alongside Conan O'Brien. O'Brien is currently the sole host of the show and is scheduled to leave in 2009 to take over The Tonight Show. Various sources have hinted towards comedy writer Robert Smigel as the replacement for Conan's 12:30 slot, with NBC possibly trying to repeat the success they had with Conan of ushering in another relatively unknown writer to the Late Night circuit, although nothing has been confirmed.[...]I'm relatively unknown and I'll be 25 in the fall of 2009. I'll have plenty experience behind a desk by then depending on when I take over the as-yet-to-be-named-late-night-comedy-show-at-NKU.
In 1993, O'Brien replaced David Letterman, long time host of the Late Night with David Letterman, when Letterman left NBC to host the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. Since Letterman's new program was similar to his NBC show, many sources consider O'Brien's program to be a new and separate entity, although it is technically a continuation of Letterman's Late Night.
O'Brien's comic style was influenced greatly by the absurdist farce of Monty Python and the physical comedy and wild vocalizing of Robin Williams. Like his Late Night predecessor, David Letterman, O'Brien's humor also has a streak of biting sarcasm. O'Brien often playfully chides his audience for underwhelming or overly enthusiastic response to his jokes.
The show's first three years under O'Brien were generally considered mediocre, but by 1996 he had found his comic voice and it quickly returned to the cult status it had enjoyed under Letterman's tenure.
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Late Night with Conan
Will Robert Smigel take over Late Night when Conan O'Brien moves to The Tonight Show? There's a good possibility so how will he do both him and Triumph at the same time?!? I did some searching through the countless pages on the internet and parked myself at Wikipedia and couldn't believe my eyes: