Conan's Japanese rent-a-family is told to laugh at all his jokes

You may remember that, in Japan, you can rent fake family members to fight loneliness (or for other reasons, like you want your kid to have a "dad"). Well, Conan O'Brien has been filming in Japan and, while in Tokyo, he hired a new wife, daughter, and father. He told them right from the start that they must laugh at his jokes (his real wife is "tired" of them, he says) and they do, even when it's inappropriate. It's funny, as are the other "Conan Without Borders" videos he and his crew shot in Japan. You can watch them all at the Team Coco website. If you love vending machines like I do, don't miss the one labeled "Tokyo."

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Conan & Friends to embark on an 18-city 'stand-up and investment tips' tour

Team Coco has announced that Conan O'Brien is going on an 18-U.S.-city stand-up comedy tour with his "funniest friends."

Info below (links mine):

Tickets Go on Sale Friday, September 28

Featuring Rory Scovel, James Veitch, Marina Franklin, and Flula Borg. Fri, Nov 2 - Washington, D.C. (Warner Theatre) Sat, Nov 3 - Atlantic City (The Music Box) Sun, Nov 4 - Detroit, MI (The Fillmore) Tue, Nov 6 - Boston, MA (Wilbur Theatre) Wed, Nov 7 - Port Chester, NY (Capitol Theatre) Thu, Nov 8 - New York City, NY (Beacon Theatre)

Featuring Ron Funches, James Veitch, Taylor Tomlinson, and Flula Borg. Thu, Nov 15 – Atlanta, GA (The Tabernacle) Fri, Nov 16 - Houston, TX (Revention Center) Sat, Nov 17 - Austin, TX (ACL Moody Theatre) Sun, Nov 18 - Nashville, TN (War Memorial Auditorium) Wed, Nov 28 - Chicago, IL (Chicago Theatre) Thu, Nov 29 - Minneapolis, MN (The Orpheum Theatre) Fri, Nov 30 - Milwaukee, WI (Riverside Theatre)

Featuring Deon Cole, Ron Funches, James Veitch and Flula Borg. Sun, Dec 9 - Los Angeles, CA (The Wiltern)

Featuring Ron Funches, Laurie Kilmartin, Moses Storm, and Flula Borg. Tue, Dec 11- Seattle, WA (Moore Theatre) Wed, Dec 12 - Denver, CO (Paramount Theatre) Fri, Dec 14 - Vancouver, BC (Queen Elizabeth Theatre) Sat, Dec 15 - San Francisco, CA (The Masonic)

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Now online: The entire first episode of 'Late Night With Conan O’Brien'

On this day in 1993, Late Night with Conan O'Brien first aired on NBC. Twenty-five years later, the first episode has been released online in its entirety.

It's quite a time capsule. His first guests were John Goodman, Drew Barrymore, and Tony Randall (with Goodman being the first-first guest -- see photo below).

Something to look forward to: In January 2019, the complete online archive of the show will be made available. In the meantime, take a look at the audition that landed Conan the Late Night spot.

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Conan road trips around Italy acting like a big, dumb American (in the funniest way ever)

Conan O'Brien and his show's associate producer Jordan Schlansky recently traveled to Italy together. According to Conan, Jordan is a "self-proclaimed expert of all things Italian," as he's traveled there before 30 different times.

Their road trip -- in a tiny red vintage Fiat, no less -- began in Florence and ended in Naples, the same route Jordan has driven many times sans his boss.

Now, in case you haven't seen their previous interactions, Jordan is the perfect "uptight straight man" to Conan's over-the-top "funny man" shenanigans. And there are definitely some over-the-top shenanigans on this road trip. For instance, while walking down a street, Conan starts yelling out pasta names as if they were legit greetings to random Italians, "Rigatoni!"

In the next segment, Jordan, not once cracking a smile, strips naked to pose for Conan's drawing class. You get the picture.

I've seen all of the Conan Without Borders (imo, it's the best work Team Coco creates), and I think this particular one is the funniest yet. The entire playlist for it is here and includes behind-the-scenes footage and a Q&A segment. Read the rest

If Santa had a raunchy Netflix comedy special

Hey Santa, 1983 called. Eddie Murphy wants his tight red leather suit back.

This Team Coco bit imagines Santa Claus telling off-color jokes for a stand-up comedy special on Netflix called, "Sack Up! Santa Live!" It's so wrong. Read the rest