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The 20 best Conan O'Brien late-night bits

Yardbarker Logo By Sean Keane of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 21: Twenty-five years ago, an unknown lanky redhead with a goofy name got the unenviable task of replacing the iconic David Letterman as the host of "Late Night." But after a rough beginning with bad ratings and no job security, Conan O'Brien's show found its feet. The show began to utilize O'Brien's relationship with Andy Richter and bandleader Max Weinberg, and the comedy pieces got strange and wonderful. While NBC bungled Jay Leno's departure and "The Tonight Show" fiasco, O'Brien jumped ship to TBS, leaving many of his beloved characters behind as NBC's intellectual property. But it did prompt a new era with more remotes, more high-concept pieces, plus a whole new blend of characters who belong solely to Team Coco. Let's look back on the top 20 bits in the history of Conan O'Brien.

"Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen."

Twenty-five years ago, an unknown lanky redhead with a goofy name got the unenviable task of replacing the iconic David Letterman as the host of "Late Night." But after a rough beginning with bad ratings and no job security, Conan O'Brien's show found its feet.

The show began to utilize O'Brien's relationship with Andy Richter and bandleader Max Weinberg, and the comedy pieces got strange and wonderful. While NBC bungled Jay Leno's departure and "The Tonight Show" fiasco, O'Brien jumped ship to TBS, leaving many of his beloved characters behind as NBC's intellectual property. But it did prompt a new era with more remotes, more high-concept pieces, plus a whole new blend of characters who belong solely to Team Coco. Let's look back on the top 20 bits in the history of Conan O'Brien.

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