List of Conan sketches
The following is a list of recurring sketches and characters which debuted on Conan on TBS. Conan is a talk/variety show starring Conan O'Brien and sidekick Andy Richter. Writers Deon Cole, Brian Stack, Andres du Bouchet, Dan Cronin, and members of The Basic Cable Band (especially Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg), as well as propmaster Bill Tull, often appear in sketches as well. Some sketches feature celebrity cameos.
- 1 Characters
- 2 Recurring segments
- 2.1 Alex Trebek Has Gone Insane
- 2.2 Andy's news stories
- 2.3 Andy Richter's Sports Blast
- 2.4 Audience Craigslist ads
- 2.5 Bill Tull's Budget Holiday Tips
- 2.6 Basic Cable Name That Tune
- 2.7 Boomers With Too Much Time On Their Hands
- 2.8 Buzzfeed is running out of lists
- 2.9 Celebrity Income Breakdown
- 2.10 Fan Corrections
- 2.11 Newscasters Agree
- 2.12 Citizenship test
- 2.13 Clueless Gamer
- 2.14 Coffee Table Books That Didn't Sell
- 2.15 Comedy for DVRs
- 2.16 Conan's Peanut Players
- 2.17 Conan's Video Blog
- 2.18 Deon Cole Breaks Down the News
- 2.19 Director's Cuts
- 2.20 Facebook photos
- 2.21 If They Melded
- 2.22 Local News Round-Up
- 2.23 Memba This?
- 2.24 Movie Casting
- 2.25 New TBS shows
- 2.26 Next on Conan
- 2.27 Obama/Trump phone calls
- 2.28 Oscar moments
- 2.29 Oscar Winner F-Bomb Hall of Fame
- 2.30 Puppy Conan
- 2.31 Racial Perspective
- 2.32 Things That Have Never Ever Been Said
- 2.33 What Am I Watching?
- 2.34 Why China Is Kicking Our Ass
- 2.35 Why Would You Tweet That?
- 3 Celebrity cameos
- 3.1 Chris Parnell explains a joke
- 3.2 Jon Cryer is a troll
- 3.3 Larry King's new show
- 3.4 Theme song lyrics
- 3.5 Nick Offerman from Parks and Recreation Reads Tweets from Young Female Celebrities
- 3.6 Super Dave's lawsuit
- 3.7 Conan and a fan meet Simon Baker
- 3.8 Jersey Shore Audition Tapes
- 3.9 The Return of Max Weinberg
- 4 Returning sketches
- 5 Running gags
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Punxsutawney Dr. Phil
A hybrid of Dr. Phil McGraw and Punxsutawney Phil, this puppet talk show host groundhog first appeared after Groundhog Day in 2014. After dispensing nonsensical relationship advice, Phil then accuses Conan of various false issues, such as prostitution, alcoholism, and cocaine addiction, using cut-together voice clips from the actual Dr. Phil Show. Conan is stunned by the accusation but Andy confirms it. Conan then asks what will happen if he refuses to go into therapy, and Phil responds "I will kill you." and brandishing a switchblade knife. Conan then ends saying to catch the Punxsutawney Dr. Phil Show weekdays at four.
The Flaming C
Conan and Bruce Timm created The Flaming C, a character based on Conan's appearance and jokingly referred to it as DC Comics' next superhero. The character has a comical appearance due to wearing things not associated with superheroes, such as a steaming ovenmit, a jai alai glove, ski goggles, a Star of David patch, socks with garters, fishnet stockings and loafers. Faux videos have been made where the character appears on the show Young Justice. Conan also played a faux trailer for an animated feature film about the character. The character also had a dedicated segment at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International. Conan later brought in a lifesize Lego statue of the character made by a viewer. On Conan's Clueless Gamer segment, he played as the Flaming C in Injustice: Gods Among Us. After the 2015 Comic-Con, it was turned into a weekly series on the show.
The New York City Heckler
A man (Eddie Pepitone) stands up and angrily yells at Conan in response to jokes in the monologue. He always dies of a heart attack at the end of the skit.
Basketball Mascots That Should Never Dunk
Conan mentions his favorite part of basketball is the dunking mascots at halftime. He then introduces us to some weird mascots who should never compete in a slam dunk contest. As he lists them, a guy dressed as that mascot attempts to dunk the ball, usually resulting in failure. Some of these mascots include: The Solar System, Cop at a urinal, Congressman Anthony Weiner's underpants, and the Human Starfish. As of November 17, 2011, only 3 mascots have completed this feat successfully.
