I’ve been saying for years now that I think Conan O’Brien is the smartest and funniest person in the world. Not only is he responsible for some of my favorite of The Simpsons episodes (he presented his idea for the monorail ep his third day on the job) but, his ability to come up with belly crunching hilarious reactions off the top of his head to persons he interviews has always been an indication to me that there is astounding genius inside of that heaving orange dome. Conan recently took over The Tonight Show and I’ve been watching it religiously on Hulu.com. Last night I was dicking around on youtube and found a recent Inside The Actors Studio that Conan appeared on and it’s amazing. He talks about his youth, his time at Harvard, then SNL and The Simpsons, and his love for the artistry of improvisation, as well as the seriousness and science of comedy itself. I learned a lot and I was inspired by his acute vision of purpose he had from the beginning. The dude actually went around Harvard tagging little doodles of himself and when asked why he explained that it was a calling card for his show and designer jeans that he was going to have one day (the jeans are set to debut in 2010).
You can watch the entire (sorta) ep on youtube, but here’s a short clip of a prank he pulled while at Harvard. It totally rips.