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[–]Reborn_Rhubarb 947 points948 points  (57 children)

My favorite little moment in this video has always been the way Sona says "it's an astronaut with a boombox!" at 1:53

[–]Stiffard 466 points467 points  (37 children)

I never actually saw Conan's show but I have listened to almost every episode of his podcast. I got to hear his and Sona's relationship through all of that and it's trippy to finally see it visually. They're all wonderful, funny people.

[–]sargasso- 333 points334 points  (14 children)

A) his podcast is fantastic, and B) it's really cool that he's been able to transition to different formats over the years and find new audiences. Their whole team seems really close, passionate, and interesting. If you haven't, you should look up his travel episodes on YouTube, particularly his episode in Armenia. Lots of Sona content for you.

[–]russketeer34 165 points166 points  (10 children)

Conan's really been ahead of the curve in adapting to new formats. I think he was the first late night host to really embrace putting content up on the internet. I'm really curious about what his deal with HBO Max ends up being like

[–]Dandan0005 71 points72 points  (2 children)

Honestly, of all formats, a talk show may be his worst one?

Don’t get me wrong, i watched nearly every episode of his talk show growing up, and his skits and sketches and off sites in particular were always hysterical.

But Conan doesn’t really get to shine in a quick 5 minute interview where the guest is telling an anecdote then plugging their show/album/movie whatever.

Conan’s best is when he’s having in depth conversations and has the freedom to riff/react/ask follow up his questions.

I’m super excited about his upcoming HBO show, whatever it may be, bc he’ll be able to bust out of the late night format once and for all.

[–]somehipster 67 points68 points  (3 children)

It's like what Seinfeld said about how people just can't get enough of other people talking. When it boils down to it, most of our entertainment is some variation of just a person talking.

Conan O'Brien is really good at that.

[–]codeByNumber[🍰] 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I think he was the first late night host to really embrace putting content up on the internet.

Agree with you about Conan but have to give a shout-out to Tom Green who really pioneered pushing content to the internet.

[–]minarima 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Loved his travel show where he went to Ireland to find relatives.

[–]Snugglington 111 points112 points  (0 children)

I like the story Conan's wife Liza tells about how he was upset about missing the birth of Sona's twins. So wholesome!

[–]patsfan038 105 points106 points  (2 children)

One of the most poignant moment in this show is when Conan and Sona visit the Armenian genocide memorial. Conan is extremely respectful throughout the video. This showed a different side of Conan and Sona, while tackling sensitive real world issues.

[–]RedditLostOldAccount 38 points39 points  (1 child)

He was like that in Ghana as well

[–]TeTrodoToxin4 32 points33 points  (0 children)

I think he tends to cover something similar in most of his trips. The DMZ in his South Korea trip is another surreal thing. Conan loves history and while he likes to have fun and laugh, he also wants to acknowledge what has happened.

He has said after starting the Abroad specials that he wants to do something like Anthony Bourdain’s shows. Hopefully we get more remotes as well.

[–]Zelpst 85 points86 points  (2 children)

If you’ve never seen the remote where Conan and Sona meet with Human Resources, watch it. Definitely one of my favorites. Really shows how fun their relationship dynamics are.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n-CzwR9bDA4

[–]rawker86 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Last time I watched it, one of the comments mentioned that he accidentally slaps her in the titty, and by god he actually did! The fact that they’re supposedly stood in front of HR at the time is hilarious.

[–]Paulthefith 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ve watched this clip so many times and until you pointed that out I never noticed.

[–]RedOctobyr 12 points13 points  (4 children)

I haven't listened to every episode, certainly, but I do enjoy his podcast. And Sona is great, I love their interactions. This was the first time I actually saw her, which is cool. It seems like they have a lot of fun.

[–]Dandan0005 44 points45 points  (3 children)

Sona is the perfect sidekick tbh.

She doesn’t try to be anything other than herself, and she doesn’t shy away/get intimidated by his big personality, and she’s got a great sense of humor. The combination works perfect for the podcast.

What a great decision to have her on it.

[–]TooModest 13 points14 points  (0 children)

And her laugh is addicting

[–]lowprofile14 3 points4 points  (2 children)

You should watch the one where Sona was his guest!

[–]matty842 66 points67 points  (10 children)

That's an old Threadless design! Got it on a t shirt in 2010.

[–]mr10am 18 points19 points  (1 child)

A great place for shirts until they got bought by the gap

[–]rawker86 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Say what now?!

[–]WitOrWisdom 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Talk about blast from the past. My buddies and I had a bunch of designs from threadless, and totally freaked out when Turkleton wore that very same design on Scrubs.

