Sona Movsesian co-hosts the podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend (2018), with Conan O’Brien. She is also O’Brien’s personal assistant and has appeared many times on the television series, Conan. Talin “Sona” Movsesian co-hosts the podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend with Conan O’Brien. O’Brien felt he lacked a deeper connection with his celebrity guests, so he decided to create the long-form comedy interview podcast as a way to get to know them in a more casual setting. In the pilot episode of the podcast, O’Brien and Ferrell reminisce about their favorite Late Night sketches, such as the time that Will Ferrell practiced his standup, while Will Ferrell with a mustache heckled himself from the audience. One of the best episodes of the podcast, as voted by Podchaser users, is episode 15, a conversation with Jurassic Park (1997) actor Jeff Goldblum. O’Brien introduces Sona Movsesian and producer Matt Gourley as his “handlers” for the episode, and asks them to pull him back from the deep end if he gets too excited. While O’Brien leads the interviews with occasional commentary from Movsesian and Gourley, O’Brien, Movsesian, and Gourley close each episode by riffing off one another. Before working with Conan O’Brien, Sona Movsesian interned at NBC as a page, and was soon promoted to Events and Operations Coordinator. Movsesian left NBC, and began working off camera for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Her debut on the show was in a bit where OʻBrien helped her search the office for her American Gigolo’s mug. Conan O’Brien was impressed with her humor and bubbly personality. He immediately dubbed her his executive assistant, a position which she has held faithfully for a decade. The two began a close friendship that has been showcased on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and in their podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend. They have been known to prank each other, such as when O’Brien insisted on buying her a new car, but surprised her by bringing a dusty clunker on stage. In 2015, Sona Movsesian and Conan O’Brien traveled to Armenia for a special broadcast of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. The pair was asked by Movsesian’s grandmother to meet with an Armenian matchmaker to find a husband for Movsesian. While Sona Movsesian and Conan O’Brien did visit the matchmaker, Movsesian needed no help finding her happily ever after. Sona Movsesian recently married her husband, Tak, in a 2018 wedding that celebrated their Armenian heritage. In addition to assisting Conan O’Brien on The Late Night Show With Conan O’Brien, Sona Movsesian also supports O’Brien in Conan (2010) and the documentary, Conan Can’t Stop (2011). Sona Movsesian appeared on the Back to the Best and Hollywood Handout podcasts.
Recent episodes featuring Sona Movsesian
Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara
Actors, writers and comedians Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara feel absolutely delighted, flattered, and honored to be considered Conan O’Brien’s friends.   Eugene and Catherine sit down with Conan to talk about taking chances in the pre-internet era with SCTV, transforming into the characters they play on Schitt’s Creek, the formula that makes a successful comedy show stick, and legendary tales from the Second City stage. Later, Conan takes it up with the Cheesecake Factory menu.     Got a question for Conan? Call our voicemail: (323) 451-2821.
Nikki Glaser
Comedian Nikki Glaser feels overwhelmed about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.   Nikki and Conan sit down to discuss modern perspectives on the vagina, the emotional toll of performing a roast, how discovering stand-up comedy helped Nikki manage an eating disorder, and going down in flames with her worst-ever jokes told at a wedding. Plus, Conan responds to the idea of his name on a rump-cheek as he and his staff Review the Reviewers.   Got a question for Conan? Call our voicemail: (323) 451-2821.
Charles Barkley
Basketball legend Charles Barkley feels great about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.   Charles and Conan sit down to chat about the extreme competition of going pro, getting booed offstage at a Katy Perry concert for dissing the Timberwolves, his friendship with Shaq, and advocating for education. Later, Conan issues a warning to his staff about spoiling certain tv shows.     Got a question for Conan? Call our voicemail: (323) 451-2821.
Al Franken
Author, comedian, and former senator Al Franken is already a f***ing friend of Conan O’Brien’s.Al and Conan sit down to talk about favorite SNL sketches that never made it to air, doing ‘The Brain Tumor Comedian’ with Tom Davis, shutting down George Harrison’s drunken piano playing, and the jokes that failed to land with guests of The Al Franken Podcast. Plus, Conan follows up on the resurfacing of his correspondence with iconic writer E.B. White.Got a question for Conan? Call our voicemail: (323) 451-2821.
Malcolm Gladwell
Author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell feels pressured into being Conan O’Brien’s friend. Malcolm and Conan sit down to talk about Malcolm’s new book Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know, conversations about gardening, tabloid inventions, tales from the IRA, and Conan’s own special cult of personality. Plus, Conan and his assistant Sona engage in a struggle for power. Got a question for Conan? Call our voicemail: (323) 451-2821.
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