Someone Uploaded A Treasure Trove Of Vintage 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien' Videos To YouTube
The internet's insatiable hunger for '90s nostalgia seems to have delivered gold yet again!
This weekend, The Comedians author Kliph Nesteroff tweeted out a link to a new YouTube playlist stocked with more than 50 full episodes of Late Night with Conan O'Brien from the way-back-when days of the show, which went off the air in 2009. The show started in 1993 and ran for 2,725 episodes.
The epic sauce YouTube playlist in question was uploaded four days ago by some dude named Derek Beaupre who maybe works at a bank in Birmingham, Alabama or maybe does stuff with medical devices in Boston. He also might own an office solutions company in Canada, according to a cursory LinkedIn search. Thank you, Derek, wherever you are!
Here, in one place, are dozens of shows from O’Brien’s halcyon days at NBC, before his relationship with the network turned sour. For anyone who longs for a time when Max Weinberg was still O’Brien’s bandleader or when Robert Smigel’s goofy “Syncro-Vox” sketches were still a staple of the show, this playlist is a godsend... Maybe more than any network talk show before or since, O’Brien’s Late Night was a storehouse of absurdist meta-comedy, lampooning the tropes of the genre. But there’s plenty of conventional, once-topical, now-dated humor here, too, including jokes about Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky.
Here's O'Brien's very first, thoroughly baby-faced episode from 1993:
And in a surreal convergence, this 1999 episode features then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Ryan Phillippe, and Jewel:
And here's one with Bill Murray, Jon Stewart, and Natalie Merchant, because why not?
You can peruse the full playlist here.