Category: Conan O'Brien

Tweeter's Digest: Celebs tweet about Japan and other kinds of disasters

Situation Tweeter's Digest rounds up the events of the week as seen through the Twitter feeds of TV personalities. Over the last few weeks, the main topic that united celebs was Charlie Sheen.

This week began with horror and sympathy for the people of Japan dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. But attention also wandered to "Jersey Shore" star the Situation (@ItstheSituation) and his disastrous turn in the Donald Trump roast, "Glee" star Harry Shum Jr. (@iharryshum) was one of many to puzzle over the rise of viral video star Rebecca Black, and "American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe (@dizzyfeet) announced the first Nirvana song performed on the show.

And just in case you were missing Charlie Sheen, "The Game" actress Wendy Raquel Robinson (@IamWendyRaquel) tweeted that she received an interesting offer from the self-proclaimed warlock...



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About (Late) Last Night: On 'Conan,' Pee-wee Herman and the story of Lent [video]

Pee-wee Herman dropped by "Conan" last night on his water skis in a total blast from the past.

He apparently left the playhouse to visit Conan on Ash Wednesday to tell the story of Lent -- a time of sacrifice, turning away from temptation and, um, dreidel. And it all culminates in Easter, with a man-chick emerging from a giant egg. 

This is the latest in a comeback tour for the star -- he's on Broadway, he'll be on HBO and he had a hilarious digital short with Andy Samberg on "Saturday Night Live" just a few months ago. (Also, the man portraying Pee-wee, Paul Reubens, did a wonderfully hilarious turn in the first season of "30 Rock," as Prince Gerhardt, the victim of centuries of royal inbreeding.)

Here's the digital short, which also features Anderson Cooper.


-- Rick Rojas

About (Late) Last Night: Huckabombs and Angry Birds [Video]

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has been put on notice.

Last night, Stephen Colbert took to his Colbert Nation to rant against statements by Huckabee, now a Fox News Channel host, in a slew of recent radio appearances. Huckabee challenged Natalie Portman for getting pregnant out of wedlock, said President Obama grew up in Kenya and had an upbringing comparatively foreign to most Americans and compared gay marriage to, well, incest. 

But it's not what Huckabee said in dropping these "huckabombs," Colbert said. It's that the Republican politician didn't say any of this on his show. (On "The Colbert Report," he said, Huckabee was a "steaming pile of reason.")

Colbert, however, did correct the governor on a couple points. He advised him to be careful when criticizing Portman's child because "that kid she's pregnant with is Luke Skywalker." And Colbert said Huckabee had a few facts wrong on the president's personal story.

"Obama didn't grow up in Kenya," Colbert said. "He was born in Kenya, before moving to Islamistan, where he then traveled back in time to plant his birth announcement in a Hawaiian newspaper."

Meanwhile, elsewhere in cable land, the Angry Birds became life-sized. Over on "Conan," Conan O'Brien welcomed his new Finnish online viewers with a tribute to one of their country's greatest contributions while dissing their enemy neighbors of Sweden. His stage was taken over by the Angry Birds game, bringing down Ikea furniture -- the symbol of Swedish engineering.


— Rick Rojas

About (Late) Last Night: Conan and Andy act out the best picture nominees


The Oscars are to take place Sunday night and in preparation for the big night, Andy Richter and Conan O'Brien have been acting out scenes from the films nominated for best picture.

Earlier this week, the duo -- with assistance from graphic designer Pierre Bernard -- performed a racy scene from "Black Swan." Naturally, the role of Nina, the lithesome ballerina played by Natalie Portman in the original, went to Richter; O'Brien played Thomas Leroy, her handsome and sensual director.

Wednesday night, it was "The Social Network," and O'Brien gave a bravura performance as both the Winklevoss brothers (members of the television academy, I hope you were watching.)

Finally, last night, it was time for "127 Hours," a riveting drama about Aron Ralston, a man who got his arm stuck underneath a boulder while hiking in a remote Utah park. As the boulder in question, Richter may have looked like a piece of "psychedelic French bread," but he stole the show. Watch for yourself above.

Which was your favorite of Andy's and Conan's Oscar performances? Do you wish they had acted out a scene from "The King's Speech" or "The Fighter" instead?

-- Meredith Blake

About (Late) Last Night: Ed Helms talks to Conan O'Brien about baring his 'naughty bits'



Monday night, Ed Helms stopped by "Conan" to promote his new movie, "Cedar Rapids," but one subject predominated the conversations: Helms' derriere. In the comedy, Helms plays an insurance salesman who heads to the titular Iowa city for a debauched convention. One scene calls for Helms' character to bare almost-all when a towel unexpectedly drops from his waist. Naturally, the nude scene was pressing on O'Brien's mind. "I couldn't help but notice that you expose your buttocks. Let's get this on the table," he said. Helms didn't miss a beat. "Let's get my buttocks on the table right away," he agreed.

