A few years ago, after the Tonight Show-Jay Leno controversy, Conan was the subject of this engrossing doc called Can't Stop, which was pretty much the epitome of a movie you'd lazily pull up on Netflix stream on Saturday morning. The film followed a bearded Conan as he travels the country on his "Legally Prohibited to be on Television" Tour, and you watch the hurried brainstorming sessions, the nerves that overtake a group of neurotic TV writers as they try to write a live show, and then, as the shows pile up, Conan look more and more exhausted and out-of-it as he meets various fans and celebrities backstage. What killed me about these later interactions was how mean Conan got—and how funny it is for everyone who's not the butt of the joke. When 30 Rock's Jack MacBrayer, who actually worked on Late Night, visits in Atlanta, Conan turns into this enormous asshole, destroying MacBrayer every time he opens his "hillbilly" mouth. He shows him the bathroom: "That's called the toilet, Jack!" He plays the piano. "This is a song I wrote for Jack MacBrayer. You stupid hick, you were born in shit..." Etc. MacBrayer, for his part, doesn't look pleased.
My point is that, in an era of soft, non-threatening late night hosts like Jimmy Fallon—who you'd never imagine ripping apart someone in the name of comedy—it's still funny to watch someone get really mean. Which Conan does perfectly in this clip, taken at E3:
(Also: This quote? "This is something they don't tell you. You think it's going to be all guys. There's gorgeous women everywhere. It's blowing my mind." Ah, they're paid to be there, Conan.)
[H/T: Team Coco]