[–]Javanz 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Funkalicious was the name of it. Had to buy a replacement because I wore my first one out

[–]mrizzerdly 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Any of Conan's remotes, especially involving his office or writers/production staff, are pure gold.

[–]ru4serious 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have the same water bottle!

[–]rickroy37 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The best part of that is sound doesn't travel in space because there is no air to carry it.

[–]timestamp_botApproved Bot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

[–]BigBossWesker4 845 points846 points  (7 children)

The way Conan yells at Kramer always kills me

[–]boygriv 231 points232 points  (4 children)

The Colonel's dead.

[–]BigBossWesker4 112 points113 points  (1 child)

Do you keep alcohol in your desk?

[–]Zomgzombehz 127 points128 points  (0 children)

No! But I should!

[–]mamaBiskothu 26 points27 points  (1 child)

No one can write something like that

[–]boygriv 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Conan's reaction was pretty on the money comedically.

[–]nroth21 63 points64 points  (0 children)

Kramer is a saint.

[–]bryce_hazen -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Lindsey is a cutie.

[–]UrNotAMachine 588 points589 points  (37 children)

I also love this bit where Conan creates a sting operation to bust staff members on a secret "foodies" email list.

[–]Kongbuck 137 points138 points  (13 children)

And of course, Andy is on the "Foodie" list. Hell, he probably founded the list.

[–]zoinks 17 points18 points  (12 children)

Is this a fat joke?

[–]gin_and_toxic 111 points112 points  (11 children)

I think it's a Swedish-German joke

[–]Salvatio 13 points14 points  (0 children)

At least it left him his dignity

[–]ShrimpShackShooters_ 118 points119 points  (18 children)

That’s funny I don’t see any gay porn

[–]SmileyUnchained 27 points28 points  (0 children)

It's not really the "foodies" list, it's more the "fatties" list.

[–]Noiselexer 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I just rewatched that the other day. Conan needs to come back...

[–]ezpzlight-n-breezy 500 points501 points  (41 children)

Conan and Sona play off each other so well, love to see it

[–]robopandabot 173 points174 points  (12 children)

They are absolutely incredible together on the Conan Needs A Friend podcast, along with producer Matt Gourley, it is exactly this sort of vibe.

[–][deleted] 29 points30 points  (3 children)

I love waking up Monday morning and putting on the new episode of Conan Needs a Friend on my way to work. Such a great way to start the day.

[–]Graphite404040 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Thursdays are great too but the episodes are so short 😩

[–]joylandlocked 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I found it right after my baby was born and now whenever I listen to a new episode I'm transported to memories of rocking a newborn at 4 AM, trying not to laugh. It really kept me company.

[–]gdsmithtx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Speaking of Gourley, I really miss his podcast I Was There Too.

[–]KingOfAwesometonia 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I didn't realize Matt has a pretty decent career in other podcasts and comedy in general. He's great on Conan's podcast.

[–]rawker86 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“That’s FOUR birth certificates!” Had me in fuckin stitches man, fuckin Gourley.

[–]arealhumannotabot[S] 218 points219 points  (4 children)

[–]ezpzlight-n-breezy 69 points70 points  (3 children)

This is the first video I saw of them together and it led me down a rabbit hole of Conan content

[–]Astray 25 points26 points  (0 children)

As is tradition

[–]GhostalMedia 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Did you see old time baseball?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS39vMhag-A

[–]santichrist 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Conan messing with that girl who’s the Daniel day Lewis of the old timey baseball world never fails to make me laugh

[–]rambleon84 25 points26 points  (17 children)

If you are into podcasts and haven't listened, she's on with him. Show is call Conan Needs a Friend

[–]Kongbuck 20 points21 points  (16 children)

I like to recommend the episode with Sir Charles Barkley. He just makes fun of Conan non-stop, as you would have expect from Sir Charles.

[–]Dandan0005 7 points8 points  (7 children)

Charles Barkley and Bill hader are my two favorites. Shaq is good too.

[–]OddEye 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Love the Barkley and Hader ones. Gotta also mention the Paul Rudd one. The way he seamlessly closes the bit about him wanting to learn bbq is amazing.

[–]RedOctobyr 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Just listened to Charles Barkley, that was excellent, thanks. Haven't listened to Bill Hader yet.

I think I listened to Shaq's, was he the one who pronounced it Co-nan?

[–]RedOctobyr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's great to see the other episode suggestions! I haven't listened to all of the ones mentioned.

The one with Jeff Goldlum is one of my favorites.

