The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 June 2007

Still more thoughts on fame

I've mentioned this before, but I've always considered it an object lesson in humility: when David Letterman departed NBC's Late Night for CBS, Conan O'Brien, then a writer/producer for The Simpsons, was tapped to take his place. The general response was "Conan who?" and at a press conference to introduce the new kid, someone asked what NBC was thinking, hiring a relative unknown for a cash cow like Late Night.

O'Brien bristled: "Sir, I am not a relative unknown. I am a complete unknown."

Those of us huddled around the edge of obscurity can appreciate this sort of thing.

Posted at 6:33 PM to Blogorrhea


It's that knack for self-effacement, not to mention a rare ability to bristle, that has elevated Conan to the heady heights of marginal recognition he enjoys today.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 7:50 PM on 28 June 2007

I've always liked Conan, even if he is a bit of a dweeb. Well, so am I.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 10:02 PM on 28 June 2007

From complete unknown to governor of California.

Oh, wait -- wrong Conan.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:17 AM on 29 June 2007

I find Conan's humor very funny. I like the guy.

Posted by: Heather at 10:40 PM on 29 June 2007
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