Minty, the Candy Cane That Briefly Fell on the Ground
Timed for the Christmas season, Minty is a giant candy cane (originally played by Brian McCann, and replaced by Deon Cole after McCann left the show; the lyrics to his theme song changed after Cole replaced McCann.) who walks through the crowd throwing mini candy canes to the audience members as a 1940s crooner-style jingle plays in the background. According to the jingle, he fell on the ground for "just a moment or two", which was enough for him to be covered in "excrement". Actually, his costume is covered in the typical kind of garbage that might be found on a dirty floor, such as dead bugs, hair, a penny and a cigarette butt. One loyal fan created a video game based on the character, which was posted to the show's website.
TBS founder Ted Turner, played by Will Forte, appears on a stuffed buffalo named Teddy Jr. to harshly criticize Conan and his audience and claiming the show will ruin the reputation of TBS. Conan eventually brought out his own buffalo and challenged Turner to a duel but the buffaloes instead began mating, with Teddy Jr. being the "receiver".
Wikibear is a talking teddy bear (voice by Brian Stack) that is meant to answer any question by connecting to Wikipedia via a Blue tooth connection. After correctly doing so, it will talk about topics that are extremely inappropriate for children, i.e. terminal diseases, famine, natural disasters, cannibalism, mass violence, serial killers, war battles, deadly animals, and death. Conan always points out these facts, and says a software overhaul should fix the problems, but Wikibear proves that claim to be false by continuing to do so.
Wikibear's incorrect claim that Al Capone died of syphilis was challenged by a viewer on a Fan Corrections segment, who stated he actually died of cardiac arrest. Conan supported Wikibear's statement with fake archived video of Capone's private physician affirming the false cause of death.
Old Japanese Guy
When Conan mentions an actor has been picked for a new superhero role or an athlete has signed with a new team, an elderly Japanese man with poor English in the audience tries to tell Conan why he would have been better for the job, usually wearing an outfit to match.
At the show's visit to 2016 Comic Con in San Diego, Conan introduced Comic Khan (Andres du Bouchet), the Star Trek villain, now a stand up comedian, whose jokes are all insults directed towards Captain Kirk.
Alex Trebek Has Gone Insane
Conan shows clips of Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek reading nonsensical clues of which contestants cannot answer, all the while questioning the long-time host's mental state. The clips are actually spliced from several different clues to form one bizarre giant clue. Trebek later appeared in a cameo and did the same to Conan, and left by saying a bizarre statement in person.
Andy's news stories
Andy previews some fake news stories he's working on for the next week complete with fake previews or stock footage, all of which are ridiculous.
Andy Richter's Sports Blast
Andy hosts what seems like a traditional sports show, but instead gives off the impression that he has no clue about sports and is very ill prepared. Examples of this would be when he goes over the week's NFL games and picks the winners based on a real life matchup, (Redskins vs. Cowboys, he picks the Cowboys because he's seen enough western movies to know how it turns out.) and the Clip of the Week in which he shows a clip that has nothing to do with sports. He also takes questions from viewers who criticize his ignorance, and answers them with only "Good question, [viewer's name]." Richter is also very repetitive in this sketch, as in this introduction: "Welcome to Andy Richter's Sports Blast. I'm Andy Richter, and this is Sports Blast!"
Audience Craigslist ads
Conan shows audience members along with bizarre (fake) craiglist ads they have posted, in the categories man seeking woman/woman seeking man/missed connections, job offers/seeking work and for sale/wanted to buy. The ads are usually embarrassing or perverted.
Bill Tull's Budget Holiday Tips
Propmaster Bill Tull gives examples of how to make holiday decorations and gifts out of things found around the house. Tips are always the form of "Take a..., add a..., BOOM!..." Example: "Take a piece of red tape, tape it to a pine cone; BOOM!, Christmas ornament." Between tips, Conan often makes faces of displeasure that more tips are coming, before indicating that another will come.
Basic Cable Name That Tune
Conan plays Name That Tune with the audience, except that the songs are re-written as sound-alikes with alternate lyrics so the show would not have to pay royalties and avoid being sued for copyright infringement, and the contestants have to guess what the original song was. The songs are sung by homeless lounge singer Brian LaFontaine (Brian Stack), whom Conan frequently expresses his contempt for.