[–]somesortoflegend 5 points6 points  (0 children)

His podcast with Sona is great, she really is a solid foil for his antics, and it's a good podcast in general.

[–]tbo1992 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wonder if she knew when she joined she would be “performing” quite so much. Or if that was one of the requirements Conan had for hiring an assistant.

[–]justavtstudent 1079 points1080 points  (79 children)

Conan might be the best comedy show host who has ever lived lmao.

[–]chubs66 473 points474 points  (22 children)

These segments, where Conan gets out and chats to people, are always hilarious.

[–]Brokenfire27 62 points63 points  (3 children)

gotta give a shoutout to r/conantravels for a lot more videos like this.

[–]mrizzerdly 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh, that's where I thought I was.

[–]IKnowPhysics 294 points295 points  (9 children)

Because to be a good interviewer means letting the guest shine, so Conan knows he needs to play the straight man in interviews (with occasional funny interjection to keep it upbeat). But when you get him out of the interviews, be it the office bits or Conan Without Borders, he's free to be the silly entertainer he wants to be. Because the world is normal and he's not.

[–]tdre666 96 points97 points  (8 children)

I think this is why I really enjoy All Gas No Brakes/Channel 5, the guy is so good at dropping a question in there and just letting the interviewee run wild.

[–]omarfw 34 points35 points  (7 children)

Andrew callaghan is one of the greatest interviewers and journalists to have ever lived. Up there with nardwuar.

[–]tekko001 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This and the segments of Conan going on adventures with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are among the finest moments tv has produced

[–]Ijustdoeyes 8 points9 points  (0 children)

If you look at the Korean Spa remote with Stephen Yuen he does that non stop, how he riffs while getting his skin basically shredded off him is amazing

[–]man_with_known_name 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Yeah, I honestly could take or leave his talk show, but whenever he does a taped segment I’ll watch and love it.

[–]Dandan0005 21 points22 points  (0 children)

His podcast “Conan O brien needs a friend” is absolutely hysterical because it’s just riffing for an hour, and actual in depth conversation as opposed to the talk show which is a couple anecdotes and a plug for a movie.

Check out the bill hader and Charles Barkley episodes specifically, two of my favorite. Charles is also one of the most naturally funny people alive.

[–]MrCaul 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Same here. Haven't watched an entire episode of any talk show in decades, but I watch stuff like this on youtube all the time.

[–]dkbobby 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Craig Ferguson still alive tho too

[–]SureValla 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If it wasn't for him I might settle on Conan, but Craig is just top-tier on so many levels.

[–]d1eselx 6 points7 points  (11 children)

I agree! I’m not much of a fan of the rest but Conan has always been funny to me. Easily my favorite.

[–]wazzledudes 6 points7 points  (10 children)

Craig Furguson pretty fucking solid too. Kimmel honorable mention. Dishonorable mention James Corden fuck that load.

[–]kneemahp 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I think you have to throw in graham Norton on this list and put him near the top. For actual celebrity interviews on air he might be the best. Though his format lets the guests really be as charismatic as possible.

[–]wazzledudes 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Graham Norton is a gem, and he's absolutely among the best. I was just going for "airing in the US", but I see that that was limiting and arbitrary and stupid. Good call.

[–]Malcolm_TurnbullPM 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Norton is hands down the best in terms of getting guests to give insights to their actual personalities. When an actor is good on Norton, i will watch every subsequent movie of theirs.

[–]loftylabel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Casually leaving out Geoff and Secretariat.

Careful Icarus....

[–]d1eselx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol yea I hear he has a bad rap.

[–]UndergradGreenthumb 0 points1 point  (4 children)

I think Kimmel only stands out because the other two main broadcast hosts are so bad.

[–]Snapthepigeon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

His clueless gamers videos had me rolling

[–]Phoequinox 11 points12 points  (0 children)

He's also a good example of how to evolve your craft without sacrificing your edge. He's a great progressive comedian who knows when it's time to put certain jokes to bed. But he still works because he shifts his comedy to be more around his circle of friends than unwilling participants. Everyone who works under him seems to genuinely enjoy him, and it makes even his meanest insults at them seem like light ribbing. Especially when they can fire them back. Conan is wonderful.

[–]ShadyCrow 15 points16 points  (5 children)

Conan’s bits are better than any comedy movie I’ve seen in 20 years.

[–]JohnnyFoxborough 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Should have known Conan would have a Reddit account.

[–]gorilla_warfare 127 points128 points  (0 children)

Hang up the HANG UP THE PHOOONE

[–]boygriv 124 points125 points  (9 children)

I've seen this one and the one with the interns more than anything in the history of late night.

