Conan O’Brien: “They showed me into this office and told me to start writing down some ideas.”

From The Writer’s Almamac:

It is the birthday of comedy writer and late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien, born in 1963 in Brookline, Mass. He got his start writing editorials and humor pieces for his high school newspaper and by his senior year he was the managing editor. O’Brien then attended Harvard and wrote for the Harvard Lampoon.

He moved to Los Angeles after graduation to write for TV, and he won an Emmy in 1988 for his work on Saturday Night Live. Later he joined The Simpsons as a writer and penned some of their most memorable episodes…He began hosting Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 1993.

Of his first day writing for The Simpsons, he said: “They showed me into this office and told me to start writing down some ideas. They left me alone in that office, and I remember leaving after five minutes to go get a cup of coffee. And I heard a crash, and I walked back to the office, and there was a hole in the window and a dead bird on the floor — literally in my first 10 minutes at The Simpsons, a bird had flown through the glass of my window, hit the far wall, broken its neck, and fallen dead on the floor.

“And I remember George Meyer came in and looked at it, and he was like, ‘Man, this is some kind of weird omen.’ It all ended up working out really well, but nowhere in literature has a dead bird ever been a good omen.”

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