Angela Bassett, Conan O’Brien Honor Young Students at Children’s Defense Fund Gala

Awards season may be right around the corner, but on Thursday, Hollywood took a break from the glitz and glam to celebrate five high school students who have excelled academically despite facing extreme adversity both at home and in the classroom. The …

Awards season may be right around the corner, but on Thursday, Hollywood took a break from the glitz and glam to celebrate five high school students who have excelled academically despite facing extreme adversity both at home and in the classroom. The 29th annual Beat the Odds Awards ceremony at the Skirball Cultural Center featured […]

Samantha Bee Launches Documentary Production Company, Signs First-Look Deal With TBS

Samantha Bee is launching her own production company and signed a first-look with TBS, the network that airs her late-night series, “Full Frontal.”

Bee’s company, Swimsuit Competition, will be focused on narrative and documentary content. They will be seeking great ideas from people flying under the radar, or whose work has been underestimated in the past. “The Rundown with Robin Thede” producer Kristen Everman, who also produced the “Full Frontal” special “Not the White House Correspondents Dinner,” will serve as head of development.

“Fine, if none of you are gonna make TV I want to watch, I’ll make it myself,” Bee said.

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Swimsuit Competition will initially focus on developing content for television, but could expand to other platforms. “If your senior superlative was ‘Most Unaware of His or Her Appeal,’ call us!” Everman said. “Or rather, email us, because honestly voicemails feel kind of rude.”

Bee’s deal echoes the pact that TBS made with its other late-night host, Conan O’Brien, whose Conaco production company is creating content for numerous Turner-owned platforms. This also isn’t the first time Bee will develop shows not named “Full Frontal,” having co-created the TBS half-hour comedy “The Detour” with her husband, Jason Jones.

Everman began her career in entertainment at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and also previously worked on “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Come Here and Say That,” “Difficult People” and “Odd Mom Out.”

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Samantha Bee is launching her own production company and signed a first-look with TBS, the network that airs her late-night series, “Full Frontal.”

Bee’s company, Swimsuit Competition, will be focused on narrative and documentary content. They will be seeking great ideas from people flying under the radar, or whose work has been underestimated in the past. “The Rundown with Robin Thede” producer Kristen Everman, who also produced the “Full Frontal” special “Not the White House Correspondents Dinner,” will serve as head of development.

“Fine, if none of you are gonna make TV I want to watch, I’ll make it myself,” Bee said.

Swimsuit Competition will initially focus on developing content for television, but could expand to other platforms. “If your senior superlative was ‘Most Unaware of His or Her Appeal,’ call us!” Everman said. “Or rather, email us, because honestly voicemails feel kind of rude.”

Bee’s deal echoes the pact that TBS made with its other late-night host, Conan O’Brien, whose Conaco production company is creating content for numerous Turner-owned platforms. This also isn’t the first time Bee will develop shows not named “Full Frontal,” having co-created the TBS half-hour comedy “The Detour” with her husband, Jason Jones.

Everman began her career in entertainment at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and also previously worked on “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Come Here and Say That,” “Difficult People” and “Odd Mom Out.”

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Conan O’Brien Names Director Abel Ferrara His Worst Guest in 25 Years — Here’s Why

O’Brien says the controversial “Bad Lieutenant” director had to be dragged on stage for an interview he clearly didn’t want to do.

Conan O’Brien has been hosting late night television for 25 years, first with “Late Night” (1993-2009) and then a brief run on “The Tonight Show” followed by TBS’s “Conan.” With so many years of programming and thousands of interviews conducted, one guest still stands out among the rest as the worst interview of O’Brien’s television career. The late night host recently appeared on Dax Shepherd’s podcast and instantly named controversial director Abel Ferrara as his worst interview guest.

“He came on camera against his will,” O’Brien said. “And then came out, and I think he started yelling at me.”

O’Brien said Ferrara ran out of the NBC building in New York City shortly before he was set to appear on “Late Night.” Staff members working on the show had to bring Ferrara back to tape his scheduled appearance, and O’Brien estimates the director was intoxicated throughout the discussion. The resulting interview was chaotic and uncomfortable, but even O’Brien admits it was “compellevision,” meaning it was so bad the viewer couldn’t stop watching. The interview and the episode took place in 1996.

Ferrara is best known for his provocative films “Ms .45” (1981), “King of New York,” (1990), “Bad Lieutenant” (1992), starring Harvey Keitel and rated NC-17. The 67-year-old director’s most recent notable films include documentaries such as “Piazza Vittorio” (2017) and “Pasolini” (2014). His last feature, “Welcome to New York,” starring Gérard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset, played the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

O’Brien’s TBS series “Conan” is currently on hiatus after finishing up its traditional run of hour-long episodes on October 4. The show will return with a modified, half-hour format in 2019. O’Brien’s well-reviewed special “Conan in Japan” aired on November 28. Watch the late night host’s usual interview with Ferrara in the video embed below.

Watch Japanese Etiquette Coach Continuously Tell Conan O’Brien He’s Ugly (Video)

Conan O’Brien headed to Japan recently to collect a little coin and learn some manners. Turns out, his etiquette coach and her assistant over there could use a few lessons themselves.

First, the instructor really didn’t want to touch Conan — like, at all. After all, they’re not boyfriend-girlfriend, she said — and it sounds like they are never going to be.

“You’re not my type,” she told him, adding that his “face” was the main problem.

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Later, while touching O’Brien’s stomach, the coach told the TBS host that he “needs exercise.”

“Very fluffy,” her handsy assistant added.

Watch the video above.

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Conan O’Brien headed to Japan recently to collect a little coin and learn some manners. Turns out, his etiquette coach and her assistant over there could use a few lessons themselves.

First, the instructor really didn’t want to touch Conan — like, at all. After all, they’re not boyfriend-girlfriend, she said — and it sounds like they are never going to be.

“You’re not my type,” she told him, adding that his “face” was the main problem.

Later, while touching O’Brien’s stomach, the coach told the TBS host that he “needs exercise.”

“Very fluffy,” her handsy assistant added.

Watch the video above.

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Watch ‘Conan’ Producer Jordan Schlansky Get Totally Owned by Childhood Hero Ralph Macchio (Video)

“Conan” producer Jordan Schlansky just had his meal, childhood and possibly life ruined by Ralph Macchio.
While shooting a remote in Japan, Schlansky and boss Conan O’Brien sat down for a traditional dinner. There, Conan insulted his …

“Conan” producer Jordan Schlansky just had his meal, childhood and possibly life ruined by Ralph Macchio.

