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After 25 years at the Late Night desk, Conan realized that the only people at his holiday party are the men and women who work for him. Over the years and despite thousands of interviews, Conan has never made a real and lasting friendship with any of his celebrity guests. So, he started a podcast to do just that. Deeper, unboundedly playful, and free from FCC regulations, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend is a weekly opportunity for Conan to hang out with the people he enjoys most and perhaps fin ...
 
Comedian Michael Ian Black is tackling a great work of literature. Actually, Tackling might be too strong a word. More like “light caressing” plus a lot of complaining. First he read the Thomas Hardy classic, Jude the Obscure.He had help from Jen Kirkman, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Showalter, and even his teenage daughter. Now he's back with a new book to read out loud and comment as he goes. Support this show and access bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack
 
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Judd Apatow recently saw Mike's entire new show in progress, and he's got a lot of feedback. As they break apart Judd's notes, they veer into topics like dark joy vs. light joy, why we exercise, and how many days per week it's appropriate to eat ice cream. Plus, Mike details a serious argument he had with his daughter Oona about dinosaurs. This epi…
 
Filmmaker John Wilson feels very fortunate about being Conan O’Brien’s friend…? John sits down with Conan to talk about the oddest discoveries made producing his show How To with John Wilson, the authenticity of old home videos, and indulging in propaganda-machine reality TV. Plus, Conan trains David Hopping to do the things Sona does, and should d…
 
Actor Daniel Radcliffe feels cautiously optimistic about being Conan O’Brien’s friend. Daniel sits down with Conan to talk about his comedy anthology series Miracle Workers, which role he’d play in the next Fast and Furious, and co-hosting the podcast Cunning Stunts with former Harry Potter stuntman David Holmes. Later, Conan and his team welcome D…
 
Today we re-air one of our all time favorites: Mike’s conversation with comedy prodigy Taylor Tomlinson, a wildly prolific joke writer and star of her own Netflix special “Quarter-life Crisis.” Mike and Taylor are both announcing their live tours. Mike just announced a show in Milwaukee as well as a 3rd show in Denver along with shows in Bellmore, …
 
Michael's personal crisis continues, and the Big Buddy finally gets to the point. For those who enjoy sweeping, inaccurate generalizations, this is the episode for you! More inaccuracies at https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-m…
 
Musical comedy legend "Weird Al" Yankovic feels figuratively tickled pink to be Conan O’Brien’s friend. Weird Al sits down with Conan to talk about the Yankovic that inspired him to pick up the accordion, practicing comedy without punches, and forging his own trademark career in parody songwriting. Later, Conan and his team prepare for the imminent…
 
You can hear the excitement in Mike's voice as he welcomes legendary author Malcolm Gladwell, host of Revisionist History & author of Outliers as well as his latest The Bomber Mafia. Malcolm brings Gladwellian theory to why the re-telling of jokes is never as funny. They riff on evil golf courses, evil search engines, & where that YMCA pool smell m…
 
More topsy-turviness in Michael's world and Big Buddy's. Neither of them have very good plans to deal with the chaos in their worlds. Only one of them plans to burn down Geneva, however. One good plan? Sign up for more content at patreon.com/michaelianblack See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art…
 
Actor Sean Penn feels relieved to be Conan O’Brien’s friend. Sean sits down with Conan to discuss finding a balance between art and advocacy, the modern preoccupation with optics over empathy, and working with CORE to make positive change in the world. Later, Sona and Matt Gourley bring a Conan-centric dating app exchange to life. See Sean Penn in …
 
Mike is joined this week by Academy Award-winning actor Brie Larson whose films range from Captain Marvel to Room as well as Trainwreck, where her character Kim is married to Mike’s character Tom. Mike bounces jokes off of Brie about people on the internet being angry and vocal about Mike and Brie’s characters being a married couple. The result is …
 
Big Buddy is hellbent on revenge and plans to take on the entire g-d world. Use your head, Big Buddy. This isn't going to end well, as Michael learned the hard way. Don't forget to share your reviews! https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do…
 
