Conan O Brian streaming media interview with the New York Times

An audio conversation with the master comedian . . . I got interested in this because a) Conan O’Brian is funny as hell and b) It’s rare & fascinating to hear him assess his sense of humor and career –

On March 9, 2003, as part of the TimesTalks series, Bill Carter, a media reporter for The New York Times, interviewed Conan O’Brien, the host of NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.”

Clip 1 (Real Player) : “I wanted this show to be a kind of ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse’….We’re not news junkies…Our topical humor usually devolves into absurdity and silliness.”

Clip 2 (Real Player) : Conan O’Brien talks about a low point for the show, when he heard it was going to be canceled. He fought to keep it on the air.

Clip 3 (Real Player) : Conan O’Brien explains how he did not know about the Lampoon when he applied to Harvard, and how it became a big part of his identity as a student.

Clip 4 (Real Player) : “Whoever replaces Letterman is going to be hated and is going to have to go through this spanking machine that’s a thousand miles long. I want nothing to do with that.”

Clip 5 (Real Player) :Conan O’Brien discusses the publicity machine and how he deals with guests who come to his show “on message.”