For Helms, appearing in the buff was less humiliating than the legal wrangling over said nudity. The actor shared with the "Conan" audience his "nudity waiver"-- the contract which, as Helms put it, "delineates in legalese every nuance of your body which will be shown." Not surprisingly, the contract is both absurd and hilarious -- especially because it was, apparently, written by a lawyer with his or her own comedic aspirations (hint: the waiver includes a precise definition for the term "naughty bits.") At the risk of offending more delicate readers, we can't reprint too much of the interview here, but it's worth a watch. 

-- Meredith Blake

Tweeter's Digest: A roundup of the week in TV tweets

Lea Mchale In Tweeter's Digest, we look at the events of the week as seen through the eyes -- or rather, the Twitter feeds -- of TV personalities.

This week, "Glee" stars Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison tweeted from the Grammys, Tyra Banks and Joel McHale offered V-Day advice, "Lost" creator Damon Lindelof and "How I Met Your Mother" creator Carter Bays worried about the Watson computer on "Jeopardy," Stephen Colbert kept an eye on the Spider-Man musical, and reality TV villain Spencer Pratt kept an eye on James Franco. Meanwhile, TV legend Cloris Leachman just tweets ... because she can. 

See these and other celebs tweet after the jump.

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About (Late) Last Night: Andy Richter destroys Watson, the Jeopardy supercomputer [Video]


On Wednesday, Watson, the IBM-engineered supercomputer, handily defeated "Jeopardy" super champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Jennings was breezy about the results, joking, "I for one welcome our new computer overlords."

Not so for Andy Richter. All this week, "Conan" has put its own spin on this latest man-versus-machine match-up. On Tuesday, "Watson" stopped by the show to see if he could best sidekick Andy Richter at his job -- admittedly, probably an easier thing to do than defeating Ken Jennings. Richter lashed out, beating "Watson" to pieces.

But last night, a new and improved Watson was back to torture Richter once again, showering O'Brien with praise and canned laughter. Richter was not amused. "This is just a machine programmed to suck up to you. Where's the emotion? Where's the passion?"

"I save the passion for your wife, Andy," Watson said. "She likes my hard drive and my RAM."

"You shut up, Watson!"

Things devolved from there, ending with Richter firing at Watson, ending the supercomputer's reign of terror.

Or is it really over? You'll have to watch to find out.

-- Meredith Blake

About (Late) Last Night: Dr. Phil thinks Conan O'Brien is 'highly sexualized' [Video]


Is Conan O'Brien a sex fiend? According to the always reliable Dr. Phil, the answer is yes. Tuesday night, the tough-talking self-help guru stopped by "Conan" to share some of the wisdom he's gleaned from 34 years of wedded bliss.

"You gotta keep the sizzle going," said Dr. Phil, who added that he's skeptical about the Valentine's Day tradition: "If you have to be reminded one day a year to romance your honey, you're in a lot of trouble the other 364." He said thinks that the holiday is a conspiracy "invented by FTD," which sounds about right -- but he forget to mention that "relationship experts" are in on it too.

Dr. Phil told O'Brien about the first date with his wife. "She's a real chow hound," he said, so he brought her two eclairs (Dr. Phil pronounces it "EEE-clairs"), one for that night, one for the following morning. "I know how to work women."

When O'Brien wondered if there was a way to tell if someone is romantic or "highly sexual," Dr. Phil asked to see his hand. "I want to see the eclairs first," O'Brien joked.

Dr. Phil examined O'Brien's hands and concluded, "Yep, you're definitely a trollop." O'Brien's third finger is longer than his pointer finger which, Dr. Phil explained to his host, "means you are highly sexualized,  you're more likely to have a lot of sexual partners, you're also more likely to cheat. It's growing as we speak."

Dr. Phil's somewhat absurd explanation was that O'Brien had probably been born in a "testosterone storm." This meant he ought to "be a breeder." Not surprisingly, O'Brien was skeptical. "This all sounds like very sound medical wisdom," he said sarcastically.

"It's very sound medical advice," Dr. Phil reassured him. "There will be fights over this before these people are out of the audience today." Let's hope he's wrong.

So, what did you think? Any other trollops out there?

-- Meredith Blake

Tweeter's Digest: The week in TV tweets

Snooki What better way to look at the events of the week than through the eyes of TV personalities?