Comedian Bill Burr feels honored to be Conan O’Brien’s friend. Bill sits down with Conan to talk about the art of roasting, steering into shortcomings with character acting, his fandom for CHiPs and other 70s tv, and dog advice. Plus, Conan gives an update on his beach house situation as he and his team Review the Reviewers. Got a question for Cona…
 
Before they became comedians, Mike and Neal both got their start working the door at different comedy clubs. Now, they sit down for a discussion of what it was like for Neal to co-create Chapelle’s Show, and the best advice that Neal received from Chris Rock on his hit Netflix special, “3 Mics.” Plus, new material about protesting yourself, macaron…
 
Big Buddy and Michael both contemplate taking gambles: Michael with his poker stash, his with his VERY LIFE!!! An exciting tale from both of them. Support what you love! https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
Desus Nice feels like a diversity hire about being Conan O’Brien’s friend; The Kid Mero feels semi-aroused about being Conan O’Brien’s friend. Conan sits down with the hosts of Bodega Boys and Desus & Mero to talk about their new book God-Level Knowledge Darts: Life Lessons from the Bronx, the benefits of sporting their merch, and their beef with J…
 
Mike and Roy teamed up to raise money for comedy club waitstaffs with “Tip Your Waitstaff.” Now they work on jokes about gin vomit, stealing fancy jeans, and why being a Daily Show correspondent could put you in more hot water than having a criminal record. The episode touches on regret, redemption, and lands in an unexpected place when Mike asks R…
 
What does Michael do? Read and comments as he goes. What is he about? Respect for women. We knock Mary Shelley down when things are lousy, we gotta boost her up when things are good. The Big Buddy examines pleasure and pain. More pleasure (less pain) at patreon.com/michaelianblack See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Priva…
 
Actress Kathryn Hahn feels like she’d be lying about being Conan O’Brien’s friend. Kathryn sits down with Conan to talk about hamming it up in grade school theater, bringing iconic eras of TV back to life with Wandavision, and her earliest role as a child actor on Hickory Hideout. Later, Conan ponders how he may have ruined his own name as he and h…
 
Mike is a huge admirer of Sarah Silverman and in this episode Sarah brings jokes, stories, and answers to tough questions like, “Why do so many of our comedian friends die young?” Along the way they discuss “coke lyrics,” Sarah’s priceless memory of Joan Rivers, and a story from when Sarah was a kid that is so insane that you actually have to hear …
 
Actor/director John Krasinski feels effervescent about being Conan O’Brien’s friend. John sits down with Conan to talk about going from an intern at Late Night to a megastar as Jim on The Office, favorite bits out of Boston, and the parallels between his new film A Quiet Place Part II and the tumultuous year of pandemic. Plus, Conan puts his vocal …
 
This episode has it all. Bill’s time at SNL. Bill’s time at South Park. Bill’s work at Pixar. Bill’s impression of Mike and Mike’s impression of Bill. Bill’s collaboration with Mulaney and Bill’s discussion of craft in co-creating and writing and acting on the Emmy award-winning HBO hit “Barry.” It’s got jokes. It’s got stories. It even has a momen…
 
Lots of complaining about jigsaw puzzles and this f'ing book. But also, some SCINTILLATING questions about the nature of our existence. We are all truly blots on this Earth. Get more Obscure at https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-se…
 
President Barack Obama feels ambivalent about being Conan O’Brien’s friend. The 44th President of the United States sits down with Conan to discuss making the decision to enter public service, his lifelong love of writing and latest book A Promised Land, why it’s not as hard as it looks to be funny as the president, and persevering with optimism in…
 
This week Mike welcomes Quinta Brunson, the comedian, actor, and writer who blew up from her “He Got Money” memes and viral videos. She has since pivoted into mainstream success as one of the stars of HBO’s “Black Lady Sketch Show” along with roles in “Big Mouth” and as the author of her new book “She Memes Well.” The two discuss the loss of their …
 
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