Conan visits the set of local Chicago CBS station WBBM where he trains under two news anchors, Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson. They share a few broadcast secrets with O’Brien, and together they come up with a new sign off gesture.
On the second night of his week-long Chicago show, O’Brien visits Frances Xavier Warde elementary school and sings impromptu blues songs based on the children’s real-life problems. Performing with him is Basic Cable band’s leader Jimmy Vivino.
O’Brien kicks off his show’s week-long run in Chicago by visiting the Irish-American Heritage Center. He takes a tour of the premises, in which he discovers six bars and an Irish gift shop. He also rehearses with a stepdancing class and performs with them on stage.
Hewitt guests on Conan to promote her television show The Client List. She also talks about her massage skills and the practice of vajazzling.
Lots of women do it. Lots of women do it, it’s really caught on, it’s sort of like a sexy, fun little thing. It doesn’t always have to be done for a man, it just can be done for yourself to sort of feel special and cute and whatever.
Nina Dobrev appears on Conan to talk about her show Vampire Diaries. She also teaches O’Brien how to make a sexy vampire face, and demonstrates a yoga move with his help.
Dobrev on making a vampire face:
You have to be vicious and sort of scary, and scare the audience, but then you’re drinking this fake blood, which is actually really disgusting in real life … so you have to sort of look seductive and sexy and yet at the same time scary and mean.
Metta World Peace appears on Conan and chats with him about his NBA suspension, his desire to play President Obama and his current mix tape project.
Metta on his defensive strategy for the President:
He goes left, just Manny Pacquiao, they both go left. He has no right hand, so I will force him right. And as he shoots the ball, I would not elbow him, first of all. And then I would just swat his shot into the fourth row.
O’Brien sits down with the Halo 4 design team at 343 Industries and discusses his voice-over work in the game. He is joined by co-host Andy Richter and together, the play a pair of hangar workers tasked to carry crates. They improvise their voice-over by adding humorous lines to their dialogue.
Carvey appears on Conan and jokes about the making of Wayne’s World 3. Carvey also does a few presidential impersonations and talks about his parenting strategy.
It’s funny when you’re “Captain No” as a parent, your kids come up with plans. And you just have to listen to the plans. And this is what I’m hearing, stuff like, “Uh dad, we’re going to drive to Lake Tahoe tonight, we’re going to leave at one in the morning, and we’re going to drive all night.” I’m going to have to say no.
McGregor guests on Conan to promote his film Salmon Fishing In The Yemen. He also reacts to Louis C.K.’s shout-out in his stand-up special and talks about flying a jet around Scotland with his brother.
I’m just here mainly to tell you that Salmon Fishing In The Yemen is not a documentary film about salmon fishing in the Yemen. However, it is a film about salmon fishing in the Yemen, and once you’ve seen it, you’ll wonder what else it could ever have been called.
Ringo Starr appears on Conan to promote his latest album, Ringo 2012. He also talked about how the Beatles got started on pot and his unconventional drumming rhythm, which was influenced by his natural left-handedness.
I was born left-handed. And my grandmother thought that was not a good sign, and so she turned me right-handed. So I write right-handed, anything else I do left-handed—golf, whatever. So I have a right-handed kit, but I lead with my left. It’s weird because I need time to do a fill.
Beckinsale guests on Conan to promote her film Underworld: Awakening. She also talks about her struggles in fake-driving, her experience co-presenting with Seth Rogen and her family’s dirty humor.
We have a tradition in your family even now, and whenever I visit my mother’s house, I always have to leave a banana and two apples, or whatever fruit she has and just rearrange her fruit bowl. Just so that she thinks of me when I’m gone.
Carano guests on Conan to promote her film Haywire. She also talks about the methods that her director Steven Soderbergh uses to put her in character. She shares her dating preferences and the similarities between MMA fighting and sex.
If you think about it, it’s a very real interaction between two human beings, and it’s like an energy. You have a real energy really, and I have an energy, an energy that nobody else is going to share.
