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> Description 
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late night television talk show on NBC featuring varied comedic material and celebrity interviews. From the show's inception until May 2000, Andy Richter served as co-host alongside Conan O'Brien. O'Brien is currently the sole host of the show and is scheduled to leave in 2009 to take over The Tonight Show. Various sources have hinted towards comedy writer Robert Smigel as the replacement for Conan's 12:30 ET slot, with NBC possibly trying to repeat the success they had with Conan of ushering in another relatively unknown writer to the Late Night circuit, although nothing has been confirmed.

Late Night has followed The Tonight Show on the NBC network since 1982. The Tonight Show has always had more viewers than Late Night. However, Late Night has always had a stronger hold on the much sought-after 25 to 35 age bracket than The Tonight Show, which tends to attract older viewers.

In September 1993, O'Brien replaced David Letterman, long time host of the Late Night with David Letterman, when Letterman left NBC to host the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. Since Letterman's new program was similar to his NBC show, many sources consider O'Brien's program to be a new and separate entity, although it is technically a continuation of Letterman's Late Night.

Christina Applegate and O'Brien in 1998.O'Brien's comic style was influenced greatly by the absurdist farce of Monty Python and the physical comedy and wild vocalizing of Robin Williams. Like his Late Night predecessor, David Letterman, O'Brien's humor also has a streak of biting sarcasm. O'Brien often playfully chides his audience for underwhelming or overly enthusiastic response to his jokes.

The show's first three years under O'Brien were generally considered mediocre, but by 1996 he had found his comic voice and it quickly returned to the cult status it had enjoyed under Letterman's tenure. During the 10th anniversary show in 2003, Mr. T observed that fact by handing Conan a chain with a large gold "7" on it:

Conan: But Mr. T, we've been on the air for ten years! Mr. T: I know 'dat, foo', but you only been funny for seven!

O'Brien began his stint at Late Night after serving as a writer for The Simpsons.

Conan poking fun at the show's new HDTV format.O'Brien's show also launched the career of Robert Smigel's Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

Drummer Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band fame, leads the "Max Weinberg Seven."

Late Night began broadcasting in 1080i ATSC on April 26, 2005, with a downscaled letterboxed NTSC simulcast. Conan celebrated the conversion to the widescreen HDTV format with jokes throughout the week.

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> Airing History & Information 
Premiere September 13, 1993
Network NBC
Format/Time Color / 60 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
> Cast 
Joel Godard....   Announcer
Max Weinberg....   Bandleader (Drums)
Tommy Blacha....   Gaseous Wiener (1996-1998)
Pierre Bernard....   Himself - Recliner of Rage (2004 -)
Conan O'Brien....   Host
Christopher Bates....   Jeff Goldblum Stalker/Various (1994-1995)
Jim Breuer....   Lips of Ozzy Osbourne (2002)
Aaron Bergeron....   NBC Page with Jim Carrey/Various
Andy Richter....   Sidekick (1993-2000)
Rob Corddry....   Various (1998-2002)

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10th Anniversary Special (Lions Gate)
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