Conan O’Brien’s “Live CoCo Cam” just wrapped up its 24-hour broadcast day, and it did it in news-worthy fashion. After a morning full of interns playing Twister and a visit from a mariachi band, the live stream concluded with a dance party (featuring a battle between a taco and a bear that would have fit right in as a part of that new Chris Brown video) and a wacky puppet show that concluded with the announcement of the guest lineups for the first week of “Conan” episodes, which kick off on Monday, November 8.
The first episode will feature Seth Rogen, a musical performance from Jack White and the winner of the “First Guest Poll” hosted at O’Brien’s official Web site. The options there include the obvious (Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Jack Nicholson), the sublime (the entire case of the live action “Fat Albert” movie) and the ridiculous (Pope Benedict XVI, reclusive writer Thomas Pynchon). Nicholson currently leads the voting (with Gaga not terribly far behind), so it will be interesting to see exactly how they decide to deliver on this particular poll (though you can almost certainly count on Robert Smigel getting involved in some way).
The rest of the week features some pretty big names as well. The second show (Tuesday, November 9) will have Tom Hanks, “30 Rock” star Jack McBrayer and a musical performance by Soundgarden. Show number three (Wednesday, November 10) will have “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, actress Charlyne Yi (“Paper Heart”) and the first television performance by Fistful of Mercy (the supergroup the brings together Ben Harper, Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur). Finally, the final show of the first week (Thursday, November 11) will feature Michael Cera, “Modern Family” star Julie Bowen and a stand-up set from comedian John Dore.
That’s a pretty big first week, featuring a healthy mix of familiar faces (O’Brien seems to be constantly talking to Hanks and White) and new experiments (the interview with Yi should be interesting and delightfully off-kilter). And as if the first show needed any more anticipation, it also creates a buzz around whoever will win their poll. After 24 hours, the “Live CoCo Cam” was both thrilling and exhausting, but it certainly got the buzz up about one of this year’s biggest television events.
Who are you most looking forward to seeing on the first week of “Conan”? Let us know in the comments!