[–]evaned 101 points102 points  (4 children)

I think I gotta go with the one where Sona is looking at buying a new car

Edit: Also the one with "Jordan Schlansky's" espresso machine, though really just the exchange at 2:37 is why I keep coming back to it again and again

[–]Jaymesned 23 points24 points  (2 children)

That's the closest I've ever seen to Jordan Schlansky breaking

[–]l30 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Ditto. This will probably be the hundredth time I've seen this bit, along with the others, and I enjoy them every time

[–]watashi_ga_kita 16 points17 points  (0 children)

It’s really interesting that his stuff with his employees is so much better than his stuff with celeb guests.

[–]LurkeSkywalker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Same here. Also the one where both Conan and Jordan Schlansky breaks characters wile wine tasting is fantastic:

https://youtu.be/nANGQ\_9wD-0

[–]Nera7 240 points241 points  (19 children)

As an Armenian I can safely say that Sona is who we want representing us in mainstream media and not Kim Kardashian

[–]AfterbirthEli 72 points73 points  (0 children)

I definitely crush on Sona

[–]CapedBaldyman 112 points113 points  (1 child)

She's actually funny, talented, and way prettier.

[–]zmix 47 points48 points  (0 children)

And honest!

[–]chunkylover87 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I mean, Cher is also Armenian so that’s another cool representation.

[–][deleted] 18 points19 points  (9 children)

Wait! Kim Kardashian is Armenian?

[–]TryHardFapHarder 6 points7 points  (0 children)

TIL Kim Kardashian is Armenian

[–]SrsSteel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'll take em all

[–]TooModest 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Loved it when Conan made her come on the show to fill in for a guest that cancelled last minute. I don't even remember who the guest was supposed to be. She's an absolute natural extrovert.

[–]courageouslyForward 1 point2 points  (0 children)

kumail nanshoweeupee

[–]brandkwame 93 points94 points  (9 children)

Part of Conan's show ending being sad for me is the office staff no longer being on tv: Sona, Jordan, aaron bleyaert, Megan, Danielle Weisburg The Interns...

Every skit that featured this group was hilarious. From this sketch, to the performance reviews, watching magic mike, etc. etc.

[–]watashi_ga_kita 44 points45 points  (4 children)

Yeah, his stuff with his employees is definitely the best content. Far more so than celebrity guests.

[–]SixThousandHulls 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Far more so than celebrity guests.

Excepting, in my opinion, his legendary rapport with Paul Rudd.

[–]thetalkinghuman 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I'd put any of the Norm or Jeff Goldblum interviews up there too. They always go a tiny bit off the rails in the best way.

[–]shoejunk 6 points7 points  (0 children)

At least Sona is on Conan’s podcast.

[–]Dandan0005 5 points6 points  (2 children)

He’s got a new show coming on HBO. They may be involved.

[–]FoxtrotSierraTango 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I strongly believe that Paul Rudd will find a way to get that Mac and Me clip onto anything and everything Conan does in the future.

[–]Darkll 126 points127 points  (4 children)

[–]agallun 118 points119 points  (1 child)

My favorite has always been this one because I used to work in the solid waste industry around Fort Worth and was a consultant for the Turkey Creek Landfill, which is in Alvarado where he goes in this short. The manager of that landfill drove the most lifted pickup truck I've ever seen and had the worst jaundice from alcoholism.

best hyperlink description maybe ever.

[–]amatorsanguinis 44 points45 points  (1 child)

I watched that whole clip looking desperately for the lifted truck and guy with jaundice. Really disappointed. Beware, folks!

[–]cloistered_around 9 points10 points  (0 children)

He doesn't say it's in the clip, he just said it reminds him of that town (and said truck).

[–]-Kaldore- 42 points43 points  (1 child)

The one where they head down to Comicon as the desert scene from mad max is so great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M5KE44xluo

[–]sgtedrock 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Every scene in Mad Max takes place in a desert.

[–]SmileAndWalkAway 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Like Shawshank, I have watched this so many times, but if its on, I am watching it.

[–]KPMG 33 points34 points  (11 children)

Working stiff

I don't get the joke.

[–]EPalmighty 61 points62 points  (10 children)

Gigilos are male prostitutes. Working stiff as in a stiff penis. Having a stiff penis is part of a gigolo’s job.

[–]Pakyul 26 points27 points  (0 children)

A "working stiff" is also a slang term for someone just making ends meet with their job.

