You can tell that he loves being a host and that him traveling while hosting has brought a new life to him as a comedian and person.
Conan is the only last night host I watch anymore. Him and Schlansky have amazing chemistry.
> his interactions with regular people are rooted in empathy, and he makes himself the victim by struggling (and invariably failing) to learn local customs. The iteration of O’Brien’s persona that has him being the joke, instead of just delivering a joke, is a style not often seen on mainstream television: clown.
This is why Conan is my favorite host, and the reason I find his travel specials and remotes so important. Conan himself pointed this out during a Q&A for his *Conan in Mexico* special; by letting people laugh at him, he removes that barrier of initial awkwardness between two people from different countries/backgrounds. If I remember correctly he kept using the term "diplomacy through comedy." I think Conan helps viewers see that these people around the world laughing at him for playing soccer like a four year old in Mexico or dancing like a monkey in a coffee shop in Italy are not so humanly different from the people laughing in the US. I get that his show is rooted in just pure silliness, but there's definitely more to it than that and I like that this article points it out.
I stumbled upon this article accidentally and thought that you guys might enjoy it too.
For a while now I had this lingering suspicion that Conan is the best traditional late-night host around and this really put things in perspective. A recommended read.
No lie, I spent 5 hours binging Conan videos last night. He is fucking hilarious
Hi! I'm the writer of this piece. AMA if you're so inclined.
(Edit: I'm in the path of ice storm blackouts here in Toronto, so if I disappear, that's why.)
He just needs to move to Netflix and do a travel show. He really fires on all cylinders when he's outside the studio. The Cuba show was fantastic.
Hands down the best late night show host. A comedic genius
"...and makes liberal use of a fart machine during what’s supposed to be a peaceful drive through Tuscany.". That was a shtick not even Jordan could keep a straight face over.