• Conan O’Brien is ditching the desk when Conan returns next week; Tom Hanks to be first guest

    Conan O’Brien is bringing an updated, albeit shorter, version of his late night show, Conan, to TBS next week after a three-month hiatus. Team Coco announced the “leaner” half-hour format last year. O’Brien hopes this will allow him more time to focus on creating digital content.

    “I was looking for something more lean and agile,” he told reporters. “I’ve been pushing for something that fits the modern landscape, certainly fits the way I interact with my fans more.”

    The revised show still plans to bring the laughs with a solid slate of stand-up guests including Tig Notaro, Pete Holmes, and Gary Gulman.

    O’Brien will reportedly return with a new, top-secret set. According to an interview in Monday’s New York Times, Conan will ditch the desk altogehter—as well as the suit and tie. That’s not the only change fans will see! In August, Team Coco let go music booker Roey Herskovitz, who’s been with O’Brien for over 20 years, when it was revealed that the new Conan will not include musical guests.

    The perennial late night favorite has kept himself busy while on the extended break. Since November, Team Coco fans have been able to enjoy his new podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend. O’Brien also went on his first stand-up tour in almost a decade—back when he was had The Tonight Show unceremoniously taken away from him. Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips hit 18 cities nationwide. Some in New York City were lucky enough to catch his comedy pop-up event, Team Coco House, during the New York Comedy Festival. If that wasn’t enough, he found time to shoot Conan Without Borders which recently debuted on Netflix.

    Conan returns to TBS with everyone’s favorite guest Tom Hanks on Tuesday, January 22 at 11:00-11:30 p.m. ET. The show will then run Mondays through Thursdays.

    Mary Stevens

    Mary Stevens is a stand-up comedy enthusiast. She is a huge fan of live stand-up comedy and produces a show in her backyard in Hermosa Beach, CA. Her show has featured comics from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime and SNL, as well as up-and-coming comics. She is active on Twitter and Instagram @hermosabchmary.

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