Boomers With Too Much Time On Their Hands
Conan mentions that 10,000 baby boomers retire a day, and shows actual YouTube videos of how some who recently have are spending all of their free time now, which involve them doing things much younger people would do, including gymnastics, trying new dance moves, and racing go-carts in the street.
Buzzfeed is running out of lists
Conan talks about the site BuzzFeed, best known for its unusual lists. Conan claims that the site is running out of ideas for lists and he even tries to prove this thesis by showing bizarre lists that are supposedly on BuzzFeed; the lists that Conan shows are non-existent.
Celebrity Income Breakdown
Conan shows pie charts of how celebrities earn their money, first with real sources then fake ones that insult the subjects.
Conan shows videos from viewers who believe they've caught a factual mistake made on the show. However, Conan will claim they don't make mistakes, and so far, they've had "hundreds of challengers, not one winner". Conan will then make up a ridiculous story to explain the error and back it up with fake or doctored footage, or fake experts played by the show's writers, all while berating the accuser. When the sketch is over he challenges viewers to "see if they have what it takes to make chump meat out of the maestro".
"Newscasters Agree" (also known or referred to as "Media Reacts") is a segment in which Conan presents to the audience a montage of dozens of local news anchors presenting "their own fresh take" on stories in the news. The stories the anchors present are usually in the scope of human interest or entertainment stories, with the lead headline presented by the anchors in near-precise, word-for-word unison. The uniformity has been revealed as coming from stations' use of pre-packaged "affiliate service" content from providers such as the Associated Press, CNN's Newsource, or CBS Newspath; the stations' news teams usually employ a "rip and read" approach to the services' content, presenting it to viewers with little or no deviation from the suggested draft script from the service. The rapid-fire repetitiveness, along with the anchors' efforts to sell the stories to their viewers, generates the humor in the segment; some prime examples have included:
"Twinkie Trouble!" in regards to the bankruptcy of Hostess Brands
"Is it time for dogs to have a social network of their own?" about the website matchpuppy.com,
"Mike Myers says 'Yeah, Baby!'" about the actor who played Austin Powers becoming an expectant father
"Don't worry, be happy," a story on how positive attitudes lead to healthy lifestyles (with a few references to the Bobby McFerrin song of the same name).
Conan states he believes all Americans should pass the U.S. citizenship test before they are allowed to vote, then takes the test himself. His version begins with serious American history questions like the actual test (which Conan answers thoroughly and correctly), then devolves into popular culture and sexual questions. One example of this is:
Andy: "When is it not appropriate to say the phrase 'That's what she said?"
Andy: "Conan, I'm surprised you're answering these correctly. They're really hard!"
Conan: "Heh-heh! That's what she said
There is a recurring theme among the last two questions in each sketch: the next-to-last question involves Conan giving a detailed explanation of a somewhat-obscure American history topic, while the last question references a pop culture or sex question asked earlier in the sketch.
Conan, with little to no gaming experience or interest, tries out new video game releases while bantering back and forth with content producer and avid gamer Aaron Bleyaert and a celebrity guest. Initially launched as a web-only franchise, Clueless Gamer grew to become one of the most popular segments on the regular show. Most of the segments have featured new games on current systems, though one segment had Conan and Aaron playing classic Atari 2600 games, including E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, widely considered the worst video game of all time. a full series based on Clueless Gamer is currently in development for TBS with Conan executive producing but not hosting the series.
