NEW YORK, NY (KWWL) -- A late night icon will make his swan song tonight on NBC.
Conan O'Brien's last "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" show runs tonight from New York at 11:30 p.m. on KWWL-DT.
Back in 1993 when O'Brien took over "Late Night", no one knew who he was.
Asked if he remembered what it was like when he did his first show, Conan said, "Most people would think, 'Oh my god, you must have been so nervous.' I remember relief that we're finally getting to do this show. I was announced in April and the show went on the air September 13, so I was a famous person, but for no reason."
O'Brien survived some early roasting by critics and viewers by doing something that, in TV, is easier said than done.
"It took me a while through just sheer repetition to learn how to be myself," said Conan.
O'Brien's been goofing around night after night for 16 years.
And among his favorite moments, a holiday visit from "The Boss".
"Just before we went on and he said, 'Conan get your jazz box' because I play guitar. And I was like, 'What?' And he says, 'Get your jazz box', which is his cool way of saying your acoustic guitar. So, I grabbed my acoustic guitar and got up on stage with them, and got to play with them, and we shared a microphone. That's a picture now that I have that I'll never forget."
Everyone's talking about you taking over "The Tonight Show" from Jay, how does it feel for you to be handing over the keys to Jimmy Fallon?
"It's weird. I've thought about this show, the late night show, night and day for 16 years," said Conan. "And then suddenly, some punk kid shows up and says I'm going take over now. Good job old man, move along, and it's a little strange."
Stranger still will be when this east coast guy heads to California in June to host "The Tonight Show."
"Man, I don't belong there. So I think it should be funny," said O'Brien.
His fans would expect no less.
Conan's final "Late Night" show is tonight at 11:30 p.m. on KWWL-DT. "Saturday Night Live" alum Jimmy Fallon takes over the show on Monday, March 2nd.
Then Conan moves to "The Tonight Show" starting Monday, June 2nd following Jay Leno's final show on Friday, May 29th.
No word yet on the premiere date for Jay's new 9 p.m. primetime show, but it will likely be in late August or early September.
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