Conan O’Brien

Conan O’Brien Implores Viewers to Switch to ‘Letterman’ in a Touching Tribute

Last night, Conan O’Brien joined the chorus of David Letterman tributes during his own late night show Conan. Referring to Letterman… Read More

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How David Letterman Became Johnny Carson, and Everyone Else Became David Letterman

Last week, as part of their (understandably) protracted and hyped-up farewell to David Letterman, CBS aired a 90-minute prime-time special called David Letterman: A Life on Television. Hosted by Ray Romano, it was a clean, efficient retrospective that wrapped Dave’s memorable moments into tight little packages: celebrity interviews of note, political high-rollers, “friends of the show,” recurring segments, and so on. But the special was strangely incongruent to the true spirit of the show, which was never about immortal moments or rehashed clips; it was about an overall spirit, a loose, gonzo, hanging-out vibe. When Letterman’s idol Johnny Carson did an anniversary special or his own farewell tour back in 1992, you knew you were gonna see the tomahawk clip or Tiny Tim’s wedding. But that wasn’t what Letterman’s show — whether Late Night at NBC or The Late Show at CBS — was, or why those of us who loved Letterman watched… Read More

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‘Mad Men’s’ Final Scene Involves a Very Dapper Watermelon, and Probably Doesn’t Involve D.B. Cooper

Matt Weiner appeared on Conan last night and told him that, because O’Brien has been such an avid supporter of the show, he… Read More

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Taylor Swift Lies “Across the Narrow Sea”: Links You Need to See

“Alfred, fire up my private jet,” I would say in a world where all of my dreams were coming true at once: butler, private jet, castle, unlimited funds for an MFA program. But it turns out that most people with private jets actually just want to fly to…New York? Great. I’m already here, and it’s snowing in March. The New York draw, CNN explains, has to do with “Russian business owners mixing business with pleasure.” Indeed. … Read More

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Dragonballs, Conan, and Kanye: Links You Need to See

The thing about nostalgia is that it’s awful even though it’s great, just like any other drug. If nostalgia is properly harnessed and turned into a ripe piece of culture fruit, I can’t resist eating it. Which is why, more than a decade after Dragonball Z made me late for daily football practice, this professional, fan-made clip for a new live action Dragonball Z movie is forcing me to reassess my embargo on anime. … Read More

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Conan Spoofs ‘Fifty Shades” Hardware Store Scene with Commercial for Terrifying, Makeshift BDSM Gear

Fetishism of course predominantly involves the sexualizing of things otherwise not thought of erotically. The human mind’s capacity to make just… Read More

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Rainn Wilson Rails Against Hipster Foodies, Posits New Theory for Fall of Roman Empire

Historians have traditionally attributed the fall of the Roman Empire to factors like over-expansion, Barbarian invasions, and a fractured… Read More

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