A number of them came from actors and comedians who grew up idolizing the Conan host, only to become guests on his shows. “As a kid, I loved staying up late to watch Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and I always dreamed of getting to be on the show,” wrote comedian and actor Lauren Lapkus on Instagram. “So cool to have a dream like that come true…It’s the end of an era!”
Actor Josh Gad expressed a similar level of admiration. “There are few with guaranteed spots in the Comedy Hall of Fame, but @ConanOBrien is one of those folks who has reigned supreme in every single comedic endeavor he has set out to achieve,” the actor tweeted. “As his hosting path comes to an end, I am certain the best is yet to come. Lots of love!”
Actor and comedian Bob Saget praised O’Brien not only for his achievements in comedy, but also for who he is, as a human being.”Conan O’Brien is always so funny, so kind, and so beyond brilliant to share time with,” he tweeted. “Maybe that’s because he’s so funny, so kind, and so brilliant. And he’s just getting started!”
Of course, the host’s peers in late-night were also among those chiming in. Late Night with Seth Meyers producer Mike Shoemaker recalled his time working on SNL, back when O’Brien was writing for the late-night sketch show. “When Lorne [Michaels] said he was going to give Late Night to Conan, every one of us said “Great. He’s the funniest person I know,” he tweeted. “Congrats to all my friends at @TeamCoco on an incredible run.”
Then, there was O’Brien’s fourth cousin, actor, producer and stand-up comic Denis Leary. “@ConanOBrien always makes me laugh. Apparently even louder when he has facial hair,” Leary tweeted. “His “final” show is tonight. Then he reinvents himself again on @hbomax.”
Conan premiered on November 8, 2010 and ran for 11 seasons. While its host joked on one of his final episodes that he is going to have “a lot of free time” on his hands for a while, he won’t be away from the industry for too long. Up next for O’Brien is a weekly variety show he is developing for HBO Max, as part of his new deal with WarnerMedia.
We’ll update this story with more reactions to the end of Conan as they come in.
There are few with guaranteed spots in the Comedy Hall of Fame, but @ConanOBrien is one of those folks who has reigned supreme in every single comedic endeavor he has set out to achieve. As his hosting path comes to an end, I am certain the best is yet to come. Lots of love! pic.twitter.com/eKxCzfZ5Yf
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 24, 2021
Huge congrats to @ConanOBrien @TeamCoco !! Conan O’Brien is always so funny, so kind, and so beyond brilliant to share time with. Maybe that’s because he’s so funny, so kind, and so brilliant. And he’s just getting started! pic.twitter.com/1qBCjD361m
— bob saget (@bobsaget) June 24, 2021
I was at SNL when @ConanOBrien was a writer and when Lorne said he was going to give Late Night to Conan, every one of us said "Great. He's the funniest person I know."
Congrats to all my friends at @TeamCoco on an incredible run.
