Conan has been on hiatus for awhile, touring with friends and starting a podcast; plus having his set redone as well. His show will be changing formats, cutting out the music portion and it’s only going to be half hour. I’m actually looking forward to this format since I feel like Conan is always the best when he’s doing remote things, guest interviews, interacting with the audience, traveling and this way he can focus on his strengths instead of the zany sketch stuff he did before guests came out. I’m sure some of that stuff will still exist on the show though. Late night is changing and Conan realizes this so I can’t wait to see what he comes up with!
The longest-tenured host in late-night will return for his ninth season on TBS and 26th year on television, debuting a new thirty-minute format four nights a week in its regular timeslot starting on January 22, 2019. The revamped late-night show and expanded Team Coco fan experience will define a new era in multi-platform comedy.
“My three-month absence can only mean one thing – radical cosmetic surgery. Tune in January 22nd for a true freak show,” added O’Brien.
The show’s new format will continue to feature celebrity guests and Conan’s signature brand of comedy, which has made him one of the world’s most popular hosts across both digital and linear platforms. Conan continues to evolve the genre by challenging conventions, taking creative risks and discovering and fostering new comedic talent. Team Coco will continue the travel series, CONAN: Without Borders which won an Emmy in 2018.
In the past few months, Conan launched the Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast. It debuted in the top spot on the Apple charts November 19 with guest Will Ferrell and has continued to grow week-over-week with millions of downloads. Concurrently, Team Cocotook to the road with a live tour, Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips, selling out 18 cities including New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. During the tour, Team Coco launched the second iteration of its sold out, multi-day, pop-up comedy club Team Coco House as part of New York Comedy Festival.