While shooting a remote in Japan, Schlansky and boss Conan O’Brien sat down for a traditional dinner. There, Conan insulted his employee numerous times, calling Jordan “the high priest of meaningless conversation” and even “a pervert” for smelling his food before tasting.

The smug Schlansky was no slouch himself, telling the comic that their server only likes O’Brien “because you are a jester.”

Later, the know-it-all Schlansky explained his obsession with Japanese culture — it was all “The Karate Kid Part II,” of course.

Recounting his childhood, Jordan insisted multiple times that the 1986 movie’s Japan scenes were shot in Okinawa, which is a Japanese island in the East China Sea. Unfortunately for the walking Wikipedia, O’Brien called in a favor to fact-check his travel companion.

“Hi Conan, it’s me, Ralph Macchio,” a video message saved to O’Brien’s cell started. “Listen, I’m sorry to interrupt, I just wanted to tell that Jordan guy that all the scenes in ‘Karate Kid Part II’ that are supposed to be Japan were actually shot in Hawaii. Oh, and Jordan, those weren’t real dinosaurs in ‘Jurassic Park.'”

Schlansky sat in shock.

“You fraud!” Conan rubbed the moment in. “Your childhood hero just came out of my phone and took a s–t into your mouth.”

Watch the video above.

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With ‘Conan in Japan,’ Conan O’Brien Finds the Secret to Late-Night’s Future

“Conan Without Borders” segments have been series highlights since O’Brien’s trip to Cuba, and now they could help build an even better nightly show.

Any late-night show is all about the host, and rarely is this more evident than when Conan O’Brien goes on the road in his increasingly popular travel specials, “Conan Without Borders.” These fall back on the host’s talents, instead of pimping a cavalcade of so-so guests, and gets him out of the studio to interact with compelling people. But they also allow for tighter, more precisely edited episodes, which helps remind viewers why they tune in every evening: It’s Conan, and nothing but the best of him.

As announced in May, future nightly episodes of “Conan” will shift from the classic hour-long format to a leaner, “less structured” half-hour program. He’ll still be on the air four nights a week, but Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band is out and a stronger focus on digital, social, and live events are in.

Most important, though, is letting “Conan” be Conan. How his producers plan to spark younger viewers’ interest with a series still only available via the old paradigm of pay cable is anyone’s guess — more YouTube clips? Instagram stories? Snapchat integration that gives users O’Brien’s luxe orange pompadour? However, the emphasis on live events could pay huge dividends if his “Conan Without Borders” specials serve as inspiration.

Just look at his latest entry, “Conan in Japan.” O’Brien’s first appearance on television since “Conan” wrapped October 4 (to start the rejiggering process) is more than a welcome return. It’s carefully honed and enlivened by O’Brien’s sheer enthusiasm. Out in the world, charged only with making new friends and learning new things, the improv expert is a giddy delight. O’Brien uses the same innate instincts he’s perfected by interviewing thousands of celebrities — some boring, some not — to hone in on the part he needs to play to best elevate the comedy.

Take the first segment from “Conan in Japan.” O’Brien is receiving instruction on proper Japanese etiquette for his trip by an older, somewhat strict, and quite plainspoken teacher. When he asks about hugging, she not only tells him it’s inappropriate, but also is surprisingly forthcoming with her opinions on Conan’s looks (she doesn’t like them). So Conan plays up the mock offense, in part because his hurt feelings could be genuine, but also because he’s built up a boastful reputation and knows how to play off it to the audience. O’Brien is great when poking fun at himself, either by refuting insults in flailing, macho fashion or playing into given compliments with a wry smile and long roll of his tongue.

He’s even better when the reactions come out of nowhere. In his statement about the format shift, he said he would be out of the studio more often, and the diversity of neighborhoods, citizens, terrain, and events in the Los Angeles area should provide ample opportunity for Conan to interact with the masses. Get him out of the studio, or at least get him out from behind the desk. Even he says he’s better unencumbered while explaining his sex appeal to the etiquette instructor: “I’m a very expressive person,” O’Brien says. “I move. I jump. This is who I am.”

And like everyone, O’Brien can benefit from editing. While his nightly shows are cut down from their full recording time, “Conan in Japan” was obviously a much longer trip than what’s shown in the 42-minute special. The producers can pick the best moments and ditch segments that don’t pan out.

Editing can also create jokes in ways that a “live” show can’t, like when Conan visits a “Rental Family Agent” and pays to have a fake family keep him company while in Tokyo. There’s a montage of the family’s day out and a fake Christmas card kicker, and they set a quick pace in Conan’s selection process: He holds up pictures of possible wives and daughters until he’s satisfied with his new “family.” The comic rhythm feels more natural than a 1:1 interview, and you’re not waiting for the few moments of gold mined from a celebrity’s audition story. It’s all gold, or at least pretty shiny.

O’Brien has an opportunity with his new format to trim the fat. (Not the literal belly fat the etiquette teacher described as “fluffy” — I told you she was candid.) Late-night clips are more appealing to younger audiences than late-night shows because while some interviews are good, most are boring. Some sketches are funny; most won’t even earn a smile. If something really exciting happens, it’ll be online the next day.

That’s not the case with “Conan Without Borders,” and it doesn’t have to be the case for “Conan.” Batting 1.000 is impossible, sure, but raising the average above .300 would instantly elevate his show above the other late-night fodder, and it’s got a head start with an extremely funny, seasoned, and sharp leader. So cut back on celebrities and amp up the pre-taped outings — Conan can carry the rest.

“Conan in Japan” is available now on TBS. “Conan” returns in its new format in 2019.

Conan O’Brien Rents A Fake Family In Japan To Battle Loneliness

Japan currently has a “loneliness crisis” and what better way to cure loneliness than to rent a fake family — and that’s exactly what Conan O’Brien did in the latest installment of “Conan Without Borders.”
In &…

Japan currently has a “loneliness crisis” and what better way to cure loneliness than to rent a fake family — and that’s exactly what Conan O’Brien did in the latest installment of “Conan Without Borders.” In “Conan Without Borders: Japan”, O’Brien discovers that there are companies all around Japan that offer family rental services so he decides to consult with Rental Family Agent Ishii Yuichi to build his own family after two days of loneliness in Tokyo. Not only that…

‘Game Of Thrones’ Reunion Special Hosted By Conan O’Brien Headed For DVD Box Set Only

A reunion special featuring several cast members from HBO’s now-wrapped epic Game of Thrones, shot earlier this year in Northern Ireland and hosted by Conan O’Brien, is headed straight to video — but it’s not as bad as it sounds…

A reunion special featuring several cast members from HBO’s now-wrapped epic Game of Thrones, shot earlier this year in Northern Ireland and hosted by Conan O’Brien, is headed straight to video — but it’s not as bad as it sounds. HBO confirmed Wednesday that the special, shot in Belfast earlier this year, will appear exclusively on a complete Seasons 1-8 DVD GoT box set to hit shelves sometime in 2019. A story in Entertainment Weekly said some past cast members including…

Conan O’Brien Sets Launch Date for New Podcast, Names Will Ferrell as First Guest

#ImWithCoco veterans, assemble: Conan O’Brien will debut his new podcast, “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” Monday Nov. 19 with guest Will Ferrell, Team Coco and Earwolf announced Thursday.
“After 25 years of extensive marke…

#ImWithCoco veterans, assemble: Conan O’Brien will debut his new podcast, “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” Monday Nov. 19 with guest Will Ferrell, Team Coco and Earwolf announced Thursday.

