My name is Alison Flierl (Alie for short). My goals remain the same as when I was five: to be a mermaid and a writer. I co-created the hit web series "TV Guide Letter Theater," have a new entertainment podcast (available on iTunes, called "2 Degrees of Alie") and I work at #Conan.
In this episode, I have the immense pleasure and honor of talking about comedy with “Conan” writer/actors Brian McCann and Brian Stack. Both guys are two of the most hilarious men you will ever meet. Stack and McCann both started in the improv world in Chicago and from there got hired to write on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” They’ve created and portrayed some of the most memorable characters on late night TV. We cover many topics from performing at Improv Olympic in Chicago to talking to Walter Cronkite while dressed as Frankenstein to having one’s bare ass on national television.
BRIAN MCCANN’S BIO
Brian McCann is a brilliant writer/performer who has had an extremely successful career in television and film. Brian Stack is jealous of this.
BRIAN STACK’S BIO
Brian Stack has been with Conan since ’97, and has played such characters as The Interrupter, The Ghost Crooner, and Frankenstein. He performed at Chicago’s Second City for 4 years, and still performs regularly at UCB and IO-West. He has also appeared on “30 Rock,” “The Office,” and “Eagleheart.”
“If you’re in this business and haven’t experienced profound pain at some point, you’re not doing it right. I strongly believe that.”
“Dressing rooms can deflate you no matter who you are,” he says. “Bob Newhart once said there’s always a piece of brown lettuce on the floor no matter where you go. And, you’re always 30 seconds away from an audience who doesn’t give a shit.”