|Michael Phelps: Push The Limit||n/a|
|Kinect Star Wars||n/a|
|Minecraft||July 24, 2012|
|Skyrim||August 2, 2012|
|Resident Evil 6||September 13, 2012|
|Just Dance 4||September 26, 2012|
|Hitman: Absolution||November 14, 2012|
|Halo 4||February 6, 2013|
|Tomb Raider||February 25, 2013|
|Injustice: Gods Among Us||June 12, 2013|
|Throwback Edition: Atari 2600||August 8, 2013|
|Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist||August 19, 2013|
|Grand Theft Auto V||September 19, 2013|
|PC Horror Game Edition||October 24, 2013|
|WWE 2K14||March 6, 2014|
|AT&T Stadium Edition||April 9, 2014|
|Watch Dogs||May 22, 2014|
|Super Smash Bros. for Wii U||June 13, 2014|
|Conan Visits E3 2014||June 19, 2014|
|Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare||November 3, 2014|
|Assassin's Creed: Unity||November 10, 2014|
|Mortal Kombat X||January 29, 2015|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||May 5, 2015|
|Halo 5: Guardians||June 15, 2015|
|Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5||September 23, 2015|
|Fallout 4||November 10, 2015|
|Doom||February 4, 2016|
|Far Cry Primal||February 23, 2016|
|UFC 2||March 10, 2016|
|Mario Kart 8||April 28, 2016|
|Overwatch||May 23, 2016|
|Gears of War 4||October 6, 2016|
|Final Fantasy XV ||November 14, 2016|
|Battlefield 1 ||December 8, 2016|
Coffee Table Books That Didn't Sell
Conan reviews coffee table books that didn't sell, such as "Movie Stars With Their Eyes Pushed Closer Together" or "Dirty Crop Circles" (the back of which was so dirty it had to be censored). In late January 2016, Conan presented a variation titled "Calendars That Didn't Sell".
Comedy for DVRs
Conan explains how a lot of his viewers record his show with their DVR, and does a skit which requires viewers to pause and un-pause their DVRs rapidly to watch it properly: a long list of text which scrolls by in a few seconds. So far the list titles have been "New Game of Thrones Characters", and "Nicolas Cage's Next 400 Films".
Conan's Peanut Players
Conan mentions a recent celebrity or other unusual newsworthy incident, but says there's no actual footage of it. Instead, he shows a reenactment of it using shelled peanuts and toys.
Conan's Video Blog
Conan announces he is going to share his thoughts via a blog to appeal to his broadening online following and gain teen and pre-teen viewers. The screen then cuts to a simulation of a webcam with Conan in front of a wall in what looks like a typical teenager's room. Conan puts a webcam near his face and speaks in a nervous, monotonous voice. Much of the segment is devoted to Conan saying things that are stereotypically said in teenagers' YouTube videos, such as reviews of movies and TV shows, strange snack ideas he invented and funny photo-shopped pictures he created. All of his segments are introduced using a computer generated voice. Andy sometimes joins Conan as well.
Deon Cole Breaks Down the News
Conan tells about a controversial topic in the news while Deon Cole rolls by on a small desk asking yes or no questions about it to quell the controversy, and ends with "Well then they should shut the fuck up!".
Conan will show rare, never-before-seen director's cuts of clips from classic Warner Brothers movies, which always end with the main character being murdered.
If They Melded
In an updated version of the classic Late Night sketch If They Mated, two videos of celebrities are merged, usually the face of one onto another while the second talks (i.e. Nicki Minaj's face and voice on President Obama's head and torso).
Local News Round-Up
Conan explains that since the show airs during local newscasts, they decided to make one of their own, with stories and items stereotypically found in them (a fire on the bad part of town, a city council meeting, a short weather forecast, the local sports team won, and a lighthearted animal video at the end). Other sketches have featured Ritcher as an investigative reporter or as a weatherman (reporting on a flurry of snow on LaBamba).
Andy reveals his new bit, which involves him saying "Memba This?" repeatedly at pictures of fads and personalities in the news from years past. When Conan replies that this is not really a bit, Andy responds with more pictures of personalities, only this time saying "Memba Him?", "Memba Her" and "Memba Them?" Fed up, Conan tries the bit himself, only the pictures he is given are disturbing, causing him to recoil in disgust. Andy makes it better by saying "Memba This" and showing pictures of Conan recoiling at his "Memba This" pictures.
Conan mentions that a certain actor has been given a certain movie role in a superhero or fantasy movie sequel, an audience member dressed in the character's costume asks if he's sure. When Conan assures them that the part has been cast, the costumed-audience member leaves disappointed. So far, the roles included Gandalf and an African American Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit), Superman (Man of Steel) and a man dressed as Catwoman (The Dark Knight Rises).
New TBS shows
Conan explains TBS' asked his staff to help develop original shows for the network, and runs of a clip from one. They are often simply parodies of other current shows.
Next on Conan
Obama/Trump phone calls
During Donald Trump's presidential transition, Conan aired (fake) audio from phone calls between Trump and President Barack Obama, in which Trump asks Obama for advice, or just to chat. The calls are meant to make Obama seem intelligent and knowledgeable and Trump to appear foolish and unprepared for the presidency.
