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28 April 2006 @ 11:22 pm
April 28th, 2006 - Newsletter Part 1  
This week's newsletter includes:
  • Conan’s Birthday

  • Conan's O'Grady Episode Free on iTunes

  • Conan at University of Buffalo

  • Andy Barker, P.I. Development Updates

  • Late Night in Chicago: May 9-12

  • Jon Glaser Temporarily Back at Late Night

  • Entertainment Mag Ranks 'Unsexy' Male Celebs

  • Weinberg speaks on rock gigs, tours

  • Comcast to Offer Late Night On Demand

  • Extras

  • Fan Story


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Happy Birthday to Conan


Conan celebrated his 43rd birthday on Tuesday, April 18 in Chicago, Illinois. He was in Chicago to prepare for the upcoming week of shows in Chicago.

Conan's O'Grady Episode Free on iTunes


As of April 22, the first five episodes of O'Grady season two are available for free on iTunes (they'll be free for a limited time only). Conan provided the voice of Chip on episode 1 of season 2. Note that on iTunes the episode with Conan is called "Jerked". (On The N website, it's called "Frenched".)


Conan at University of Buffalo: April 22

Conan gave a speech at the State University of New York at Buffalo on Saturday, April 22. He was the undergraduate student choice speaker.

Article about the event in The Buffalo News:

  • Conan delivers a seriocomic 'idiot's delight': Life lessons at UB from late night host


  • Article in The University at Buffalo Spectrum:
  • Wit and wisdom to poop on




  • Andy Barker, P.I. Development Updates


    Development Update: March 21-22, 2006
    Futon Critic

    Marshall Manesh (Ranjit on "How I Met Your Mother") and Harve Presnell (Mr. Parker on "The Pretender") have both joined the cast of the Andy Richter-led comedy pilot, about an accountant-turned-private detective. Details on their characters, Wally and Lew respectively, weren't released. The duo join the previously cast Amy Farrington and Tony Hale in the NBC Universal Television-based half-hour, which comes from executive producers A.J. Morewitz, Conan O'Brien, David Kissinger, Jonathan Groff and Jeff Ross. Jason Ensler is directing from a script by O'Brien and Groff.

    Development Update: March 30, 2006
    Futon Critic

    Ion Overman (Viviana on "Love, Inc.") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot. Her involvement is likely in second position to her duties on the UPN comedy.

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    Late Night in Chicago: May 9-12

    “Late Night” is taking the show on the road for a week of shows at the Chicago Theatre on State Street from May 9 through 12. NBC appears to be sending out ticket confirmations by email the week of April 25-28, according to day of the week, as follows:

    -Tuesday, May 9 show confirmations sent Tuesday, April 25
    -Wednesday, May 10 show confirmations sent Wednesday, April 26
    -Thursday, May 11 show confirmations sent Thursday, April 27
    -Friday, May 12 show confirmations sent Friday, April 28
    • For official information about the Chicago shows, see the NBC website and the NBC press release.
    • A spokesman for the show said NBC has received 71,000 e-mail requests for tickets (and at two tickets per request, that translates to 142,000 people hoping to see Conan in Chicago).

    • For fans in the Chicago area: You can go to your local participating Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Pontiac Dealer and ask for a Scratch 'N Win game card for your chance to win 2 tickets. Pontiac is giving away over 600 tickets. Official rules & a list of participating dealers can be found at the WMAQ website.

    • Conan, along with a camera crew and Mr. T, were spotted in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue on Monday, April 17 by a fan. Conan was probably in Chicago during the rerun week to shoot remotes for the Chicago shows.

    Chicago lineup as of April 28, 2006:

    Tu 5/9 from Chicago: Sean Hayes
    We 5/10 from Chicago: Dave Chappelle, Common
    Th 5/11 from Chicago: John C. Reilly
    Fr 5/12 from Chicago: Wilco

    Jon Glaser Temporarily Back at Late Night





    According to Conologue,
    "Jon Glaser is back - for a little while. I stole this information from a long line of people who passed it down like a hot school girl rumor. The reasons are unknown, but Jon Glaser is indeed back at Late Night temporarily, rejoice!"




    Entertainment Mag Ranks 'Unsexy' Male Celebs

    MSNBC
    April 6, 2006

    A magazine in a Boston, Mass., has released its list of the most unsexy male celebrities. The Phoenix arts and entertainment alternative newsweekly ranked the "100 unsexiest men in the world."

    As Conan mentioned on Late Night on April 25, #85 on the list is Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg.


    Weinberg speaks on rock gigs, tours
    Drummer speaks about experiences with Bruce Springsteen, Conan O'Brien show

    The Observer (University of Notre Dame)
    By: Peter Ninneman
    Issue date: 4/21/06 - Section: News

    Max Weinberg was the star on stage Thursday at 8 p.m. in Debartolo Hall for a lecture on his experiences as drummer with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and the Max Weinberg 7 on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

    Weinberg brought motivated his audience while evoking laughs in the process. The night started out with a short film of comedy skits from the Conan O'Brien show, including one with Weinberg reading a poem about murdering his neighbor and putting him through a wood chipper.