“After 25 years of extensive market research we have learned that people want to hear my voice without seeing my face. So rejoice, America,” O’Brien said in a statement.

“It’s a chance for me to just be me,” O’Brien adds in the preview to his podcast, which you can listen to below. “I get to have a really intimate conversation with these people.”

The podcast will launch an initial 36-week run with a lineup that includes guests like Kristen Bell, Bill Burr, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Marc Maron and Wanda Sykes.

“Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” comes after the announcement that O’Brien’s late-night talk show “Conan” will reformat in January into a half-hour series. “Conan” will remain with TBS during the transition.

“It gives us the opportunity to double down on stuff we’re doing that works best and resonates with our fan base, especially our digital stuff, and make the show leaner so I’m never out there filling time in any way,” O’Brien said during the initial announcement of the format change in May.

The podcast will be available through iTunes, Stitcher and every major podcast outlet.

Listen to a preview of “Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend” here:

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Conan Chokes up as He Bids Farewell to the One-Hour Format and His Basic Cable Band (Video)

Conan O’Brien is not going to miss doing an hour-long show four nights a week for TBS, but he’s sure gonna miss Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band.

The “Conan” host got choked up on Thursday when he bid farewell to his house band of 25 years. The guys will not return in January when the late-night show reformats into a half-hour series. The abbreviated “Conan” will still shoot four days a week and air four nights a week next year.

“I have been blessed with the most versatile, loyal, and joyously effervescent band in the history of television,” O’Brien said of his friends and outgoing colleagues.

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“At the most perilous moment of my career, when I was suddenly without a show and feeling pretty alone, this band came with me on a nationwide tour that is to this day one of the highlights of my life, he said.

“They are remarkable musicians and they’re even better people,” he added. “There is no better testament to their generosity of spirit than the fact that every day — every single day at rehearsal — they have generously let me play guitar with them and endured my torturously slow progress. I have no idea if I’m a better comedian now than I was in 1993, but thanks to these guys I’m definitely a better rhythm guitarist.”

Watch the touching video above, which fittingly concludes with an energetic Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band performance.

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The format change will allow O’Brien to do more remote-location shoots and launch a podcast. While on TV hiatus for the fall, O’Brien is embarking on an 18-city stand-up comedy tour.

Here is Conan talking about his future plans:



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Conan O’Brien is not going to miss doing an hour-long show four nights a week for TBS, but he’s sure gonna miss Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band.

The “Conan” host got choked up on Thursday when he bid farewell to his house band of 25 years. The guys will not return in January when the late-night show reformats into a half-hour series. The abbreviated “Conan” will still shoot four days a week and air four nights a week next year.

“I have been blessed with the most versatile, loyal, and joyously effervescent band in the history of television,” O’Brien said of his friends and outgoing colleagues.

“At the most perilous moment of my career, when I was suddenly without a show and feeling pretty alone, this band came with me on a nationwide tour that is to this day one of the highlights of my life, he said.

“They are remarkable musicians and they’re even better people,” he added. “There is no better testament to their generosity of spirit than the fact that every day — every single day at rehearsal — they have generously let me play guitar with them and endured my torturously slow progress. I have no idea if I’m a better comedian now than I was in 1993, but thanks to these guys I’m definitely a better rhythm guitarist.”

Watch the touching video above, which fittingly concludes with an energetic Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band performance.

The format change will allow O’Brien to do more remote-location shoots and launch a podcast. While on TV hiatus for the fall, O’Brien is embarking on an 18-city stand-up comedy tour.

Here is Conan talking about his future plans:

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Watch Conan O’Brien Bid Farewell To Hour-Long Episodes, Band; New 30-Minute Format Bows In January

Assuring his viewers that “a little less” Conan will be just fine, talk host Conan O’Brien finished the final hour-long episode of Conan last night, detailing the previously announced plans that will see the show’s new 30-minute…

Assuring his viewers that “a little less” Conan will be just fine, talk host Conan O’Brien finished the final hour-long episode of Conan last night, detailing the previously announced plans that will see the show’s new 30-minute format debuting January 2019. Until the return, O’Brien said, the show will be on hiatus, but its host certainly won’t. In addition to leading the 18-city tour Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips, O’Brien…

‘Conan & Friends: An Evening Of Stand-Up And Investment Tips’ Tour Starts November 2

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Conan O’Brien Celebrates 25th Anniversary on Late Night, Prepares Launch of 4,000-Episode Digital Archive (Video)

Thursday is a day for hardcore “Cone Bone” fans to celebrate, with Conan O’Brien announcing that a digital archive of his entire late night history is set to launch in the year 2000 — err, 2019.

O’Brien made the announcement in a brief YouTube clip, letting fans know his catalog of more than 4,000 shows, spanning his time at NBC and TBS, will be released in January. A person familiar with the project told TheWrap the shows won’t just be on YouTube, but will be featured on their own standalone site.

That means longtime Conan fans will be able to watch every classic bit — from “The Walker Texas Ranger Lever” to “In The Year 2000” to his hilarious trip to Finland, after realizing he closely resembled Finnish President Tarja Halonen. At 31 years old, Conan made his debut as the youngest host in late night and has since become the elder statesman of the medium.

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“Twenty-five years ago today, I made my first late night show, and since then I’ve taped over 4,000 episodes – nine of which I’m told are quite good,” Conan joked.

And to commemorate his 25th anniversary, Conan shared his first episode of “Late Night” on YouTube. His first guests: John Goodman and Drew Barrymore. You can check it out below if you like:

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O’Brien made the announcement in a brief YouTube clip, letting fans know his catalog of more than 4,000 shows, spanning his time at NBC and TBS, will be released in January. A person familiar with the project told TheWrap the shows won’t just be on YouTube, but will be featured on their own standalone site.

