It’s pretty easy to tell when Conan O’Brien really likes someone. Sure, he’s friendly and personable with most guests, but something changes in him when he’s truly excited. There’s more of a playful energy to him. One such guest who inspires this type of energy in Conan is accomplished comedian and actor JB Smoove.
It’s easy to see why. JB is funny and talented and charming as hell. He’s used those attributes to great success on shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Saturday Night Live and Conan’s own show (the name of which is escaping me at the moment). Now he’ll be bringing all of his skills to a podcast that Conan is producing through his Team Coco network!
O’Brien is willing to play along with JB’s every bit. Seen here, from a recent episode of Conan’s podcast, JB is trying to help Conan slow down by discussing pies, and things just get silly and calming. Watching/listening to it was as useful for me as a warming bath.
What helps is Conan is totally willing to play the “straight man” for JB. He’s not always willing to do that. Conan is high energy and often likes to dominate a bit. There are a select few people, though, where Conan will sit back and just let them do their thing. JB is one of them, and we’re all better for it.
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