Rossum returns to Conan and talks about her TV show Shameless. She also sings an Italian aria to O’Brien for a hotdog, shares her fondness for redheads, and talks about her mother’s reaction to her role.
My mom’s cool with whatever I do on the show, because she’s an artist, she’s a photographer, she knows that it’s part of the job. So, she understands that it’s artistic and you know, it’s written in the script and it’s not “me” doing it.
O’Brien participates in his show’s Secret Santa for the first time and selects talent coordinator Ashley Olivia. Upon discovering her fondness for Jon Hamm, he arranges for the Mad Men actor to surprise her with a signed portrait of himself on the show.
Baldwin guests on Conan and talks about news that he is running for mayor of New York and the reactions of some New Yorkers to the rumors. He also talks about his 30 Rock co-star Tracy Morgan and does an uncanny impression of him.
He’s a man-child. He’s a man-boy. He’s very sweet and very sensitive. Like, my image of Tracy is always the first season. And he had this tape he had. And he would lay in his room, he would lay on the couch, he’s really tired, he probably had a late night, and he’s waiting for them to bring him to makeup. It’s like 7 o’clock in the morning, and he’s watching old, Kinescope transfers, ancient media of Jackson Five specials from like, the 70s.
Morrissey performs his song, People Are The Same Everywhere on Conan to promote his US and Mexico tours.
Gambino gives a live performance of the song, Heartbeat, on Conan. It is the first single from his debut album, Camp.
To celebrate his show’s first anniversary, O’Brien officiates a Jewish same-sex wedding on the final night of his week-long run in New York City. The grooms are O’Brien’s long-time costume designer Scott Cronick and his partner David Gorshein, who say their vows underneath a chuppah. Bravo talk show host Andy Cohen walks Cronick down the aisle.
Simon performs Love Is Eternal Sacred Light during Conan’s week-long residence in New York City’s Beacon Theatre. The track comes from his latest album, So Beautiful Or So What. O’Brien plays guitar in the performance.
As part of his show’s week-long run in New York City, O’Brien tries his hand at being a Chinese food delivery guy. He goes to a local Chinese take-out place called King Wok and makes two deliveries that never make it to the customers. His adventure includes sipping mate with an Argentine woman, getting shot down by a customer, and having coffee spilled on his leather jacket.
Hawthorne gives a live performance of the song, The Walk on Conan to promote his new album, How Do You Do.
O’Brien investigates a secret ‘foodies’ email list on his show’s staff by setting up a small spread at the conference room and installing close-circuit cameras in it. He catches some of the members of the list, reprimands them, and proceeds to join his staff in eating the food.
Foo Fighters performs the song, Dear Rosemary on Conan to promote their latest album, Wasting Light. They are joined by former Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould on guitar and backup vocals.
O’Brien meets top polo player Nacho Figueras from Veuve Clicquot and undergoes polo training. Figueras rides his own horse, Dante, while the late-night tv show host rides Fat Tina. After several unsuccessful attempts at hitting the ball, O’Brien is able to play the game.
Djokovic talks about his recent Wimbledon championship. He also shares how he’s handling fame in his home country of Serbia, his brief modeling stint and some of the crazy gigs that his agent puts him up to.
It was a commercial that I have done for my racquet brand that’s representing me, and so they called me and they told me it was going to be crazy, something that nobody has ever done before, but I didn’t assume that it was going to be that crazy. So the guy goes, “Well, we have this 1954 plane right here, and you’re going to play some tennis on the wings.”
Tinie Tempah performs his US platinum single, Written In The Stars on Conan to promote his debut album, Disc-Overy. American singer-songwriter Eric Turner plays the piano and does backup vocals.
The Strokes perform Games on Conan to promote their newest album, Angles.
Interpol perform Lights on Conan from their self titled album.
Cole performs Take Me Away on the Conen O’Brien show from the album Calling All Hearts.