Conan, Andy and Pierre (poorly) reenact scenes from films nominated for Best Picture at the 83rd Academy Awards. They performed clips from 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Social Network, and Inception. In 2012 movies that were featured were The Artist, War Horse and The Help.
In another set of skits, Conan mentioned that War Horse was nominated for Best Original Score, but he claimed the music doesn't make any sense. He then showed a dramatic scene from it, with the music replaced by an upbeat disco song.
Oscar Winner F-Bomb Hall of Fame
This list includes all Academy Awards winners who have appeared on the show and say the word "Fuck" during the interview. After the celebrity is inducted, Andy Richter reveals a bust statue that does not resemble the celebrity at all, with Andy claiming the best sculptors were unavailable so they had to make it themselves. So far there are three members of this Hall of Fame:
A potential fourth member, Natalie Portman (who was at the time in the running for an Oscar at the 83rd Academy Awards), did say the word "fuck" during her interview. Conan stated during her interview that he would add her to the hall if she won later (which she now has), but it has not happened yet.
As a parody of Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl, Conan brings in a group of Labrador Retriever puppies dressed as himself, Andy, LaBamba and celebrity guests such as Flava Flav and Lady Gaga, all within a miniature replica of the show's main set. Conan promised he would do an entire show with a miniature set with extremely tall guests like Shaquille O'Neal, which he fulfilled a few weeks later.
After Conan mentions a story about something in the news that's controversial because of suspected racism, writer Deon Cole appears and gives a brief commentary, which is usually only a few words. For example, a class action lawsuit by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against SeaWorld which alleges the theme park treats its whales like African slaves in the United States prior to the American Civil War, to which Cole's comment was "Are you shitting me?!" Deon will often have one of the show's white writers read his commentary instead, to avoid reinforcing the "angry black man" stereotype.
Things That Have Never Ever Been Said
Conan and Andy take turns reading phrases that they claim have never been texted or tweeted ever before in the history of mankind. Examples include "I'm sorry I can't take a lunch break right now, we are totally swamped here at Radio Shack."
What Am I Watching?
Conan mentions there's too many TV shows on the air to keep up with and how he uses the info button for more details, and then sees fake electronic program guides, which insult the characters or the audience.
Why China Is Kicking Our Ass
Conan points out reasons for why "China is kicking our ass" such as better educated students and lower rates of unemployment. He then shows videos of people doing stupid things to injure themselves on purpose, or celebrities embarrassing themselves on television. Ironically, the Chinese text that appears on screen reads 瓷为什么踢我们的屁股 (Why Porcelain Is Kicking Our Ass) instead of 为什么中国在踢我们的屁股. The mistake was noticed by several viewers who spoke Chinese during a Fan Corrections segment, with Conan claiming they were all wrong, and showed a speech of Mao Se Tung after the Chinese Civil War (with mistranslated subtitles), declaring China's new name as the "People's Republic of Porcelain."
- Drew Beaumier auditions for American Idol as a Transformers robot.
- Gary Busey Vs. Meat Loaf on Celebrity Apprentice.
- A man attempts to break a bottle on his friend's head, but it doesn't shatter and instead nearly knocks him out.
- A man falls face-first from a set of bleachers onto a folding chair and hits his head.
- A pickup truck attempts to go up a ramp and over a man holding a large ball but fails and runs the man over.
- A man jumps off a roof, lands on a metal fence, and injures his testicles.
- A man sings and whistles a cheesy original song while his friends dance poorly behind him.
- A drunken man falls off the back of a slow moving car.
- A man holds several fire crackers in his mouth, lights them and burns his lips.
- A man kicks a soccer ball into his friend's crotch.
- Sam B's performance on America's Got Talent.
- A video of a guy who strapped a leaf blower to himself and spins around on an office chair.
- A woman twerks in the seat of a moving car and falls out of the open door.
Why Would You Tweet That?
Conan reads some funny (fake) celebrity tweets that make fun of the celebrities.
Sometimes on the show, celebrities make brief surprise cameos in skits.
Chris Parnell explains a joke
Conan mentions that the number of biracial babies is on the rise in the United States. Conan then brings out Deon Cole to comment, and all he said was "You're welcome America." Conan then said he didn't understand the joke. Chris Parnell then appeared and explained that Deon is so irresistible to fertile young women and his sperm is so potent, he's fathered thousands of biracial children.