That means longtime Conan fans will be able to watch every classic bit — from “The Walker Texas Ranger Lever” to “In The Year 2000” to his hilarious trip to Finland, after realizing he closely resembled Finnish President Tarja Halonen. At 31 years old, Conan made his debut as the youngest host in late night and has since become the elder statesman of the medium.

“Twenty-five years ago today, I made my first late night show, and since then I’ve taped over 4,000 episodes – nine of which I’m told are quite good,” Conan joked.

And to commemorate his 25th anniversary, Conan shared his first episode of “Late Night” on YouTube. His first guests: John Goodman and Drew Barrymore. You can check it out below if you like:

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‘Conan’ to Cut Music Performances When TBS Show Shifts to Half-Hour Format

“Conan” is doing away with musical performances when it switches to a half-hour format next year. As a result, producer and music booker Roey Hershkovitz will be leaving the show.

Hershkovitz has been with “Conan” since he started as an intern in 1999, and continued with the show with its move to TBS from NBC in 2010. Although the show will not have consistent musical guests, Hershkovitz may still consult on occasional music episodes or potential music content on TeamCoco.com’s digital platforms.

The change to a half-hour format will begin in January 2019, TBS announced back in May.

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“Since I inherited my ‘Late Night’ show in 1993, TV has changed exponentially. I’d like to think I have evolved with many of these changes, but now it’s time to take the next leap. A half-hour show will give me the time to do a higher percentage of the comedy in, and out, of the studio that I love and that seems to resonate in this new digital world,” O’Brien said about the changes. “It’s still going to be me hosting a very silly show, but I want segments on my half-hour program to link to digital content, deepening the experience for my younger fans, and confusing my older ones.”

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“Conan” is doing away with musical performances when it switches to a half-hour format next year. As a result, producer and music booker Roey Hershkovitz will be leaving the show.

Hershkovitz has been with “Conan” since he started as an intern in 1999, and continued with the show with its move to TBS from NBC in 2010. Although the show will not have consistent musical guests, Hershkovitz may still consult on occasional music episodes or potential music content on TeamCoco.com’s digital platforms.

The change to a half-hour format will begin in January 2019, TBS announced back in May.

“Since I inherited my ‘Late Night’ show in 1993, TV has changed exponentially. I’d like to think I have evolved with many of these changes, but now it’s time to take the next leap. A half-hour show will give me the time to do a higher percentage of the comedy in, and out, of the studio that I love and that seems to resonate in this new digital world,” O’Brien said about the changes. “It’s still going to be me hosting a very silly show, but I want segments on my half-hour program to link to digital content, deepening the experience for my younger fans, and confusing my older ones.”

This year’s slate of musical guests on “Conan” includes Dashboard Confessional, Odesza, Neko Case, Grizzly Bear, Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard, Johnny Marr and more.

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David Cross, Marc Maron, Desus & Mero to Headline New York Comedy Festival

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Conan O’Brien’s Sad Batman Tries to Join the Marvel Universe (Video)

Even Batman wants to be part of the Marvel Universe. For his Comic-Con — err, Conan-Con — cold open, TBS host Conan O’Brien dressed up as Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego, who then attempted to switch from his bummer DC Comics Universe to the more fun and successful Marvel one.

Unfortunately, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow and Black Panther weren’t having it.

“Ugh, this f—ing guy,” Thor (Dave Koechner) says when Batman sidles over to their lunch table. “DC-ya later, nerd.”

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“Come on guys. DC, Marvel — what’s the difference?” O’Brien’s superhero pitches his new potential friends.

“Have you seen the box office lately, Bruce Lame?” Keegan-Michael Key’s Black Panther fires back. He’s pretty proud of that one.

“Those guys are a huge drag,” Batman says of his DC cronies, like Superman and Aquaman. “They’re not fun like us.”

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That’s right about when Andy Richter as Robin shows up and ruins any slim chance the Caped Crusader may have had of sitting at the cool table. After exchanging some unkind words, which included a pretty good shot at Rob Huebel’s Tony Stark, Robin walks away flipping the double birds.

Black Panther gets the last word, however, which is calling Batman a “bitch” and starting a one-sided food fight.

Watch the video above.

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Even Batman wants to be part of the Marvel Universe. For his Comic-Con — err, Conan-Con — cold open, TBS host Conan O’Brien dressed up as Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego, who then attempted to switch from his bummer DC Comics Universe to the more fun and successful Marvel one.

Unfortunately, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow and Black Panther weren’t having it.

“Ugh, this f—ing guy,” Thor (Dave Koechner) says when Batman sidles over to their lunch table. “DC-ya later, nerd.”

“Come on guys. DC, Marvel — what’s the difference?” O’Brien’s superhero pitches his new potential friends.

“Have you seen the box office lately, Bruce Lame?” Keegan-Michael Key’s Black Panther fires back. He’s pretty proud of that one.

“Those guys are a huge drag,” Batman says of his DC cronies, like Superman and Aquaman. “They’re not fun like us.”

That’s right about when Andy Richter as Robin shows up and ruins any slim chance the Caped Crusader may have had of sitting at the cool table. After exchanging some unkind words, which included a pretty good shot at Rob Huebel’s Tony Stark, Robin walks away flipping the double birds.

Black Panther gets the last word, however, which is calling Batman a “bitch” and starting a one-sided food fight.

Watch the video above.

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Comic-Con 2018: Here’s All the Stuff You Can Do Outside the Convention Center

Sure there’s plenty to do at San Diego Comic-Con this week, but what happens if you decide you need a break from panels and looking for back issues? Plenty more, as it happens.

From TV show-branded activations to live comedy shows, even art shows, and best of all, a lot of it is open even to people who weren’t lucky enough to win the lottery and secure a badge for SDCC 2018.

Comedy lovers will be able to join Conan O’Brien at the TeamCocoHouse pop-up comedy club beginning on Wednesday with events through Saturday. Meanwhile, Purge fans can cleanse their souls at the “Purge Emporium.” And you’ll be able to watch two episodes of the upcoming season of “The Venture Bros.”

Plus, Fans of “The Good Place” can visit heaven on earth — or is it hell? — at a re-creation of NBC comedy’s first season setting in the Gaslamp district.

Also Read: Comic-Con 2018 Parties: Entertainment Weekly Bash to Feature ‘Westworld,’ ‘Game of Thrones’

Check out more details and see the list of activations and events below (updated as needed). For the full schedule of panels, see our post here.

Adult Swim Camp
5th Avenue Landing and Convention Way
Every day from 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

  • Thursday

8:00 p.m. – “Things You’ve Never Seen” Screening A night of specials and original pilots brought to fans by SNICKERS.

