"Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you are kind, amazing things will happen."
Conan O’Brien (1963- )
A native of Brookline and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where he served as president of the Harvard Lampoon, O’Brien was a writer for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons before hosting the variety shows Late Night and, briefly, The Tonight Show. The two-time Emmy award winner now hosts Conan on TBS and often appears in cameo roles on other comedy shows such as The Colbert Report, The Daily Show and 30 Rock. An avid guitarist who has played with Bruce Springsteen, O’Brien is also an anti-hunger activist and often speaks against the corrosive effects of cynicism.