He later returned to explain how Deon is able to take undistorted pictures of his enormous penis with the iPhone 5's panoramic camera. He also explained that Deon's claim reinforces the stereotype that all black men have larger than average sized penises.
Jon Cryer is a troll
In response to Two and a Half Men co-star Charlie Sheen's comment that he was a troll, Cryer appeared in a cameo and confessed that he was indeed born a troll doll, and that other celebrities such as Helen Mirren were also once trolls.
Larry King's new show
Conan announced that Larry King is hosting a new show in the rafters of his own studio. King appeared in a cameo and began taking calls from viewers, similar to the format of Larry King Live. Andy Richter was always the show's celebrity guest.
Theme song lyrics
Conan mentions his theme song now has lyrics and "Weird Al" Yankovic appeared and performed it. The first half was normal, describing the show in general, but then turned dark, describing the time Yankovic and Conan went camping and Conan killed someone and swore Al to secrecy (which he had just broke by announcing it on national television, and feared Conan would kill him too).
Nick Offerman from Parks and Recreation Reads Tweets from Young Female Celebrities
Actor and woodworking enthusiast Nick Offerman reads actual tweets from young (18–30 years old) female celebrities, such as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Miranda Cosgrove, while building furniture. They are often short and nonsensical, but read in a serious manner.
Super Dave's lawsuit
Super Dave Osborne appeared and explained he sued a plastic surgeon for a botched lip enhancement procedure. He explained the judge would award him $10,000,000 if he would go on a talk show, tell three dirty jokes, and prove the people weren't laughing at them, but at his ridiculous lips. After doing so, Conan claims he won the case.
Conan and a fan meet Simon Baker
Conan mentions The Mentalist is shot on the same lot as his show, and offers a fan of it accompany him to meet its star Simon Baker. After finding him reading a magazine behind the show's studio, Baker ran off as fast as he could.
Jersey Shore Audition Tapes
Conan mentioned Jersey Shore is looking for new male cast members. He then showed audition tapes featuring Jack McBrayer, DJ Qualls, Jesse Eisenberg, and John Lithgow. Actual Jersey Shore cast member Mike Sorrentino also briefly appeared, however the casting director quickly yelled "NEXT!"
The Return of Max Weinberg
On October 28, 2014, Conan noticed that their house band's drummer James Wormworth had wondered off and fallen into an abandoned mine shaft. Conan then asked if anyone in the audience can play the drums, and Max Weinberg, leader of the band of the show's original incarnation Late Night, answered and ran onstage to drum for the remainder of the episode.
Mike Merritt's Inner Thoughts
As Conan responds to a news article about race and civil rights, the camera cuts to bassist Mike Merritt making comments, via voice over, about how Conan knows nothing about African Americans and cracks a joke about Conan's race.
The skit was later changed when Conan came out in support of gay marriage, with the thoughts coming from three of the show's gay staffers. They were able to communicate with each other telepathically, and claimed all gay people have the ability to do so but don't tell straight people about it.
TV Movie Casting
A fictitious new made-for-TV movie is announced, based on a real-life event Conan has mentioned. Conan then says he has the inside scoop on the movie's casting. Viewers are shown two photos side-by-side of a person or thing who will be portrayed in the movie and the person that will be playing the role. The casting first starts off with people who strikingly resemble the person they are playing but then goes off to extremes with, usually, objects or fictitious characters bearing some resemblance to the person they are playing. The humor is in how similar the two photos are despite how vastly different the two people/things pictured are or vice versa, with Conan often commenting on how great the casting is.
The Audiencey Awards
Conan awards members of the studio audience for various talents. Typically this will always include "best celebrity impression" to highlight lookalikes (as in movie casting), and then a variety of other awards which are achieved with props and superimposed images. For example, the winner of "Best Foreign Language Audience Member" was shown with a large superimposed mustache and sombrero, and the "Audience Member Who Smells the Most Like Fresh Salmon" was attacked by a man in a bear costume. Awards show intermission segments (a fashion critic, red carpet interviews, how the award is built, etc.) are also parodied.
Someone is thrown off the studio's roof by security
Conan has demonstrated zero tolerance for obnoxious audience members, Andy's antics, and even a mascot for Anthony Weiner's penis. There have been five or more instances where Conan has motioned for security to take away an offending character. They drag the person to the top of the studio's roof and then throw them onto the hard concrete lot below.