10:00 p.m. – Last Stream on the Left Live! A live broadcast of popular podcast

11:00 p.m. – Let’s Play Pool Panic Live! Join Adult Swim Games for a late-night of gameplay and friendly multiplayer competition.

  • Friday

8:00 p.m. – AS Cosplay Competition Hosted by Henry Zebrowski  We invite cosplayers to show off their inspired creations, don their best Adult Swim themed garb and strut their stuff! Awards will be passed out and bragging rights will last a lifetime.

8:30 p.m. –  The Venture Bros. Fan Event Fans will watch two episodes from the new season of The Venture Bros. Creators Doc Hammer and Jackson Public on hand to reveal secrets of the new season in a special Q&A session.

10:00 p.m. – Let’s Play Pool Panic Live! Join Adult Swim Games for a late-night of gameplay and friendly multiplayer competition.

  • Saturday

7:15 p.m. – Toonami Pre-Flight to with TOM and SARA – Get behind-the-scenes info from show hosts Jason DeMarco and Gill Austin, Steve Blum (voice of TOM) and Dana Swanson (voice of SARA).

8:15 p.m. – The Pillows Live In Concert – A event not to be missed! Special live concert to celebrate the new seasons of FLCL.

10:00 p.m. – Rick and Morty Fan Event – The fan favorite show is back for a special event! Admission is extremely limited so fans should register at AdultSwimPresents.com for details on how to receive event wristbands.

Alpha Book Club Happy Hour, presented by Nerdist
Sparks Gallery 530 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Thursday, July 19,7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Description:  Join Maude Garrett, Hector Navarro, and Rachel Heine for a glass of wine with the ABC gang! Alpha Book Club Happy Hour is free and open to the public. Alpha members will receive exclusive Fast Pass and Priority Access wristbands.

Alpha After Dark Party with The Kraken Rum, presented by Nerdist
Fluxx 500 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Thursday, July 19, 9:00 p.m. – 1: 00 a.m.

Description:  Alpha & The Kraken Rum return to San Diego Comic Con for their exclusive Alpha After Dark Party. Alpha members will enjoy a curated evening of music by DJ Franki Chan of IHEARTCOMIX, the opportunity to receive personalized Kraken-inspired portraits by famed graphic artists Tom Hodges and Tony Parker, and custom signature Kraken Rum cocktails! Invites are limited to Alpha members; non-members can sign up for Alpha at www.projectalpha.comFans will want to attend the party to see what The Kraken unleashes at SDCC this year!

CBS COMEDY CARS
Gaslamp district, downtown San Diego
Throughout the day from Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22

Complimentary rides throughout the Gaslamp District in branded electric cars. Featured shows will include the new fall comedies THE NEIGHBORHOOD and HAPPY TOGETHER. Trailers of the series will be screened for the passengers in those cars as well. Brand ambassadors will distribute giveaways making their debut at Comic-Con, including a variety of collectable emoji squeezies for THE NEIGHBORHOOD and HAPPY TOGETHER.

AMC Dead Quarters –
Martin Luther King Promenade, in front of the Hilton Gaslamp Hotel (4th Avenue and L Street, across from the convention center)
Thurs-Sat, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m; Sunday 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m

The zombie-centric fan zone returns to Comic-Con for fans of “The Walking Dead” and “Fear The Walking Dead.”

FX Network’s FXHibition
Lawn of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
Thursday July 19th, 12pm – 6pm; Friday July 20th, 10am – 6pm; Saturday July 21st, 10am – 6pm; Sunday July 22nd, 10am – 2pm

Activities inspired by FX shows “Legion,” “American Horror Story,” “Mayans M.C.” and “Archer utilize Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and is open to the public. Fans may register in advance at FXSDCC.com and use NFC on-site to record each moment of their experience, which will be captured in a virtual online gallery.

  • AMERICAN HORROR STORY Eccentricities Gallery: Featuring a collection of art and oddities inspired by AHS lore, the experience is aided by Augmented Reality (AR) technology, which reveals the secrets behind the objects and clues to the series’ upcoming eighth installment.
  • Archer Sound Boxes: Fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get inside the heads of their favorite Archer characters with this whimsical installation by capturing a photo of themselves inside suspended sound boxes adorned with character art. Each sound box features classic sound bites from the show.
  • FX 3D Me: Any fan can become an FX hero: Just by stepping into a state-of-the-art 360-degree scanner that captures your picture from all angles, you’ll be transported into a digital art piece from your favorite show. Participating fans will also have an opportunity to get a physical 3D figurine model of themselves.
  • The LEGION Chamber: The recent Los Angeles-based pop-up art instillation makes its Comic-Con debut, allowing cosplayers the thrilling opportunity to immerse themselves in an audiovisual experience commissioned by the internationally-acclaimed Marco Brambilla Studio. Once inside, participants will find themselves disconnected from the outside world -literally- and fully entrenched in the hypnotic digital realm of David Haller.
  • Mayans M.C. Deconstructed Bike Zone: The ultimate photo-op for biker fans. The deconstructed motorcycle is a bold display to introduce Mayans M.C., the highly-anticipated series from Kurt Sutter, creator of Sons of Anarchy. It will also feature a gallery of other acclaimed artists’ takes on the new series, including El Mac, David Flores and Oscar Magallanes.
  • Sunny the 13th Sunscreen and Water Stations: FX will bring Camp Paddy’s Irish Pub to FXhibition in celebration of the upcoming 13th season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The space will feature playful camp-themed elements including a photo op, sunscreen and water stations.

THE GOOD PLACE” EXPERIENCE
Gaslamp Square (between the Convention Center and Hard Rock Hotel)
Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22, during convention hours

NBC

Comic-Con attendees will immerse themselves in the entertaining and philosophical world of “The Good Place,” where everyone is welcomed into the show’s inspired neighborhood tailored specifically for San Diego Comic-Con. Constructed to remind fans of the show’s hilarious and unforgettable moments, guests will become part of the scene. In addition to the main interactive experience, fans will enjoy a host of exclusive giveaways, a branded digital takeaway, and several custom opportunities to capture photos and videos with some of the most iconic elements from the series. “The Good Place” activation is produced by Oaken Anchor exclusively for NBC. Guests can pre-register online starting Wednesday, July 11 at www.thegoodplacesdcc.com. Each attendee will receive a customized profile and wristband utilizing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology

“MAGNUM P.I.” TAKEOVER
Downtown San Diego near the convention center
Thursday, July 19

CBS will cruise the streets of in a branded Ferrari 488 to promote the return of MAGNUM P.I. Brand ambassadors will distribute red sunglasses and Hawaiian leis.