    Weinberg also had some more serious words and spoke about the pursuit of dreams.

    "Some people, and you bump into these kinds of people sometimes, call dreams a waste of time," Weinberg said. "Well, forget about those people."

    Weinberg recalled the moment in his life he knew he wanted to play drums. It was 1956 and he was a five-year-old waiting for Elvis' debut on the Ed Sullivan Show with his teenage sisters. When Elvis' band started to play "Hound dog," Weinberg found himself playing along with the drums on the carpet, much to his sisters' dismay.

    "It was absolutely amazing to me, and still is today, how Elvis and his band took over our living room," he said. "I've never been the same since."

    Weinberg went on to play every gig he could get, including strip clubs and bar mitzvahs.

    "Playing behind those strippers and bumping them, rimshotting bad comedians, that was good preparation for what I'm doing now," Weinberg said.

    He caught a break in 1974 as a student at Seton Hall when he hit it off with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in an audition that he found in want ad.

    "This was the best band I had ever sat in with. I wanted that gig," he said.

    The band soared in popularity with the 1975 album "Born to Run," the first actual album that Weinberg had ever played on.

    Weinberg said the ten-year whirlwind of touring that he did with the band fulfilled his "rock n' roll dreams."

    "I had the best seat in the house," he said.

    To show the crowd what it was like to play in packed seats, Weinberg showed a video of concert footage set to "Born in the U.S.A."

    "I had that Fu Manchu mustache," Weinberg said. "I offer that video as definitive proof that not everyone in the seventies looked like Ashton Kutcher."

    In October 1989, Weinberg's life and career took a new direction when he got a call from Springsteen saying that he had been working on a new record and was going down a new path, and thanked Weinberg for his fifteen years of dedication.

    "In retrospect... I probably shouldn't have been surprised it was over," Weinberg said.

    He decided to go back to Seton Hall to finish his communications degree, which still required twenty-one more credits. To his surprise, they still had his account open, which he said probably meant that they knew he would be back when "the rock n' roll thing was over" and he got "his act together." They gave him credit for a book he had written, so only eighteen credits remained until he could receive his degree.

    "I figured that was certainly doable over two semesters," Weinberg said. "What are you laughing about?"

    He took the LSAT after receiving his degree but claimed he got an "unbelievably low score." Daydreaming out the window one day in a property law class, he said he saw "visions of freedom," and proceeded to leave the classroom and withdraw from the college.

    "I became a statistic... I'm very proud to say I'm a law school dropout," Weinberg said.

    Weinberg then got a job at a mail order record store, and worked a variety of jobs there for three years, until he was called up to tour with the band "10,000 Maniacs."

    "I was becoming a drummer again," Weinberg said.

    A short while later, he auditioned for the Broadway show "Tommy." Twenty seconds into his audition, the conductor told him, "Alright, you can be the second alternate sub."

    "That was OK with me, suddenly I'd gotten a job," Weinberg said.

    He was so excited that he called his wife to come visit him in New York City. On a walk after dinner, he came across Conan O'Brien.

    "You just never know," he said. "Even with my little kid dreams, I never thought I'd have my own band with my name on the bass drum, playing on the Late Show."

    Comcast to Offer “Late Night” On Demand

    The Office, Law & Order CI and SVU, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Passions, Monk, Battlestar Galactica and More to Debut on Comcast's VOD Service

    PHILADELPHIA and ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and NBC Universal today announced that starting in May, they will begin adding more than a dozen of NBC Universal's most-watched broadcast and cable programs to Comcast's ON DEMAND video-on-demand (VOD) service.

    Through this comprehensive agreement, the companies will make select NBC Network primetime, late-night and daytime programs available in Comcast VOD markets served by NBC owned-and-operated stations, as well as hit cable programs from USA Network, SCI FI Channel and Bravo, available on demand in all Comcast VOD markets. NBC Universal on demand programs on Comcast will include:

    * Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    * Law & Order: Criminal Intent
    * The Office
    * Las Vegas
    * Conviction
    * The Emmy Award-winning Monk on USA Network
    * SCI FI Channel's acclaimed original series Battlestar Galactica and Ghost Hunters
    * Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown
    * The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
    * Late Night with Conan O'Brien
    * Passions

    NBC Network primetime programs will be available to Comcast Digital Cable customers as early as midnight following their broadcast for 99 cents each. Late-night and daytime shows will be available at no additional charge. NBC Universal Cable shows will be added to the ON DEMAND line-up in all Comcast VOD markets across the country later this year and will be available for the company's Digital Cable customers to view at no additional charge.

