Conan feels right at home on UK TV
Published 02/08/2014 | 07:00
Conan O'Brien has said he expects to fit right in on UK TV, because his talk show appeals to British humour.
The TV host's show Conan has been a success in America for many years, but is about to debut in the UK, and he said he thought audiences would get it right away.
He explained: "Being quick and verbal is such a tradition in England, Scotland, Ireland... it's such a part of the culture, and sometimes I prefer [UK] guests because the American guests that I talk to... some of the actors get it from the (Marlon) Brando/James Dean school of 'You're only cool if you mumble and you look up'. They think that's the way to be thought of as a great guest.
"Whereas you get these British actors on who are just great storytellers; they're bright and they want to mix it up and not everything has to be airbrushed by a publicist beforehand."
Conan added he still got starstruck: "I've always said to myself, 'The minute this starts to feel like a job to you, you've got to get out'. I've never felt that way. I'm thrilled.
"The other night I got to play guitar with Jack White. I step outside myself and I think, 'I can't believe this is happening', and you have to have those moments. The minute you get to, 'Of course I played guitar with Jack White,' then you're dead; then you gotta leave.
"That's the thing that you have to keep fresh. I'm always excited when I get to interact with these people who are really talented and try and make something happen. It's fantastic."
:: Conan is on new free-to-air channel truTV, Monday-Thursday, from Monday, August 4