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Conan's 'Uphill Climb' To Late-Night Throne

When O'Brien took over for David Letterman on NBC's Late Night, he had virtually no on-air experience. In a 2003 interview, O'Brien tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his efforts to fill Letterman's shoes and how his Irish-Catholic repression fuels his comedy.

41:34

Bill Hader On Sketch Comedy, Classic Hollywood.

This weekend will be Hader's final romp on Saturday Night Live. He joined the cast in 2005 and has been nominated for an Emmy for his character Stefon, an obsessive clubgoer. Hader talks about not understanding how people do standup and about watching old films, which sparked his interest in Hollywood.

This interview was originally broadcast on Aug. 22, 2012.

08:50

Tina Fey: Sarah Palin And 'Saturday Night' Satire.

Fey's impersonation of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin helped draw record audiences to Saturday Night Live in the fall of 2008. The former head writer for SNL opens up about politics, satire and her Emmy Award-winning sitcom, 30 Rock, which will have its series finale on January 31.

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 3, 2008.

51:15

Bill Hader On Sketch Comedy, Classic Hollywood.

This weekend will be Hader's final romp on Saturday Night Live. He joined the cast in 2005 and has been nominated for an Emmy for his character Stefon, an obsessive clubgoer. Hader talks about not understanding how people do standup and about watching old films, which sparked his interest in Hollywood.

42:03

Going In '50/50' On A Cancer Comedy, With Laughs.

Screenwriter Will Reiser coped with his cancer diagnosis by thinking up ideas for cancer comedy movies with his best friend, actor Seth Rogen. Rogen and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt now star in a film based on Reiser's life. Both Gordon-Levitt and Reiser join Fresh Air for a conversation about the film.

This interview was originally broadcast on September 28, 2011. 50/50 is now available on DVD.

20:04

Comedian Carol Leifer Looks In The Mirror.

Comedian Carol Leifer has written for Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, The Ellen Show, and Saturday Night Live. She talks to Fresh Air about her career in comedy, her coming out story, and her memoir, When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win.

This interview was first broadcast on April 23, 2009.

43:35

Wilmore Shines as 'Senior Black Correspondent'

Larry Wilmore, jokingly billed as "Senior Black Correspondent" on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, worked as a writer on In Living Color and The PJ's before getting his fake-news-show gig.

Wilmore also created The Bernie Mac Show.

07:53

Actor and Comedian Larry David

David is co-executive producer, star, and writer of the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He was also the co-creator, former executive producer, and one of the writers of Seinfeld. The character of George — Jerry Seinfeld's neurotic best friend — was based on David. Original airdate: January 2, 1992.)

42:47

'The Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening

Rock, pop, jazz and Bart Simpson. We talk with writer and cartoonist Matt Groening. Before The Simpsons, Futurama and Life in Hell, he was a rock critic. Now he's edited an anthology collecting 2003's best music writing.

07:57

T.V. Week: Secrets of Talk Shows.

Former late-night talk show host Dick Cavett. He got his start writing gags for Jack Parr, when Parr was the host of The Tonight Show. Cavett then went the route of the standup comic, and in 1968 landed a morning talk show gig. Eventually he hosted his own late-night talk show opposite The Tonight Show which ran on ABC until 1975. From 1977-1982 he hosted The Dick Cavett Show five times a week on PBS. (REBROADCAST from 9/24/85)

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