Conan O'Brien began hosting "Late Night" on NBC on Sept. 13, 1993. This week on his current show, "Conan," the host is celebrating his two decades in late night. And on his website, teamcoco.com, he's hosting a deep archive of his best bits from "Late Night," "Conan" and even his ill-fated stint as host of "The Tonight Show."
Considering the hurt feelings that accompanied O'Brien's departure from NBC in 2010, it's a little surprising that he would want to revisit those years, but time, apparently, does heal all wounds. And O'Brien's assembled archive of goodies will exist online only until Nov. 15.
The first guests on O'Brien's program were John Goodman, Drew Barrymore and Tony Randall. Goodman received a gold medal for being the first guest on the show.
Among the beloved bits from O'Brien's past are his trip to Lucasfilm's San Francisco headquarters, the "making of" documentary for the song "Famous Helping People" from 1994, doing a dub session for an anime film and visiting the "world worst" wax museum.
Other bits of O'Brien's history that will be highlighted throughout the week include his different wacky characters, his best guests and his best desk bits.
Each night on the show this week, O'Brien is also playing highlights of his favorite bits from throughout the years. And as is always the case with 20 years of nightly comedy condensed to a six-minute highlight reel, Conan's late-night work seems to be the funniest thing ever put in front of TV cameras.
Not that it isn't usually funny, but in its compiled form, it's stellar.