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June 25th, 2012
03:41 PM ET

Conan O'Brien on comedy: "The benchmark, for me, is trying to make my dad laugh or trying to make my brothers laugh at the table"

Coming up this evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" raises the bar – and lowers the chair – welcoming all six feet and four inches of comedian and talk show host Conan O'Brien for an exclusive face to face conversation.

Having had his own program for the better part of the last two decades, the 49-year-old O'Brien has invited a wide-ranging group of guests to join him on television. However, persuading him to appear across from another host, is no easy task:

"I've been trying to lure you for like, you know, 18 months," reveals Piers Morgan. "I had to appear on your show endlessly in a desperate attempt to - to lure you in."

"I don't do a lot because, think about it, I'm on television constantly. Since 1993, I'm on TV for a chunk of time every day," explains O'Brien. "I'm not looking for more ways to be on television."

Having begun his career as a writer for such programs as NBC's "Saturday Night Live," and FOX's "The Simpson's," the two-time Emmy Award winner recalls focusing on earning laughs at an early age:

"It starts with the family. I'm - I'm from a large Irish-Catholic family and trying - the benchmark, for me, is trying to make my dad laugh or trying to make my brothers laugh at the table when we were having meals together."

Watch the clip and tune in this evening at 9 p.m. as the Bostonian and Brit talk television, family, and more.
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  1. Griff.

    "So, who/where is the real Pierce Morgan, and what poor little lamb is he hiding behind tonight?"

    June 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Lisa sidhu

    At the end of the day what matters?..., ice cream and cookies or world peace?

    June 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Pacific Sun

    Conan O'Brien. Nice guy. Regular guy. Very respectful, etc. Happy for he and his fans for his own show. But Piers, sorry, THE most boring interview ever!

    June 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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