Start off your New Year’s Even celebrations with this classic clip from Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
There are only a few hours left in 2019 and that means many people are getting ready to head out celebrating the start of 2020. It’s exciting to look ahead to the new year but it can be just as important to take a look back. In this case, we’re looking all the way back to 1998 and a classic Late Night with Conan O’Brien sketch.
In recent years, Conan has celebrated New Year’s by going over some audience member resolutions. While plenty of late night shows turn to the live studio audience to include in bits, nobody is quite as ruthless as when Conan O’Brien and his staff turn the cameras the other way.
Perhaps that tough love from O’Brien can be traced back to the Late Night days. It was in 1998 that the tables were turned and it was O’Brien who was trying to place nice while a special someone in the audience unleashed some anger on the comedian.
And it wasn’t just any old audience member that turned on Conan. It was sidekick Andy Richter’s little sister, played by Amy Poehler. Poehler appeared in a number of Late Night sketches before joining Saturday Night Live but none were as memorable as her turn as little Stacy Richter.
It is always an impressive energy that Poehler ramps up to in these sketches. This was one of the few that didn’t end with her flying over the desk to tackle Conan. But that must be the only viable response when your crush turns down an invite to your New Year’s Eve party.
This sketch is one of the reasons Last Night On is hoping that Poehler shows up on an episode of “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” in 2020. Between these Late Night sketches, both growing up outside Boston, and both working at Saturday Night Live, the two would have a lot to talk about on the podcast. Here’s hoping O’Brien makes up for skipping out on the New Year’s party by inviting Amy, aka Stacy, to the podcast.
If you’re hosting a New Year’s party tonight, hopefully it turns out better than Stacy’s did back in 1998. And if you were invited to one, hopefully you don’t have to cancel on anyone special. Enjoy the night and be sure to check back in with Last Night On for more from the world of late night television.