This week, Joe Jonas celebrates the Super Bowl, Keith Olbermann celebrates his new job, Howard Stern celebrates his new Twitter feed. Meanwhile, Dr. Drew defends Lindsay Lohan, reality stars collide -- and actors keep an eye on Egypt. See them tweet after the jump

— Joy Press

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About (Late) Last Night: Craig Ferguson is on Team Coco


Anytime two talk-show hosts sit down together on TV, there's going to be a "Jetsons Meet the Flintstones" feeling to it. And so it was on last night's episode of "Conan," where Craig Ferguson stopped by to say hello and tout his upcoming stand-up special.

"So the Scotsman and the Celtic Tampon are together again," O'Brien mused. 

"Finally, they wouldn't let me do the show for years when you were on that other network," said Ferguson, who, in the midst of last year's heated "Tonight Show" battle, repeatedly expressed his disdain for the executives at NBC.

Ferguson had some big news to discuss: Last week, he became a father for the second time. ("I...I had sex!" Ferguson boasted.) It was a joyful occasion, but not without a few--shall we say--messier moments.

"They don't tell you about the what else happens when the baby is born," said Ferguson. "You know what I'm talking about. You were there."

"It's quite...stunning, the creation of life," O'Brien responded, sounding less than rhapsodic about the experience.

"It's a beautiful thing, Conan O'Brien."

"No, it's not. It's really not."

"It's nice when it's all cleaned up," Ferguson said, punctuating his sentence with the perfectly suggestive sip of a mug. He then joked about the long friendship between the two. "We used to make out before you went all 'straight' and everything," he said, even proposing a nickname to rival "The Celtic Tampon." "I'll be the Caledonian fresh press-on towel." (That's Brit-speak for "pad," in case you hadn't figured it out.)

For all the acrimony of late-night television, it's nice to see a little camaraderie between peers -- period jokes and all.

--Meredith Blake

About (Late) Last Night: 'Conan' and 'The Daily Show' poke fun at Michele Bachmann [video]


On Tuesday night, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann broke with tradition and delivered the so-called "Tea Party response" to President Obama's State of the Union address, even though Rep. Paul Ryan had already been enlisted to deliver the official Republican rebuttal. CNN was the only major network to air the speech live -- a decision that drew criticism from some pundits -- but it's Bachmann's off-kilter performance that really had tongues wagging Wednesday. That's because, throughout the entire six-minute address, the Minnesota congresswoman was looking into the wrong camera. The slip-up was monumentally distracting and did little to counter Bachmann's image as a loose cannon. It's safe to say the Republicans won't be calling on her to deliver their official response next year.

But if Bachmann's goal was simply to draw attention to herself, then mission accomplished. Last night both "Conan" and 'The Daily Show" spoofed Bachmann's performance in nearly identical ways. On "Conan," Andy Richter and Conan O'Brien gradually turned away from the audience and toward each other, all the while criticizing Bachmann for being unprofessional. "The Daily Show" took an ever-so-slightly different tack, allowing a series of correspondents to deliver their own rebuttals. Olivia Munn, with a mock-up of the Constitution behind her -- just like Bachmann -- started out looking to one side, then to another, then up, then down, before eventually turning her back to the camera altogether. "The Daily Show" take was funnier, if only because they committed to the joke more fully than did "Conan." Regardless, it's interesting how certain public spectacles -- such as Bachmann's camera gaffe -- lend themselves, almost inevitably, to the same joke. Were both shows shooting fish in the comedy barrel? Probably. But Bachmann is the one who dived right into it.

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--Meredith Blake

DVR playback crowns Conan O'Brien king with young-adult viewers

Conan1.11 Has the DVR made Conan king?

You may recall that Jay Leno took back his old "Tonight Show" perch on NBC from Conan O'Brien last year. O'Brien started a rival show on TBS. Since then, Leno has settled into a big lead over O'Brien in total viewers as well as a very narrow lead among adults ages 18 to 49, the demographic most advertisers care about.

But that's only counting people who watch the programs live. And it just so happens that O'Brien's fans are big-time DVR users.

Once playback is factored in, O'Brien takes the No. 1 spot in 18-49. During November and December, O'Brien averaged 1.4 million viewers ages 18 to 49, compared with 1.3 million for Leno, 1.1 million for CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" and 1 million for Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

O'Brien has an even bigger lead among adults 18 to 34, with an average of 930,000 viewers. Runner-up Jon Stewart had only 574,000.

As TBS noted in a release late Tuesday, "'Conan' receives a far bigger lift from time-shifted viewing than broadcast shows, which is a reflection of the young fan base that O'Brien attracts."

The median age of the "Conan" viewer is 33. It's 42 for "Daily Show" and 52 for ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Letterman and Leno attract the oldest viewers among late-night talk shows: Each has a median age of 56.

-Scott Collins (Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT)

Photo: Conan O'Brien. Credit: Art Streiber/TBS


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