When it comes to celebrity success stories, one of the most interesting is that of comedian Conan O’Brien. While most people know him from his short stunt on “The Tonight Show,” the truth is that his history in television and in comedy goes back much further than that. Yet what a lot of people don’t realize is that O’Brien had to make his way to the top of the comedy industry, and the odds weren’t always in his favor. Today, while he’s certainly been through a lot in the process, he’s beaten the odds and has his own popular nighttime talk show called “Conan”.
Conan O’Brien was born April 18, 1963 in Brookline, Massachusetts to an Irish Catholic family. His interest in comedy began at a very young age, so it was no surprise to anyone when he later ended up going to Harvard University and becoming a writer for their comedy sketch titled “Not Necessarily the News “. During his studies at Harvard, he was also president of “Harvard Lampoon”.
His entry into the world of television was not easy. It took him years to get involved, despite his best efforts. However, by 1987 he had become a writer for Saturday Night Live. He then wrote for The Simpsons in 1991, where he had moderate success.
However, O’Brien’s real test came in 1993, when the surprise announcement was made that he would succeed David Letterman to host “Late Night” on NBC. Letterman had been highly regarded and respected as the show’s host for many years, so many were sad to see him go. This, along with the fact that most people had never heard of Conan O’Brien before, made it difficult for many to accept him as their new host.
So it wasn’t much of a surprise when O’Brien’s new late-night talk show wasn’t very successful from the start. In fact, its ratings have suffered so badly that television producers have considered taking it off the air on more than one occasion. However, not knowing who to replace him with, they gave him a little more time to prove himself.
After about three years of “Late Night” hosted by O’Brien, the show finally started to gain attention and a more positive outlook. People were starting to embrace O’Brien’s whimsical and demeaning humor, which is now a staple of most of his monologues. He continued to host “Late Night” until 2009, when he was finally offered to replace Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show,” a long-standing dream that O’Brien had since Carson had it. lively.
Again, ratings for O’Brien’s “Tonight Show” weren’t favorable at first and NBC didn’t give him much time to improve. Leno ended up picking up the series several months later, leaving many to think that O’Brien would be definitely out of the game. However, he has since launched a very successful late-night show on the TBS network, and ratings have been high since its inception.