“PURGE CITY” Emporium
215 Tony Gwynn Drive
Thursday, July 19 – Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, July 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Transporting fans into the world of THE PURGE, “Purge City” is a tongue-in-cheek, one-stop shop for the perfect Purge Night, where friendly “Purge City” staff help visitors browse the aisles for items from emergency candles to masks to energy drinks–to help citizens stay safe and awake for the 12 hours of annual lawlessness.

“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” Mirror Universe Gallery Takeover
Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery, 363 Fifth Avenue, San Diego
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For this fully immersive STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Mirror Universe experience, Comic-Con badges are not required for entry. The exhibit will feature a photo opportunity with Emperor Georgiou’s throne and will showcase props and costumes from the series’ Terran Empire. The gallery will also house an official “Star Trek” shop with Comic-Con exclusives.

“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” PEDICABS
Gaslamp District, downtown San Diego
Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22

Free “intergalactic” rides throughout San Diego’s Gaslamp District in pedicabs inspired by the design of the U.S.S. Discovery’s captain’s chair. The pedicabs will feature the chair’s distinctive stitched black seats as well as video monitors built into its armrests, which in this case will screen trailers for the highly anticipated second season of the show. As an added touch, each vehicle will display an illuminated U.S.S. Discovery delta shield on the back.

SYFY Fan Parties
The New Children’s Museum, 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Beginning at 9:00 p.m.

SYFY’s epic fan parties will return to the Children’s Museum for two nights on Friday and Saturday at 9PM. “You don’t have to be a celeb to get on our guest list,” said Shapiro. “If you’re a fan, we want you to come party with us – on a first-come-first-served basis, of course!”

SYFY MYSTERY BOXES
The New Children’s Museum, 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Before 12:00 Noon

SYFY will partner with hip, high-profile collaborators to create limited edition merchandise, each featuring an original, custom genre-themed design by a famed artist. Limited quantities will be released each Thursday through Saturday mornings at 10AM at the Children’s Museum.

TEAMCOCOHOUSE
327 Fourth Ave in Downtown San Diego
Wednesday, July 18 – Saturday July 21

A daily lineup of comics handpicked by Conan, podcasts, panels, screenings, giveaways and special appearances by friends of Team Coco, as well as O’Brien himself.

  • Wednesday, July 18:

5:00 PM: “Playing Games Podcast with Jimmy Pardo,” a funny and fast-paced pop culture trivia game show hosted by comedian and veteran game show host Jimmy Pardo.
7:00 PM: A rare chance to see India’s biggest comedy star, Vir Das, perform a full hour show.
9:00 PM: Team Coco’s hit LA live show, “Team Coco presents Up & Up with Moses Storm.”
11:00 PM: Nore Davis (“You Guys Are Dope”) will be hosting “Run The Jokes” a showcase of some of Team Coco’s favorite comedians.

  • Thursday, July 19:

3:00 PM: Comedians will poke fun at some of the biggest icons in Science Fiction during “Sci-Fi Comedy Death Match” with Matthew Broussard.
5:00 PM: The Legendary “Kondabolu Brothers” of Queens will record an episode of their popular podcast.
7:00 PM: One of the most exciting comedians working today, 327 Fourth Ave (“I Feel Pretty”) will perform a full hour.
9:00 PM: 327 Fourth Ave will perform stand-up.
11:00 PM: Olan Rogers and Coty Galloway invite you to “Eat-A-Slice with Final Space.”

  • Friday, July 20:

3:00 PM: Hayes Davenport and Sean Clements host “The Hollywood Handbook” podcast
5:00 PM: “Run The Jokes”
7:00 PM: Olan Rogers will host a Final Space Table Read with special guests Tika Sumpter, Tom Kenny, Coty Galloway and others
9:00 PM: Comedians will perform some of their most personal material on Taylor Tomlinson’s “Working It Out”
11:00 PM: Big Jay Oakerson (HBO’s Crashing) is bringing his sellout show, “Big Jay Oakerson’s What’s Your F#@King Deal?” where comedians roast the audience, from New York’s famed Comedy Cellar to San Diego

  • Saturday, July 21:

3:00 PM: “Sci-Fi Comedy Death Match” with Matthew Broussard
5:00 PM: Comedian, author, and actor Moshe Kasher will record a live episode of his podcast, “Hound Tall Discussion”
7:00 PM: “Run The Jokes”
9:00 PM: “Working It Out”
11:00 PM: “Big Jay Oakerson’s What’s Your F#@King Deal?”

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Experience
Located at the corner of 1st Street and Martin Luther King Promenade – directly across from the San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22 during convention hours

At Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan experience, SDCC attendees will step into the world of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and be thrust into a thrilling field assignment that turns them into unexpected heroes. Visitors will complete the Jack Ryan Training Field by infiltrating, fighting and evading the enemy to gain full field clearance. They will then use that training to help Jack Ryan himself in Dark Ops, a groundbreaking escape experience that bring to life the pilot episode Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. Upon completing the Jack Ryan Training Field and Dark Ops, attendees receive a shareable video with personal highlights and photos that they can access after the event at www.jackryanexperience.com-sdcc.

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Sure there’s plenty to do at San Diego Comic-Con this week, but what happens if you decide you need a break from panels and looking for back issues? Plenty more, as it happens.

From TV show-branded activations to live comedy shows, even art shows, and best of all, a lot of it is open even to people who weren’t lucky enough to win the lottery and secure a badge for SDCC 2018.

Comedy lovers will be able to join Conan O’Brien at the TeamCocoHouse pop-up comedy club beginning on Wednesday with events through Saturday. Meanwhile, Purge fans can cleanse their souls at the “Purge Emporium.” And you’ll be able to watch two episodes of the upcoming season of “The Venture Bros.”

Plus, Fans of “The Good Place” can visit heaven on earth — or is it hell? — at a re-creation of NBC comedy’s first season setting in the Gaslamp district.

Check out more details and see the list of activations and events below (updated as needed). For the full schedule of panels, see our post here.

Adult Swim Camp
5th Avenue Landing and Convention Way
Every day from 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

  • Thursday

8:00 p.m. – “Things You’ve Never Seen” Screening A night of specials and original pilots brought to fans by SNICKERS.

10:00 p.m. – Last Stream on the Left Live! A live broadcast of popular podcast

11:00 p.m. – Let’s Play Pool Panic Live! Join Adult Swim Games for a late-night of gameplay and friendly multiplayer competition.

  • Friday

8:00 p.m. – AS Cosplay Competition Hosted by Henry Zebrowski  We invite cosplayers to show off their inspired creations, don their best Adult Swim themed garb and strut their stuff! Awards will be passed out and bragging rights will last a lifetime.