    Full article at Comcast website.


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    Screen Caps

    March 28, 2006 -- monologue, Lord of the Rings musical, Where’s my kayak?, Queen Latifah, Tim Gunn

    March 29, 2006 -- "Max's mom" door mishap & Conan laughing

    March 30, 2006 -- Complete Vigodal Eclipse, Paget Brewster, Sausage Choir, Lord of the Rings Blue Collar tour musical

    April 11, 2006 -- monologue, Conan at the desk, Hank Azaria, Mimi Rogers, P!nk

    Jar Barf Channel (April 12, 2006)

    Videos from Recent Episodes of “Late Night”

    Thursday, March 9, 2006
    -Where's My Kayak / Train? (in response to "audience member" finding out he's missing the Finland episode and Matthew McConaughey)

    Tuesday, March 28, 2006
    -Conan accidentally introduces the band as the Max Weinberg 5
    -Brian McCann stars in Where's My Kayak/Train after being told the Chicago shows will not be at the Goodman Theater
    -Lord of the Rings musical sketch

    Wednesday, March 29, 2006
    -"Max's mom" (Lee Kheel) online for LN in Chicago tickets followed by the prop door not opening & Conan cracking up hysterically
    -Lord of the Rings Musical - Billy Joel style
    -Sue Johanson interview

    Thursday, March 30, 2006
    -Complete Vigodal Eclipse

    Friday, March 31, 2006
    -Conan Dancing with Antonio Banderas
    -End of the show credits - Conan playing with the camera

    Tuesday, April 4, 2006
    -Comedy Spring Cleaning
    -Crooner Ghost

    Wednesday, April 5, 2006
    -Where's My Kayak/Skateboard/Balloons
    -Jon Lovitz interview

    Thursday, April 6, 2006
    -James Lipton recites "K-Fed Freestyle" lyrics & does a beer bong

    Friday, April 7, 2006
    -Rachael Ray interview

    Wednesday, April 12, 2006
    -Jar Barf Channel
    -Melissa Cross (scream expert)

    Thursday, April 13, 2006
    -Conan’s monologue with LaBamba's "NEXT JOKE!" in between all the jokes
    -Jarod Miller segment


    Miscellaneous Late Night/Conan Videos

    In the spirit of the March 29 door mishap, here is the Y2K testing of the Robot on the Toilet.

    Conan stripping on his desk on LN, from the March 22, 2006 episode of Most Outrageous TV Moments on NBC. It's a video of someone's TV so it’s not the best quality.
    http://s17.photobucket.com/albums/b62/ClevelandRocker/?action=view¤t=ConanStrips.flv

    September 13, 1993 - Conan’s first episode of “Late Night”:
    -Part 1
    -Part 2

    Pale Force starring Jim Gaffigan & Conan O’Brien
    -Part 1 (aired September 15, 2005)
    -Part 2 (aired February 1, 2006)

    From the Evil Puppy's debut episode, January 6, 2006:
    -Conan introduces the Evil Puppy to the world
    -Evil Puppy gives Conan the blue card with upcoming guests

    Happy New Year 2006 (compilation of clips from 2005 hosted by Conan, Max, Joel, Triumph) - from January 3, 2006

    Bill Hader interview - December 16, 2005

    June 10, 2005 episode with 2 of Conan's biggest fangirl guests - Christina Applegate, Regina Hall, Black Eyed Peas

    September 30, 2004 episode - James Spader, Amy Poehler, Kenny Hotz, Spencer Rice

    Conan Hates Finland - June 8, 2004

    NYC Blizzard remote - February 18, 2003

    Guest Directors Sketch - December 15, 2000

    O'Brien's Court (December 15, 2000) - with Conan, Susan Santomauro (Production Associate), Kevin Frank (graphics), Bruce Brumage (wardrobe), and a bear

    Will Ferrell on Late Night – September 22, 1998
    http://www.savefile.com/files/9178522 (Download button is at bottom right.)

    Chris Farley on Late Night – either October 18, 1993 or January 14, 1994
    http://rapidshare.de/files/16438582/conan.chrisfarley.19931018.avi.html

    Conan on the Colbert Report - Monday, January 9, 2006

    "The Denial Twist" music video by The White Stripes



    How I Met Conan O'Brien!

    Monday, August 15, 2005

    By Jessica Bentley



    On August 15th 2005, I attended a taping of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. I arrived at NBC around 2:00 pm and was with my mom and sister. There were about 4 people in front of us which was really good, so I knew I would be in the front row.

    Around 4-4:30pm they started to let us in. We got through security and into the elevators. When we entered the studio, my first thought was "it's so small." I have read that a lot, but I never knew just how small. Brian came out to warm us up and then Max and the Max Weinberg 7 came out and played a few songs. Then Conan came out!! He is so tall! He is 10 times hotter in person.

