5 items from 2016
Conan O'Brien, one of an entire generation of comics and writers inspired by Garry Shandling and a close friend of the Larry Sanders Show great, paid tribute to the late comedian on Conan just hours after Shandling's death at the age of 66. "This is a devastating shock to me and to just about everybody I know," O'Brien said. "I've had about three hours now to process that Garry is gone and this just doesn't seem real still, and I don't know when it will."
While Shandling will be remembered »
Conan O'Brien recently ventured to Qatar to bring his late-night show to U.S. troops stationed in the Middle East. While there, the host performed a rendition of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" alongside Grace Potter and a band of service members. Their full version of the Elephant opener, which featured new lyrics written by O'Brien to fit the audience, wasn't broadcast on Conan, but the show did provide the whole performance as a web exclusive.
"I should not play guitar / Or shovel pork products into my jaw »
Abe Vigoda is known for his role as detective Phil Fish in Barney Miller, but the late actor also made regular appearances on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien. On Tuesday's Conan, host Conan O'Brien and writer Andy Richter took a moment to honor Vigoda, who died in his sleep that morning, in a touching tribute video compiled from several clips of Vigoda's Late Night work. "I have to acknowledge to our longtime viewers, people that have been watching us for 22 years or 23 years, Abe was a huge part of our show in New York," said O'Brien, 52. "I »
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While Abe Vigoda was known largely for his roles in The Godfather and Barney Miller, a whole generation was familiar with the late character actor thanks to his frequent, always hilarious cameo appearances on Late Night With Conan O'Brien. On Tuesday night's Conan, the host remembered the actor who was always a highlight of Late Night.
"Abe was a huge part of our show in New York. I couldn't believe how many times Abe would come on the show and do hilarious things for us," O'Brien said. "We used to call him up, »
While we aren't even one month into 2016, the entertainment industry has already lost several notable icons. Today, Variety reports that beloved character actor Abe Vigoda passed away in his New Jersey home at the age of 94. The news was confirmed by his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, who revealed he passed from natural causes.
Abe Vigoda was born February 24, 1921 in New York City, to Lena (Moses) and Samuel Vigoda, both Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a tailor on the Lower East Side. The actor made his first stage appearance at the age of 17 and performed n small theater shows for over 20 years. He had roles in notable off-Broadway productions such as "Richard III" in 1960 and 1961, "The Cherry Orchard" in 1962-63, "A Darker Flower" in 1963 and "The Cat and the Canary" in 1965. The actor made his Broadway debut with a role in a revival of "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul »
5 items from 2016
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