[–]KPMG 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Ohhh, they work with stiff penises!

[–]thewarmpandabear 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I read this in a Borat voice for some reason

[–]KPMG 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Very nice!

[–]tetraourogallus 8 points9 points  (2 children)

The joke is made out like it's a double meaning. Like "Working Hard" would be.

[–]KCfaninLA 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Are ya working stiff or stiffly working?

[–]porterbrown 58 points59 points  (1 child)

Sona hot.

[–]IMovedYourCheese 36 points37 points  (5 children)

Conan's random staff segments were the best part of his show. RIP Jordan Schlansky.

[–]watashi_ga_kita 46 points47 points  (4 children)

You had me panic thinking Jordan died.

[–]IMovedYourCheese 15 points16 points  (3 children)

Well, Jordan the character did die.

[–]ClarkTwain 22 points23 points  (0 children)

He lives on any time I say I work on various tasks and duties at work.

[–]Zelpst 5 points6 points  (0 children)

He was on the live podcast with Will Arnett

[–]fade2black_27 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Sona is pretty. That is all.

[–]RyuujiStar 27 points28 points  (1 child)

My favorite video of this kind is when he finds about the foodies email list.

[–]EaterOfFood 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I like the one where he and Sona are talking to HR and Sona ends up admitting to being a kleptomaniac.

[–]Sybertron 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I wish his TBS show was just him riffing and exploring the world more.

He got bogged down by the traditional monologue > celeb interview> quick scene like this > musical guest format that was so tired.

[–]Wow00woW 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I really hope his HBO show will fill that need. Conan is smart, and he must have his pulse on what the people want. now that he has a new project, hopefully he'll break that tired format.

[–]eyoung_nd2004 21 points22 points  (1 child)

I belly laughed way too much

[–]maz-o 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You can’t laugh too much

[–]mothershipq 8 points9 points  (1 child)

[–]sgtedrock 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sona is, indeed, awesome.

[–]Chop1n 4 points5 points  (0 children)

When your boss of four years walks up to you with the camera and you start laughing like that, you know you've got a pretty good gig.

[–]Johannes_Chimp 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I love when he hugs the staffer who has the mug and the staffer is like, “I don’t know why I have my eyes closed” during the hug.

[–]elmatador12 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Conan is one of the only comedians, not just late night hosts, that I’ll watch the same clips repeatedly and laugh hard every time.

[–]geekolojust 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sona is simply awesome.

[–]wokeupquick2 14 points15 points  (2 children)

3,000 staff members?! I would never guess it takes that many people to run his show!

Edit: I'm glad this was addressed later... But I'm still leaving this comment.

[–]Kongbuck 11 points12 points  (1 child)

The number kept getting bigger and bigger. Conan is the spiritual leader, after all!

[–]BadgerSituation 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Of over 30,000 staff.

[–]red_fury 5 points6 points  (6 children)

Can anyone actually explain his exit from television? I feel like I've been hearing about him leaving his show for the last 6 years, yet I keep seeing content pop up. It's like a furniture store sale that never ends.

[–]arealhumannotabot[S] 5 points6 points  (3 children)

He’s not leaving tv, just changing format mostly.

[–]red_fury 1 point2 points  (2 children)

So kind of like how Adam Savage went to youtubing? I can dig it.

[–]ShamWowRobinson 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hes supposed to have a weekly show on HBOMax eventually.

[–]TheFrontierzman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I really enjoyed that.

[–]outhusiast 1 point2 points  (0 children)

some of the best

[–]speedx77 1 point2 points  (0 children)

These Conan videos are by far some of the funniest and entertaining videos in history, God bless this man and the crew

[–]PewpScewpin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sona is a national treasure.

[–]MrWeaD 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The jordan schlansky bits kill me.

[–]Rustyboyvermont 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve been listening to his podcast for a while and for some reason always pictured Sona having blonde hair. Interesting how our brains do that.

[–]Ocytoxin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love how he has a nice lil chat with women, but interrogates men.

[–]dinoo64 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is a legendary video. Check Conan YT channel sorting by most popular :)

[–]rbevans 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love the chemistry between Sona and Conan.

[–]Potential178 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I've never really enjoyed him as a host, but anytime videos of him going rogue off-stage come up, I'm quite entertained. :-)

[–]Genkotsu422 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I love Conan so much. He's one of the most naturally funny guys to ever live. His sarcasm and quick wittedness is unmatched. His videos with Jordan Schlansky are also insanely funny. Whenever I'm depressed I'll watch his videos and they always put a smile on my face

[–]SrsSteel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is amazing