    After Conan warmed us up for the show, he went behind the curtain and the show started. The show was fun -- Steve Carell was on, so you know the show was funny.

    After the show we left and went back downstairs to wait for Conan. Once there, my mom, sister and I waited and it wasn't long (about an hour) and then Conan came down!!! I was so excited!! I got a picture with him and he signed my Rolling Stone magazine!! I will never forget this and I hope to meet him again!!

    Before the show while waiting in line I was talking to a guy who works there. I think he does the NBC studio tours, and he told me where to wait for Conan after the show. You go down the elevators to leave the studio and then walk down the hall. There is another pair of elevators and above the doors it says "Avenue of Americas". The elevators are on the west side of the building.


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    Feel free to comment/make suggestions
     
     
     
    damn those tv programs, damn them all to hell: ardydeepend on April 29th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
    Gah! Thanks for the videos!

    I had to miss LN all week because my satelite fucked up. (Yes, it's on a network, but the reception is shit.)

    So yeah, thank you!
    ♣  shiksa feminista  ♣: Heels & Handbagredhotpolkadots on April 29th, 2006 09:38 am (UTC)
    AMANDA YOU HAVE THE SPADER VIDEO! This is so great. Thankyouthankyou :]

    Oh and is it sad that until I scrolled to the end of it, I didn't recognize my own recap? HAHA.
    Conan's Goddessconansgoddess on May 1st, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
    Now that's a good Friday! xD
    chickendance103chickendance103 on April 29th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
    you guys are the greatest. i was pissed that i missed Where's My Kayak/Skateboard/Balloons and now i have it yay. thanks for the spring cleaning one too... i missed half of that.
    (Anonymous) on April 29th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
    Venting about NBC
    First, thanks Conan's Goddess, for answering my questions in the last newsletter! It's nice to know I still have somewhere to go for Conan-related questions :) I'm really bummed about the Chicago tickets, as I have not gotten a confirmation, while I requested them the very first day they were available!! I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that I don't live in Chicago. Maybe they were giving preference to Chicago residents:( If they were going to do that though, why didn't they just tell us in the first place?? I guess I can hold out since I AM going to NY in July to see the show, but it would have been nice to see him in Chicago first. This, along with the message boards being on the fritz, pours more into my bowl-o-frustration with NBC and the way the run things. From the ticket reservation process to the shotty website, to a number of other things, I'm really perturbed with the network right now. It's so unorganized, almost to the point of being shady! I really wish they would get their act together!! It seems like they treat viewers and fans really shabbily. Has anyone else noticed this or feel the same??

    Sad Abby in Iowa :(
    Conan's Goddessconansgoddess on May 1st, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
    Re: Venting about NBC
    I also thought they were only giving tickets to people who lived close to Chicago, but then I found out someone from about 5 hours away in Michigan got an email confirmation for tickets. So now I'm pretty sure it was done randomly - at least I hope it was.

    And yes, NBC's Conan website really needs an update. They still have the advertisement about getting tickets for Chicago up, and they've already sent out email confirmations! I think Conan himself is really fan-friendly but you have to do a lot of investigation about the ticket process and that type of stuff since the official website isn't up to date on that.
    (Anonymous) on May 2nd, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
    Re: Venting about NBC
    Yes, Conan himself is the one gem within the rubble that is NBC public relations. I hope to take the fan above's advice about where to wait for him after the show this summer. Getting to actually meet the king of late night will make me feel all better:) Thanks again for the correspondence and for the newsletter. The video clips are awesome!!

    Abby in Iowa (soon to figure out how to get an actual username:)
    Elizabethecctv on April 29th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
    yay :D thanks for this, its always a highlight.
    leatharegee: Conan 4 Presidentleatharegee on April 30th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
    w00t! thanks for the vids! I meant to catch the bit with Sue Johanson, but I fell asleep sometime during Leno and yeah. Thanks for posting it!
    coneyfan: thumb upconeyfan on April 30th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
    Ah, thanks again guys. Those videos were awesome!
    onlylvstrangers on April 30th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
    Good work, thanks! I keep watching the Jar Barf Channel for the song. "The channel's disgusting but the song is BEAUTIFUL!"
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    Conan's Goddessconansgoddess on May 1st, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
    Most are from Late Night Torrents. :)
    Alicia: conanaliciamichelle on May 1st, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
    I love this newsletter. :)
    (Anonymous) on October 25th, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
    Total Vigodal Eclipse... DOWNLOAD?
    I just saw a re-run of the show tonight and I was wondering if anyone had the "Complete Vigodal Eclipse" video downloaded and saved? I tried to download it but it was unavailable due to inactivity. That clip had me laughing for almost 30 minutes and I'd like to pass it on to some friends. Any help would be appreciated! Please email mitcham@gmail.com

    Thanks!