Conan O'Brien (born April 18, 1963) is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, and performer who was a writer of Saturday Night Live from 1988 to 1991.

As a writer on SNL, he wrote such recurring sketches as "Mr. Short-Term Memory" and "The Girl Watchers"; the latter was first performed by Tom Hanks and Jon Lovitz. O'Brien also co-wrote the sketch, "Nude Beach", with Robert Smigel, in which the word "penis" was said or sung at least 42 times. O'Brien, like many SNL writers, occasionally appeared as an extra in sketches; his most notable appearance was as a doorman named Sean in which Tom Hanks was inducted into the SNL "Five-Timers Club" on the December 8, 1990 episode during the opening monologue for hosting his fifth episode.

O'Brien left SNL in 1991 to become a writer and producer for the popular Fox animated series The Simpsons. He left The Simpsons in 1993 to return to NBC as host of the 12:35 series Late Night, which had previously featured Jim Downey and would later be hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers. He briefly hosted The Tonight Show from 2009 to 2010, becoming the first person to serve as the permanent host for both NBC programs. He currently hosts his TBS late-night talk show Conan since November 2010.

O'Brien returned to SNL when he hosted the March 10, 2001 episode and also made a cameo on February 4, 2006 where he appeared in the SNL Digital Short.

Bill Hader as Conan O'Brien on the January 16, 2010 episode during the "Larry King Live" sketch.

He was also impersonated by Bill Hader on the January 16, 2010 episode during the "Larry King Live" sketch.

Impressions[edit | edit source]

  • Right Said Fred

SNL Career[edit | edit source]

  • 1988-1991: Writer
  • March 10, 2001: Host
  • February 4, 2006: Filmed cameo
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