8:30 p.m. –  The Venture Bros. Fan Event Fans will watch two episodes from the new season of The Venture Bros. Creators Doc Hammer and Jackson Public on hand to reveal secrets of the new season in a special Q&A session.

10:00 p.m. – Let’s Play Pool Panic Live! Join Adult Swim Games for a late-night of gameplay and friendly multiplayer competition.

  • Saturday

7:15 p.m. – Toonami Pre-Flight to with TOM and SARA – Get behind-the-scenes info from show hosts Jason DeMarco and Gill Austin, Steve Blum (voice of TOM) and Dana Swanson (voice of SARA).

8:15 p.m. – The Pillows Live In Concert – A event not to be missed! Special live concert to celebrate the new seasons of FLCL.

10:00 p.m. – Rick and Morty Fan Event – The fan favorite show is back for a special event! Admission is extremely limited so fans should register at AdultSwimPresents.com for details on how to receive event wristbands.

Alpha Book Club Happy Hour, presented by Nerdist
Sparks Gallery 530 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Thursday, July 19,7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Description:  Join Maude Garrett, Hector Navarro, and Rachel Heine for a glass of wine with the ABC gang! Alpha Book Club Happy Hour is free and open to the public. Alpha members will receive exclusive Fast Pass and Priority Access wristbands.

Alpha After Dark Party with The Kraken Rum, presented by Nerdist
Fluxx 500 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Thursday, July 19, 9:00 p.m. – 1: 00 a.m.

Description:  Alpha & The Kraken Rum return to San Diego Comic Con for their exclusive Alpha After Dark Party. Alpha members will enjoy a curated evening of music by DJ Franki Chan of IHEARTCOMIX, the opportunity to receive personalized Kraken-inspired portraits by famed graphic artists Tom Hodges and Tony Parker, and custom signature Kraken Rum cocktails! Invites are limited to Alpha members; non-members can sign up for Alpha at www.projectalpha.comFans will want to attend the party to see what The Kraken unleashes at SDCC this year!

CBS COMEDY CARS
Gaslamp district, downtown San Diego
Throughout the day from Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22

Complimentary rides throughout the Gaslamp District in branded electric cars. Featured shows will include the new fall comedies THE NEIGHBORHOOD and HAPPY TOGETHER. Trailers of the series will be screened for the passengers in those cars as well. Brand ambassadors will distribute giveaways making their debut at Comic-Con, including a variety of collectable emoji squeezies for THE NEIGHBORHOOD and HAPPY TOGETHER.

AMC Dead Quarters –
Martin Luther King Promenade, in front of the Hilton Gaslamp Hotel (4th Avenue and L Street, across from the convention center)
Thurs-Sat, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m; Sunday 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m

The zombie-centric fan zone returns to Comic-Con for fans of “The Walking Dead” and “Fear The Walking Dead.”

FX Network’s FXHibition
Lawn of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
Thursday July 19th, 12pm – 6pm; Friday July 20th, 10am – 6pm; Saturday July 21st, 10am – 6pm; Sunday July 22nd, 10am – 2pm

Activities inspired by FX shows “Legion,” “American Horror Story,” “Mayans M.C.” and “Archer utilize Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and is open to the public. Fans may register in advance at FXSDCC.com and use NFC on-site to record each moment of their experience, which will be captured in a virtual online gallery.

  • AMERICAN HORROR STORY Eccentricities Gallery: Featuring a collection of art and oddities inspired by AHS lore, the experience is aided by Augmented Reality (AR) technology, which reveals the secrets behind the objects and clues to the series’ upcoming eighth installment.
  • Archer Sound Boxes: Fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get inside the heads of their favorite Archer characters with this whimsical installation by capturing a photo of themselves inside suspended sound boxes adorned with character art. Each sound box features classic sound bites from the show.
  • FX 3D Me: Any fan can become an FX hero: Just by stepping into a state-of-the-art 360-degree scanner that captures your picture from all angles, you’ll be transported into a digital art piece from your favorite show. Participating fans will also have an opportunity to get a physical 3D figurine model of themselves.
  • The LEGION Chamber: The recent Los Angeles-based pop-up art instillation makes its Comic-Con debut, allowing cosplayers the thrilling opportunity to immerse themselves in an audiovisual experience commissioned by the internationally-acclaimed Marco Brambilla Studio. Once inside, participants will find themselves disconnected from the outside world -literally- and fully entrenched in the hypnotic digital realm of David Haller.
  • Mayans M.C. Deconstructed Bike Zone: The ultimate photo-op for biker fans. The deconstructed motorcycle is a bold display to introduce Mayans M.C., the highly-anticipated series from Kurt Sutter, creator of Sons of Anarchy. It will also feature a gallery of other acclaimed artists’ takes on the new series, including El Mac, David Flores and Oscar Magallanes.
  • Sunny the 13th Sunscreen and Water Stations: FX will bring Camp Paddy’s Irish Pub to FXhibition in celebration of the upcoming 13th season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The space will feature playful camp-themed elements including a photo op, sunscreen and water stations.

THE GOOD PLACE” EXPERIENCE
Gaslamp Square (between the Convention Center and Hard Rock Hotel)
Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22, during convention hours

NBC

Comic-Con attendees will immerse themselves in the entertaining and philosophical world of “The Good Place,” where everyone is welcomed into the show’s inspired neighborhood tailored specifically for San Diego Comic-Con. Constructed to remind fans of the show’s hilarious and unforgettable moments, guests will become part of the scene. In addition to the main interactive experience, fans will enjoy a host of exclusive giveaways, a branded digital takeaway, and several custom opportunities to capture photos and videos with some of the most iconic elements from the series. “The Good Place” activation is produced by Oaken Anchor exclusively for NBC. Guests can pre-register online starting Wednesday, July 11 at www.thegoodplacesdcc.com. Each attendee will receive a customized profile and wristband utilizing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology

“MAGNUM P.I.” TAKEOVER
Downtown San Diego near the convention center
Thursday, July 19

CBS will cruise the streets of in a branded Ferrari 488 to promote the return of MAGNUM P.I. Brand ambassadors will distribute red sunglasses and Hawaiian leis.

“PURGE CITY” Emporium
215 Tony Gwynn Drive
Thursday, July 19 – Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, July 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Transporting fans into the world of THE PURGE, “Purge City” is a tongue-in-cheek, one-stop shop for the perfect Purge Night, where friendly “Purge City” staff help visitors browse the aisles for items from emergency candles to masks to energy drinks–to help citizens stay safe and awake for the 12 hours of annual lawlessness.

