字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント - I think the secret to my career is, I don't know what I can't do. These things happen to you, and you think you've been dealt a terrible hand, or you've had bad luck, and when you just go with it, you just start improvising, suddenly you realize that you stumble upon some of the best things that have ever happened to you. Or success is a little like a white tuxedo, it looks good, but you're very afraid of getting it dirty. And it can inhibit you. - He's an American TV show host, comedy writer, and television producer. He's best known for hosting several late night talk shows. Since 2010, he's hosted Conan on the cable channel TBS. He's Conan O'Brien, and here's my take on his top 10 rules to success. Rule number two is my personal favorite. And make sure to stick around all the way until the end for some special bonus clips. And as always, if he says something that really resonates with you, make sure to leave it in the comments below and put quotes around it, so other people can be inspired as well. - I think the secret to my career is, I don't know what I can't do. There are times when I should probably sit and think, do I really want to jump out there with Phillip Seymore, I mean with John C. Reilly, and sing The Night Chicago Died? Or do I really want to play the blues with Lil' Ed? And you just do it. You just do these things. - [Charlie] And the audience wants you to do these things? - Yeah, I think what's, I don't know what it is, but I think over the years people have gotten comfortable with the notion that I try things. - [Charlie] It's almost put to (mumbles). - And they're not worried about me. Do you know what I mean? I think that's the key. People aren't worried about me getting hurt. I'll give it 100%, and then if it completely falls on its face, I'll laugh about it and move on. And I think there's a little bit of a sense, after all these years, people say, "All right, he tried it. "Maybe it worked, maybe it didn't work, "but he had a good time." - And for you, you can come back the next night, and the next night, and the next night? - Yeah, I mean that's, I don't know. Over the years I've realized that there are a lot of comedians that are very worried about keeping their dignity intact, and keeping their personal space, and keep their sense of authority. And for better or worse, and it might be worse, I don't have that. Do you know what I mean? The people that I've always liked growing up, and I'm not just talking about late night, I'm talking about anybody in movie, in film. The people I liked, Peter Sellers, they-- - [Charlie] Would let it all hang out? - They just go. If you look at a lot of those old classic Carson clips, he's jumping into hot tubs with Don Rickles, he's jumping through fake walls, he's falling on his ass, he's dressed as Floyd Turbo. So sometimes I look back to that. And I remembered, "Well, Johnny just went for it." So for better or worse, I'll try. I'll get out there. I'm very physical. My wife is always horrified. I'm always coming out of the shower just covered in bruises. And she'll say, "What was that?" And I'll say, "Oh, I did a bit. "We had Jeff Garlin on the show, "and he and I rolled down a flight of steps. "And I hit a fire hydrant." What astounds me is how many young people come up to me and say, "Conan, someday I'm going to be on your show." - [Charlie] Me too. - And I say, "What is it you do?" They don't know. That's the crazy thing. Most people, it's the Paris Hilton phenomenon, they just want to be famous. And they've actually seen it work. They've seen someone get incredibly famous for just being famous. So that's a little unsettling sometimes. But mostly, what I've noticed, or what I would say to people is, "You've got to go to where they're making the thing "that you like, and then work there in any capacity." "If you have to get coffee for somebody, "if you have to hold a cable, "if you have to stand there and volunteer, "go to where they're making the thing that you, "that moves you, that gets you excited, "and try and get close to it." I mean, I remembered for years I was aware that I'm not doing the thing that is going to be my life's work, but I'm close. I couldn't even tell you exactly what it was, but I knew I was close. Do you know what I mean? I knew when I was a writer at Saturday Night Live, "This isn't quite it, but I'm close." I knew when I was a writer in the Simpsons, "This is further way from it than I was at Saturday Night Live." I knew that I liked being around the live performing. So I knew when I was close. And that's what I tell them, is just go there and don't have any ego about it. There's so many channels now, so many stations. - [Charlie] That's exactly what I tell them. And just get in the arena is the idea. I mean, if you get it, 80% or 90% of it is getting in the arena. - Get in there and do it. And eventually, the Brownian movement of molecules, eventually you getting in there and putting yourself out there. If you have something to offer, someone's going to see it at some point, and you're off and running. So many people come up to me and say, "Now that you've made it, "don't you just want to stick it to some of those people?" And I think no. Because they weren't wrong, we had our problems in the beginning. This had to be a long process, that's just the way it had to be. And I prefer it this way. I was raised Irish Catholic. I had a sense of wanting to earn it. And there was nothing that was more difficult than being proclaimed Letterman's successor, and having everybody have this uneasy sense of, "Who is he? "Should he have this?" - "And what has he ever done?" - "And what has he ever done? "And why does he get to do this?" And maybe this whole process was just necessary. This was my way of earning it. And I think a lot of the confidence I have on the air now is because I went through a very difficult period, and there's nobody out there who can say, "Gee, he had it easy." I mean, I'm famous for having to overcome a lot of obstacles in front of people on the air. And so I'm comfortable with the way it all worked out. - When did you decide you could professionally silly? Did you get a glimmer of that at Harvard, that you were taking Cairo? - Yeah, well the Lampoon was a big influence because I was, you don't learn to be funny, you don't learn to be silly. A lot of what you are or who you are, in some respects is decided, I think, early in life. You get the basic ingredients. To me, when I was a kid, and I think we all do this in one way or another, I ran through the list, "What do I have? "What do I have? "What are my skills that will help me?" A, not get picked on or beaten up. And that's in my own family. And B, that maybe get the attention of that girl I like. Those are the things that are operating on you in this very elemental level. Those are the things that you're thinking about when you're young, and you're a kid. "Am I good athlete?" No, I was a terrible athlete. "Was I incredibly good looking, and all the girls liked me?" No. I had this laundry list of things I would go through, and then I had this one thing, which was I could make people laugh. And so what happens, I think, you find the thing you're good at, and in my case it was so glaring. It's not like there were a million other things. There was this one thing. And if I had been a pretty good baseball player, I wouldn't be here today. So I kept hyper-developing. You could say I was hyper-developing a defense mechanism. And if you look at a lot of artists out there, that's probably what a lot of them are doing. My father, who is here, and is a brilliant guy, once said to me, "I get it now. "You're making your living off of something "that should probably be treated." (Conan and audience laughs) And he's right. And then a tear. But a wealthy tear. Not important. Don't pursue wealth. (audience laughs) But that is something that I think many of us do, in one respect or another, is we double down on the thing that we have, that we have to offer. - You don't consider yourself in the late night war, so to speak, because you're on at 12:30 rather than 11:00 or 11:30? - I don't feel that, sometimes I'll bump into someone on the street, and they'll say, "Hey, good luck in your war against Dave." And I'll think, "I have no problem." I'm on after Dave. He's doing a good show. And I wish him well. And I'm not in competition with him. Sometimes I'll see cartoons in the newspaper of I'm wearing boxing gloves, and Dave's wearing boxing gloves, and I think, "I'm not--" - [Charlie] You're not in the same place." - "I'm not boxing anybody." But no, I don't really feel like I'm, I don't feel like I'm in competition with anyone else. I most of all feel like I'm in competition with myself to do the best show I can do. The last three and a half months has been all improvisation. The groundswell of internet support from a lot of young people that are in this room completely took my network by surprise, they don't know what hit them. I think there's a lot of people in broadcast television that are very dismissive, or have been very dismissive about the internet, and they're all so afraid of it. And they tend to deride what they don't understand. So when this explosion happened on the internet, when they announced that, "Well, okay, maybe we're going to slide Conan "over to accommodate this other gentleman "who's having difficulties in another time period." And I won't get into specifics, you'll have to look it up.