A quarter of a century ago in 1994, several pop culture events truly defined a generation. From the Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding rivalry drama, to Michael Jackson getting hitched to Lisa Marie Presley. It was a crazy year!
But the single most important event of that year was that Conan O’Brien began his run as a late-night television host. Twenty-five years later, he’s still going strong, and we’re celebrating the heck out of it as we lead up to the return of CONAN, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 11 p.m. ET on TBS, going from one hour to thirty minutes. We like to look at it as “Concentrated Conan.”
Team COCO is taking over locations in New York City and Los Angeles with lots of bright orange, Conan-themed building wraps and Instagrammable locations. And if you join Team Coco, there are lots of orange-themed prizes to win over the next few weeks.
To honor Conan’s quarter-century in the late-night biz, we’re sharing 25 fascinating facts about Conan that you may or may not know.
- Conan is 6 feet 4 inches tall. That’s 0.00119949 miles tall.
- Over the last 25 years, Conan has hosted Late Night, The Tonight Show and CONAN, and was also a writer for The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live.
- Speaking of The Simpsons, Conan wrote one of the most famous episodes in the show’s history:
Conan: man, myth, monorail man.
— TBS Network (@TBSNetwork) December 14, 2018
- Tom Hanks began to call Conan “Coco” on his show. Conan wasn’t all that thrilled about it, but the nickname stuck.
- There are 22 Funko Figures of Conan.
- Conan just wrapped an 18-city comedy tour, Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips.
- Conan has a super-cool podcast called Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend. Here’s more about that, as well as his show and tour:
- He has taped 4,062 late-night episodes – that’s 118 days, 11 hours and 24 minutes of constant Conan.
- Team Coco has 707,000 Twitter followers, 1.2 million Instagram followers and 3,967,423 Facebook fans.
- Conan is a mean guitar player and has a true appreciation for classic guitars.
- There’s a total of 2,228 pieces of fan art in Coco MoCa – the Museum of Conan Art.
- Conan has interviewed over 12,000 guests.
- His first episode as a late-night host was on Sept. 13, 1993.
- The New York Times’ review of Conan’s first late-night show titled “O’Brien flops!” was written by Conan O’Brien.
- @Conanobrien follows only a single Twitter account, a random fan. She has gained over 400,000 followers since then.
- John Krasinski, Ellie Kemper and Mindy Kaling were all interns on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
- Amy Poehler got her start playing Andy’s “sister,” Stacy.
- Paul Rudd routinely pranks Conan, and it’s fantastic:
- Conan’s father is a Harvard Medical School professor, and his mother is a partner at a prominent Boston law firm.
- Conan graduated from Harvard, magna cum laude, with majors in history and literature.
- Triumph the Insult Comic Dog debuted in 1997 on Conan’s late-night NBC show.
- Conan became an ordained minister to perform a same-sex marriage between a member of his staff and their partner. The ceremony was broadcast on his show.
- Conan featured an episode of his old show that was created entirely using Claymation.
- O’Brien suffered a concussion during a show in 2009 while running a race with guest Teri Hatcher as part of a skit.
- Conan met his wife Liza while filming a skit at an advertising agency where she was a copywriter.
So, there you have it, 25 amazing facts about a truly inspiring, and very tall, guy with great hair. So be sure to join Team Coco, and tune in for the return of CONAN, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 11 p.m. ET on TBS.