“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” Mirror Universe Gallery Takeover
Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery, 363 Fifth Avenue, San Diego
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For this fully immersive STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Mirror Universe experience, Comic-Con badges are not required for entry. The exhibit will feature a photo opportunity with Emperor Georgiou’s throne and will showcase props and costumes from the series’ Terran Empire. The gallery will also house an official “Star Trek” shop with Comic-Con exclusives.

“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” PEDICABS
Gaslamp District, downtown San Diego
Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22

Free “intergalactic” rides throughout San Diego’s Gaslamp District in pedicabs inspired by the design of the U.S.S. Discovery’s captain’s chair. The pedicabs will feature the chair’s distinctive stitched black seats as well as video monitors built into its armrests, which in this case will screen trailers for the highly anticipated second season of the show. As an added touch, each vehicle will display an illuminated U.S.S. Discovery delta shield on the back.

SYFY Fan Parties
The New Children’s Museum, 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Beginning at 9:00 p.m.

SYFY’s epic fan parties will return to the Children’s Museum for two nights on Friday and Saturday at 9PM. “You don’t have to be a celeb to get on our guest list,” said Shapiro. “If you’re a fan, we want you to come party with us – on a first-come-first-served basis, of course!”

SYFY MYSTERY BOXES
The New Children’s Museum, 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Before 12:00 Noon

SYFY will partner with hip, high-profile collaborators to create limited edition merchandise, each featuring an original, custom genre-themed design by a famed artist. Limited quantities will be released each Thursday through Saturday mornings at 10AM at the Children’s Museum.

TEAMCOCOHOUSE
327 Fourth Ave in Downtown San Diego
Wednesday, July 18 – Saturday July 21

A daily lineup of comics handpicked by Conan, podcasts, panels, screenings, giveaways and special appearances by friends of Team Coco, as well as O’Brien himself.

  • Wednesday, July 18:

5:00 PM: “Playing Games Podcast with Jimmy Pardo,” a funny and fast-paced pop culture trivia game show hosted by comedian and veteran game show host Jimmy Pardo.
7:00 PM: A rare chance to see India’s biggest comedy star, Vir Das, perform a full hour show.
9:00 PM: Team Coco’s hit LA live show, “Team Coco presents Up & Up with Moses Storm.”
11:00 PM: Nore Davis (“You Guys Are Dope”) will be hosting “Run The Jokes” a showcase of some of Team Coco’s favorite comedians.

  • Thursday, July 19:

3:00 PM: Comedians will poke fun at some of the biggest icons in Science Fiction during “Sci-Fi Comedy Death Match” with Matthew Broussard.
5:00 PM: The Legendary “Kondabolu Brothers” of Queens will record an episode of their popular podcast.
7:00 PM: One of the most exciting comedians working today, 327 Fourth Ave (“I Feel Pretty”) will perform a full hour.
9:00 PM: 327 Fourth Ave will perform stand-up.
11:00 PM: Olan Rogers and Coty Galloway invite you to “Eat-A-Slice with Final Space.”

  • Friday, July 20:

3:00 PM: Hayes Davenport and Sean Clements host “The Hollywood Handbook” podcast
5:00 PM: “Run The Jokes”
7:00 PM: Olan Rogers will host a Final Space Table Read with special guests Tika Sumpter, Tom Kenny, Coty Galloway and others
9:00 PM: Comedians will perform some of their most personal material on Taylor Tomlinson’s “Working It Out”
11:00 PM: Big Jay Oakerson (HBO’s Crashing) is bringing his sellout show, “Big Jay Oakerson’s What’s Your F#@King Deal?” where comedians roast the audience, from New York’s famed Comedy Cellar to San Diego

  • Saturday, July 21:

3:00 PM: “Sci-Fi Comedy Death Match” with Matthew Broussard
5:00 PM: Comedian, author, and actor Moshe Kasher will record a live episode of his podcast, “Hound Tall Discussion”
7:00 PM: “Run The Jokes”
9:00 PM: “Working It Out”
11:00 PM: “Big Jay Oakerson’s What’s Your F#@King Deal?”

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Experience
Located at the corner of 1st Street and Martin Luther King Promenade – directly across from the San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22 during convention hours

At Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan experience, SDCC attendees will step into the world of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and be thrust into a thrilling field assignment that turns them into unexpected heroes. Visitors will complete the Jack Ryan Training Field by infiltrating, fighting and evading the enemy to gain full field clearance. They will then use that training to help Jack Ryan himself in Dark Ops, a groundbreaking escape experience that bring to life the pilot episode Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. Upon completing the Jack Ryan Training Field and Dark Ops, attendees receive a shareable video with personal highlights and photos that they can access after the event at www.jackryanexperience.com-sdcc.

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Conan Buys His Assistant a ‘Horrible, Horrible’ New Car: ‘It’s So Gross’ (Video)

Don’t ever say Conan O’Brien hasn’t done anything for you, Sona Movsesian. On Thursday, the “Conan” host helped his assistant buy a new car, and in the end, he presented her with something she definitely didn’t want.

After searching AutoTrader together for everything from a modest Subaru to a totally ridiculous $2 million Bugatti, O’Brien insisted Sona check out what she dubbed a “murder car.” And then he bought it for her.

Listed for $1,000, the TBS personality got a killer deal at $500. Conan eventually presented his longtime employee with the dusty, filthy P.O.S. on television. Done up all nice for the TV cameras and Burbank, California studio audience, Sona wanted nothing to do with it.

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“Can I get out?” Sona asks her boss on-air after trying out his awful gift. “It’s so gross.”

“It’s a horrible, horrible car,” O’Brien admits.

Watch the video above.

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Don’t ever say Conan O’Brien hasn’t done anything for you, Sona Movsesian. On Thursday, the “Conan” host helped his assistant buy a new car, and in the end, he presented her with something she definitely didn’t want.

After searching AutoTrader together for everything from a modest Subaru to a totally ridiculous $2 million Bugatti, O’Brien insisted Sona check out what she dubbed a “murder car.” And then he bought it for her.

Listed for $1,000, the TBS personality got a killer deal at $500. Conan eventually presented his longtime employee with the dusty, filthy P.O.S. on television. Done up all nice for the TV cameras and Burbank, California studio audience, Sona wanted nothing to do with it.

“Can I get out?” Sona asks her boss on-air after trying out his awful gift. “It’s so gross.”

“It’s a horrible, horrible car,” O’Brien admits.

Watch the video above.

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Late-Night Hosts Take Shots at Trump’s NATO Summit Performance

On Wednesday night late-night hosts recapped NATO summit in monologues that slammed the president for statements they deemed hypocritical.read more


On Wednesday night late-night hosts recapped NATO summit in monologues that slammed the president for statements they deemed hypocritical.

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