Brian McCann

Brian McCann is an American Emmy and WGA award-winning writer, actor, and comedian best known for his sketch comedy work on the late night talk show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and more recently on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and Conan.

After 17 years working with Conan O’Brien, McCann left Conan due to his plans to return to New York City. His final day on the show was August 30, 2012. McCann has since gone on to write for shows such as Nikki & Sara Live and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.

Guest Appearances

August 15, 2019

Legendary Conan writer and performer Brian McCann joins Conan writers Mike Sweeney and Jessie Gaskell to discuss everything during his 17 years at Conan. They talk about the FedEx Pope, Preparation H Raymond, being the ambassador for the improv and stand-up community in Chicago in the late 80s/early 90s, his Arrogant Dumbass character bombing during a Conan taping, Joe’s Pub, the “No Reason to Live” Kayak Guy, and much more.

This episode is brought to you by Vital Farms ( and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Check out Conan Without Borders: Australia:

Check out Conan25: The Remotes:

Got a question for Inside Conan? Call our voicemail: (323) 209-5303 and e-mail us at


For Conan videos, tour dates and more visit

December 19, 2018

In the beginning, Matty B created improv4humans. Then Matty B said, “Let there be a compilation of the greatest biblical improv scenes ever performed on this show”, and there was a compilation of biblical scenes. And Matty B saw the compilation, and called it the Best of The Bible, and he saw that it was good. And improv4humans continued to remain the greatest podcast in the universe, forever and ever, amen.

This episode is sponsored by Squarespace ( code: IMPROV).

March 6, 2018

Comedians Maeve Higgins (Maeve In America, StarTalk) & Brian McCann (Conan, The Who Was? Show) join Jo & Manolo to play listener-created games with callers. 

Games played: A Very British Gameshow, Blockbuster Bagel Video, and The Blame Game.

October 6, 2016

Part Two of the live edition from the 2016 Del Close Marathon arrives with Gavin Spieller, Chad Carter, Tim Martin, Adam Frucci, Brian McCann, and Shannon O’Neill! They build a film set around a four hundred foot canoe, share their summer exploits on the first day of school, and celebrate a visit from Pla-Santa. Then they get some assistance from the Callback Cyborg and ask the priest to fix mom and dad’s marriage before finding out what it means to major in media.

This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and Now Hear This.

March 17, 2016

Here is what you voted for as the best scenes of 2015, humons. These performances feature Jon Gabrus, Joe Wengert, Will McLaughlin, Chad Carter, Neil Casey, Betsy Sodaro, Colton Dunn, Joe Hartzler, Andy Daly, Sean Conroy, Brett Gelman, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Big Grande, Wild Horses, Chris Gethard, Sebastian Conelli, Shannon O’Neill, Susan Messing, Bob Dassie, John Gemberling, Brian McCann and Charlie Todd.

July 16, 2015

Recorded LIVE at UCBeast from the 17th Annual Del Close Marathon in New York is part 3 of a monumental improv4humans with Matt Besser featuring the greatest improvisers in the universe, John Gemberling, Brett Gelman, Brian McCann, and Charlie Todd. Listen as they explore a world where prisoners love long-form improvisation, Poseidon and Satan discuss why he still uses the pitchfork as an intimidation tool, and police officers who have a Good Cop/Bad Jewish cop routine. Make sure to get the Upright Citizens Brigade television show season 3 now available on DVD, the UCB Comedy Improv Manual, and Dragoon’s new album at!