— Mike Shoemaker (@shoemakermike) June 24, 2021
My fourth cousin @ConanOBrien always makes me laugh. Apparently even louder when he has facial hair. His “final” show is tonight. Then he reinvents himself again on @hbomax pic.twitter.com/NcHawYxQXk
— Denis Leary (@denisleary) June 24, 2021
Congrats @ConanOBrien @TeamCoco! You’re the best of the best. Thanks for always being the funniest person in the room, but more importantly, being kind. Also congrats to me; I look fucking great in this photo. pic.twitter.com/AfJpnlZNQW
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) June 24, 2021
Congrats to this funny young man @ConanOBrien on 28 years of his late night programs. One of my absolute favourite talk show hosts, looking forward to your next adventure my friend! pic.twitter.com/JRUYr2VzTA
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) June 24, 2021
Congratulations, @ConanOBrien & @teamcoco. It’s been a pleasure being on your show and I can’t wait to see what’s next for you. Here’s a throwback of some fun and unforgettable coffee content we’ve talked about! #TBT pic.twitter.com/bLQZmOsoP0
— Kyle MacLachlan (@Kyle_MacLachlan) June 24, 2021
— Jimmy Eat World (@jimmyeatworld) June 24, 2021
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) June 24, 2021
So @CarterBays and I were obsessed with Late Night w/Conan O'Brien in college, bonded over it, decided to be a writing team and spent our senior year writing a packet for our dream job on that staff; alas, not meant to be, but it's part of our origin story & I'm forever grateful! https://t.co/IZBWihadeU
— Craig Thomas (@HimymCraig) June 24, 2021
As Conan O’Brien is finishing up the late night format, I remember I was lucky enough to attend his show back when he was in NYC. It was 2008 and my friend Patrick called for tickets to the show. The writers strike had just come to an end so we were lucky enough to get tickets. pic.twitter.com/MD5kBlZaFO
— The Lumineers (@thelumineers) June 24, 2021
Few people have had a bigger impact on comedy than @ConanOBrien and @AndyRichter have. Congratulations to you guys on an amazing run and thanks for having me on all these years🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/uJ7vzaV6Rv
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) June 24, 2021
— Tom Segura AKA Mr. Ladybug (@tomsegura) June 24, 2021
— Kristen Schaal (@kristenschaaled) June 24, 2021
JB, KG & @ConanOBrien sitting in a tree, they all ummm love late night TV. JB is Conan’s last guest of his late night career. Thanks for always welcoming the D-family to the show over the years. Sorry JB blew your head off that one time! Tune in tonight at 11/10c! pic.twitter.com/PDT3LMxVXj
— Tenacious D (@tenaciousd) June 24, 2021
— Todd Barry (@toddbarry) June 24, 2021
Congrats @ConanOBrien and @TeamCoco on your incredible run. On top of being consistently hilarious year after year, you have lifted up so many cool voices in the process. Thank you for everything. I can’t wait to see what you and your brilliant team do next! ❤️❤️❤️
— Jena Friedman (@JenaFriedman) June 24, 2021
This was my first time on the show and as @tenaciousd was playing, @ConanOBrien leaned over and said, "when they come over, don't let them sit down."
One thing that was great about the show was the way Conan and @AndyRichter let every guest take part in the fun.
Thanks @teamcoco https://t.co/Z88wqmidge
— Wyatt Cenac (@wyattcenac) June 24, 2021
my first late night standup set happened in 2009 on the Tonight Show with @ConanOBrien.
when he moved to TBS, i got to return again and again.
an honor and a pleasure every time.
— Myq Kaplan (@myqkaplan) June 24, 2021
Building on the erudite mien of Cavett and the surrealism of Kovacs, @ConanOBrien cultivated the aesthetic sensibilities of a generation as a standard-bearer for American comedy. Revisit his long-awaited interview with a hero: #Pulitzer winner Robert Caro. https://t.co/bZ2KoARP91 pic.twitter.com/Jp8lZwaN3r
— The Pulitzer Prizes (@PulitzerPrizes) June 24, 2021
— Clinton Foundation (@ClintonFdn) June 24, 2021
Like so many performers, @ConanOBrien and @AndyRichter gave me my first paycheck in comedy wayyy back in NYC. They allowed me to tell my parents I was “working”. Always a blast being on the show. Congrats on a great run and being nice humans❤️ pic.twitter.com/zGfg0zL2Uw
— Rob Huebel (@robhuebel) June 24, 2021
— adam pally (@adampally) June 24, 2021
Huge thanks to @ConanOBrien and the whole @TeamCoco gang for having me on a hat trick of times and for all the laughs over the years! One of the highlights of my career. Can't wait to watch the next chapter….https://t.co/5x1xGsqy7t
— mo mandel (@momandel) June 24, 2021
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) June 24, 2021
— Breckin Meyer (@breckinmeyer) June 24, 2021
happy end of show @ConanOBrien! being on your show was surreal. actually, being on your show was awesome, a real dream come true. mike tyson showing me his vinegar strokes was surreal… the thing of nightmares, really. #CONAN https://t.co/TVC26sd8xM via @teamcoco
— Katie Aselton (@duplaselton) June 24, 2021