“The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.” — Conan O’Brien
Happy Birthday, Conan O’Brien! He’s the funnyman and television host who turns 56 today. Conan has been an everlasting presence in American comedy and pop culture for nearly three decades now, from prominent staff writing positions on hit shows like “The Simpsons” and “Saturday Night Live” to hosting several iterations of the classic talk-show format. After Johnny Carson’s retirement from hosting “The Tonight Show” in 1992, Jay Leno inherited the late-night TV throne over loyal NBC stalwart David Letterman, host of “Late Night” — the show airing at 12:30am after “The Tonight Show”. Letterman promptly moved over to CBS, leading to countless comedians auditioning for his old post. To the dismay of many, the relatively unknown Conan got the job, and he quickly proved the skeptics wrong, creating classic skits that still receive millions of views on social media decades later. Conan may have switched networks and formats a few times since his late-night debut in 1993, but #TeamCoco has followed him every step of the way.