Posted in TV | music on November 9, 2010

Conan & Jack White

Conan O'Brien (you know him from Twitter) returned to television (basic cable) last night (11/8) with his new, and simply titled show Conan (he joked they can't replace him now). Guests included Seth Rogen, Lea Michelle, and Conan's good friend Jack White, who not only was the last musical guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (as was Meg), but who has known Conan since 1999. Well, that's at least what Conan claimed on the show, but not surprisingly, he was at least partly joking. He told Rolling Stone the full story:

In Detroit, there's a place where you can get a bite to eat, and then go bowling, and there's a rock venue there too," Conan recalled. "When I was there -- I wanna say this is like 1999 -- I got a bite to eat with my crew, and then we decided to go bowling, and these kids started to come over and hang out with us. I don't even remember -- I just remember hanging out with all these really young, scruffy Detroit kids for a while, all of us talking and drinking beer.

"Flash forward to: the White Stripes are the big deal and they're on Saturday Night Live, and I really love them, so I went to watch them at rehearsal," he continued. "After they're done rehearsing, Jack and Meg walk down -- and they're coming right at me. And they said, 'Hey, it's good to see you again.'

"And I said, 'Again?' They said, 'Yeah, in Detroit you hung out with us for like three hours and had beers in a bowling alley and we just shot the shit and you were real nice.'"

Conan erupted into laughter. "And I'm like, 'I didn't know that was you guys!' "

Conan, who performed with Jack on last night's show (as you can see in the above picture), also showed off the recent records that Jack put for him after he performed and recorded at Jack's Third Man Records studio in Nashville over the summer (order them HERE). That performance took place on Conan's 2010 live tour which happened while he was away from television. That tour, complete with the same house band who are on the new tbs show, included a stop at Bonnaroo and two guest-filled nights at Radio City Music Hall in NYC (night one and night two).

Video from last night's show below...

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Conan: Jack White and Conan Rock Out!

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Comments (32)

But but but...where was MEHg White?

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 12:00 PM

Conan wants to be a rock-star so bad it's not even funny. Please spare us the self-indulgence and tell us a joke, joke-teller!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 12:03 PM

12:00- best use of the MEH term in a while.

And what's with that beard of Conan? Is he been eating hummus lately?

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 12:07 PM

12:03, are you sure you're not talking about yourself?

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 12:09 PM

glad Conan's back

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 12:15 PM

conan & andy forever. masturbating bear!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 12:32 PM

CONAN rulez!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 12:37 PM

@12:03

Idiot, Conan IS a rockstar!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 12:42 PM

this blew.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 12:45 PM

Conan, the last real comedian for late night television. Everyone else can go drown in Hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 12:49 PM

All this hullabaloo for Conan when Ferguson is the true king of late night!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 1:02 PM

David Letterman is better than Conan

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 1:04 PM

ferguson? HAHAH what a bore. if you prefer that to the genius of conan, fine

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 1:04 PM

conan is king. King Coco!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 1:19 PM

Who's the jackass who thinks Ferguson should even be in the same sentence as Conan? Dude, give me a break. That guy is as funny as an abortion.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 1:58 PM

Conan is part of the old school system, he is no longer an interesting counter-culture icon even though he may want to be. He should be sent up the river along with Leno, Letterman and their tired schticks.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 2:01 PM

I don't have cable/satellite/fiber. :(

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 2:02 PM

2:01 - Then what do you suggest we watch at that time of night? Jimmy Kimmel? C'mon, please.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 2:15 PM

i don't know..I usually just shut the tv and go to bed

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 2:29 PM

It must be nice not to have insomnia.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 2:31 PM

doesn't anyone get tired of how sickeningly gracious conan is to everyone? does he really need to brown nose seth rogen and some nobody from glee? he's much funnier when he actually has some balls.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 2:34 PM

"Conan is part of the old school system, he is no longer an interesting counter-culture icon even though he may want to be. He should be sent up the river along with Leno, Letterman and their tired schticks."

agreed. his edgy days are certainly behind him.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 2:36 PM

ahhh... back when Garden Bowl was great.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 4:05 PM

12:03: He may as well try to be. Cannot understand the Conan worship these days. He hasn't told a joke or done a bit that wasn't lame since the late 90's. I don't consider him edgy in the slightest anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 4:06 PM

Meg fucking rules.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 4:56 PM

Conan is great but this was lame. hope the show gets better, it was very sterile

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 7:51 PM

conan sucks. nobody is watching that shit.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 10:45 PM

Except 4 million people who watched it yesterday. Other than that, fucking ZILCH.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 11:58 PM

i dont watch any late night and have no preference but have a legit question.

if conan was removed from the tonight show because of low ratings...why would his ratings be any higher now?

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 12:00 AM

Conan is not funny, and laughs at his own jokes like rambling incoherent with no substance Mr. Jimmy Fallon. Neither of them understand irony or real satire. Cant wait for the next Fallon train wreck of him and some new celebrity playing charades.

Ferguson is usually funny and understands language if you have to waste some time with the tv.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 6:11 AM

Soundgarden rocked on the show last night. It was overall much better last night than the premiere

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 11:39 AM

Nothing else to watch in that time frame, so we'll all stick with Conan. Ok boys & girls?

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 12:18 PM

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