Conan O'Brien Regularly Proposes Travel Show to 'Good Friend' and Ex, Lisa Kudrow

Exploring the world with laughs: Conan O'Brien's new series.

by Nouman Rasool
Conan O'Brien Regularly Proposes Travel Show to 'Good Friend' and Ex, Lisa Kudrow
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Conan O’Brien, the iconic talk show host, recently revealed fresh details about his latest venture, a travel comedy series, during a lively discussion hosted by CNN’s Jake Tapper at The Paley Center for Media in New York City.

The event, titled “Globetrotting and Podcasting: Conan O’Brien’s Life After Late-Night TV,” took place on April 11 and highlighted O'Brien's new directions since his long-running TBS show, Conan, concluded in 2021.

During the conversation, O’Brien humorously shared an amusing pitch he made to former girlfriend and longtime friend Lisa Kudrow for a unique travel show. The concept centers around Kudrow experiencing global destinations without ever leaving her hotel room, choosing instead to enjoy the world through pictures brought to her by visitors while she relaxes in comfort.

Kudrow, known for her wit, reportedly found the idea delightful and expressed interest in participating.

Conan's Comedic Travels

In addition to discussing potential projects with friends, O'Brien also introduced his audience to his upcoming Max series, Conan O’Brien Must Go.

Set to premiere on April 18, the show promises to deliver a blend of humor and unconventional travel experiences. Where, while most serious travel show presenters are doing it for educational purposes, O'Brien hopes that even if his series falls grossly short on the same with regard to informing more about the various destinations, it will at least leave the viewers entertained with perhaps a good chuckle or two.

Reflecting on his past experiences, particularly his 2018 special Conan Without Borders in Italy with staffer Jordan Schlansky, O’Brien emphasized his desire to create content that stands apart from more serious fare like Stanley Tucci’s CNN series, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy.

He aims for a light-hearted and jovial tone, contrasting sharply with the educational approach often seen in travel documentaries. The week also saw O'Brien returning to The Tonight Show, where he briefly served as host in 2009-2010.

Discussing his return, O'Brien described the experience as surreal, especially following his abrupt departure years ago when Jay Leno resumed his role as host. The appearance is part of a broader promotional push for his new series, "Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend," a podcast that has been airing since 2018 and has featured guests such as former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, to politicians, sports stars, entertainment figures, and music legends like Prince and Paul McCartney.