Conan O'Brien got serious on last night's show to address the attack on Charlie Hebdo and comedy in general.

Conan O'Brien got serious on last night's show to address the attack on Charlie Hebdo and comedy in general.
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Conan O'Brien has been a late-night host for almost 22 years, but before that, before The Simpsons and SNL, O'Brien was the editor-in-chief of the satirical college magazine, The Harvard Lampoon. He has been in the poking-fun business for a long time, but in his statement last night on his show, he sounds more like the kind of idealistic kid who would become one of the only two-term editors-in-chief in the Lampoon's history (his sophomore and junior years) than a cynical pro. A tragedy like this makes one reflect on why comedy is important, and it's clear he's thought of it for a long time.

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If you haven't seen it yet, I also wrote about Jon Stewart's reaction to the event, and why it's sad that comedy still requires bravery.

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