During the show's visit to Atlanta in April 2013, a mannequin of Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman (the victor of the Battle of Atlanta) was thrown off the roof of TBS' headquarters. When he didn't die, they deep fried his head in waffle batter and shot him out of the city from a giant cannon.
When the show was in San Diego for Comic Con in 2016, the security guards threw Captain Make America Great Again (a hybrid of Captain America and Donald Trump) out of a top floor window of the Spreckels Theater Building.
Conan conducts a satellite interview with a celebrity, in reality a member of the show's staff whose mouth is superimposed over the celebrity's photo (a technique known as Synchro-Vox best known for its use in the cartoon series Clutch Cargo). Celebrities impersonated on Conan include Donald Trump and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who promotes his "smash hit holiday classic" Jingle All the Way as he had frequently done on Late Night.
In this sketch, Conan has supposedly sent out questionnaires to celebrities and he reads their replies. Conan reads a question and then recites the answer that each of three celebrities gave. The answers of the first two celebrities are ordinary "straight" answers. The third is the gag answer and often relates to something unseemly about the celebrity. For example, to the question: "I like to think of my viewers as people who..." Brian Williams wrote "want to be informed." Meredith Vieira wrote "want to be my friend." Tony Danza wrote "have broken both arms and can't change the channel;" A running joke has the survey frequently including a question which is answered by O.J. Simpson somehow referring to committing murder. To the question: "My favorite time of day is..." Evangeline Lilly wrote: "Dawn." Matt Lauer wrote "Twilight". O. J. Simpson wrote: "Murder O'Clock." A reply where Paris Hilton is the final respondent to a question has been used in every segment for at least the last four years, usually about her promiscuous dating habits. O'Brien and bandleader Max Weinberg have been used as well, with answers that perceive O'Brien as a loser and Max as a pervert. Another running gag has Larry King, Chris Christie and Barack Obama answering, usually poking fun at King's elderly age (even going as far as to him making responses such that he created the universe or something similar), Christie's weight and Obama repeatedly mentioning that he ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden. Actress Lindsay Lohan and her drunken car crashes, Gary Busey's bizarre statements, Nicolas Cage's poor film role choices, and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler's similarity to a middle aged woman have also been portrayed in the sketch repeatedly.
- Contrary to reality, Conan often mentions TBS doesn't have the money for expensive writers, sets, props, skits, licensing fees, etc., equating it with a low-budget local public access cable channel.
- When a website address is displayed, instead of showing a "/", a picture of guitarist Slash is shown.
- Whenever Conan makes an Anti-American remark (such as its obesity problem, recession, obsession with celebrities, reality shows, social networking, etc.), he'll make the crowd do the "USA chant".
- If a man sitting in the front row wears a hat, Conan will try it on after being introduced at the beginning of the show.
- Conan has also began offering front row audience members to touch his nipples at the start of the show. Conan later showed a commercial for a fake lawyer who represents people who Conan has traumatized from doing so.
- Conan often likes to compare Thursday's audiences with Wednesday's, usually claiming one was horrible while the other is great (shows for both days are filmed with the same audience on Wednesdays).
- Another running gag is that Conan and Andy are secretly gay lovers (despite being married to women).
- Watch "Conan: The Flaming C" [Young Justice New York Magazine
- Conan O'Brien's The Flaming C Meets Superboy Comics Alliance February 11, 2011
- Minty The Candy Cane - THE GAME Team Coco December 22, 2010
- Conan Berated By Will Forte As Ted Turner The Huffington Post November 11, 2011
- "A local TV trend: And now, the identical news," from Washington Post, 11/27/2012
- "Yeah baby, yeah baby, yeah baby," from On the Media (NPR/WNYC), 10/25/2013
- "Newscasters Agree: Hostess Twinkies Are In Trouble!" from TeamCoco.com, 11/19/2012
- "Is It Time For Dogs To Have A Social Network Of Their Own?" video from the Team Coco page on YouTube, posted 5/9/2012
- "Media Reacts: Yeah, Baby edition," video from the Team Coco page on YouTube, posted 10/18/2013
- "Newscasters Agree: Don't Worry, Be Happy," from TeamCoco.com, 1/29/2014
- Oscar Winner F Bomb Hall of Fame Team Coco January 1, 2011