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With new venue, ‘Conan’ taps into host’s improv roots

On Monday, Conan O'Brien (pictured in January) will begin filming his TBS show at a Los Angeles comedy club called Largo at the Coronet.
On Monday, Conan O'Brien (pictured in January) will begin filming his TBS show at a Los Angeles comedy club called Largo at the Coronet.Kevin Winter/Getty Images/file

Conan O’Brien is going to be the first of the late-night hosts to get out of the house. On Monday, O’Brien will begin filming his TBS show, “Conan,” at a Los Angeles comedy club called Largo at the Coronet, in accordance with safety protocols.

There will be a limited crew on site, but there won’t be an audience, and the guests will continue to appear via Zoom. So why bother leaving home? And why not return to the regular Warner Bros. lot studio? “I got started doing improv at the Coronet in 1986,” O’Brien said in a statement, “and I’m glad we’ve figured out a way to safely keep that theater going during this lockdown.”

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Nice guy, yes? Largo owner Mark Flanagan thinks so. “We are thrilled that Conan and his great team reached out and offered to help us through these awful times,” he said in a statement. “We have a long history together and look forward to many more great years to come.”


Matthew Gilbert can be reached at matthew.gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.