Conan O’Brien Show

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Yesterday we had the pleasure to attend the Conan O’Brien show. The show is filmed at Warner Bros. And because of my bum ankle, we were lucky to get shuttled around Warner Bros., getting a little private tour while the rest of the crowd waited an hour or so in the audience line.

During our little tour, we got to see the set to many shows and movies. We learned they reuse prop houses and streets for many different shows and/or movies. They don’t waste space, either. The back to all of these houses are buildings to other homes of other characters in the show, or a shooting spot for other TV shows. For instance, we saw a space that was used to shoot Two and a Half Men, while another side was used for The Big Bang Theory.

This house was used as Phoebe's dad's house in Friends. This is also used as one of the character's house in Pretty Little Liars.

This house was used as Phoebe’s dad’s house in Friends. This is also used as one of the character’s house in Pretty Little Liars.

House used in Gilmore Girls.

House used in Gilmore Girls. Behind the house to the right, you’ll see a little bit of Rosewood High School used in Pretty Little Liars, and the other side of the high school is the City Hall and of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, among other fake cities.

It’s also amazing how they can turn their fake streets to simulate a real setting (they have created quite a few cities on premise). In The Last Samurai, they turned their “New York” area into Tokyo. It took them three months to create the set, but it only took them a week to tear it all down and back to The Big Apple.

"New York" area: fake subway stations and theaters used in movies, commercials, and shows.

“New York” area: fake subway stations and theaters used in movies, commercials, and shows. In the way back, you’ll see the rusted “L” subway station in Chicago for the TV show ER.

This building was used in Minority Report and The Mask. The trees "planted" there were brought in for  movie, Don't Mess With the Zohan.

This building was used in Minority Report and The Mask. The trees “planted” here were brought in for movie, Don’t Mess With The Zohan. These trees are not actually planted, but are in pots. They can be removed and other props, such as street lamps, can be inserted into the concrete as needed for other shows/movies.

This was turned into Vegas for some parts of Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen. The fake brick building was the used in the movie where the diamond heist occurred. Also, the lawn was converted to the top of the building for when they landed the helicopter on top.

This was turned into Vegas for some parts of Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen. The fake brick building was used in the movie where the diamond heist occurred. Also, the lawn was converted as a top of a building for the landing of the helicopter in the movie.

There are also many stages where TV shows are filmed. Stages will often have dedicated shows filmed at that location. Some stages will have numerous shows filmed there, while one stage can be dedicated to just one show.

Friends Stage. Previously used for filming Full House.

Friends Stage. Previously used for filming Full House.

Unfortunately when it was time to get seated for the Conan show, we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside. But on the bright side, because of my ankle, we got seated in the front row. When Andy Richter came out to his podium at the beginning of the show, I was sitting right next to where he was standing. And because the whole set was a lot smaller in person than the actual show, we got to see the band, Conan, Andy, and the guests close-up. They interacted with the crowd before the show started and during commercial breaks. Not a boring moment and time sure does fly.

We were super excited to see Conan. He’s just as silly and funny in person. If you’re a fan, it’s a no-brainer this is worth your time. The guests we saw weren’t ones we were so excited to see, but it was still cool to see them: Howie Mandel, Christina Hendricks, and comedian Rob Gleeson. Then as a surprise towards the end, Conan told us they were going to film another guest for next Thursday’s show. That celebrity turned out to be Tracy Morgan. We were thrilled. If you watch the show next Thursday, you’ll find this interview of TM hilarious.

The show was an awesome experience and it was interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes. If you’re visiting LA, try getting tickets if you have time because it’s definitely a fun and exciting experience.

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