What a wasted opportunity: Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, and Andy Richter spent more than three hours on stage at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco Saturday night for SF Sketchfest, but nuggets from their alcohol-fueled discussion exist only in the minds of attendees, as shooting video was not permitted.
Sarah Lacy reported on the event for TechCrunch and offered some highlights, writing, “I’d gone expecting to hear an Inside the Actors Studio-style retrospective. What we got instead was more than three hours of O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, and Andy Richter drinking heavily on stage and talking about how the Internet has utterly ripped the media business in two over the course of their careers.” More from Lacy’s report on TechCrunch follows:
O’Brien on the media business: “Those men behind the curtain — the great and powerful Oz — are scared shitless right now.”
O’Brien said that when he was hired to host Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 1993, news outlets had trouble finding photos of him to run with their stories, running photos of him on the TV screen, instead.
He said “cream rises to the top” online, and consistently releasing funny stuff will lead to getting paid to write or perform funny stuff, but he added that the Web and “the reality TV/Paris Hilton generation” set a precedent that you could be famous not for any talent, but just for making a spectacle of yourself.