A Trip to Warner Brothers Studios

So, my buddy Suraj (“Surge” to his friends) called me up shortly after my arrival in California wanting to know if I would like to attend a taping of Conan with him.  Who, honestly, could say no to that?

This is how I usually answer the phone when he calls.

Seriously, I’ve been in Los Angeles for about two weeks and I’m already going to see television stars…LIVE! IN PERSON! I must be living the dream!

Anyway, we loaded up his Mustang, and headed for Burbank–the homeland of some of my childhood heroes:

Well, I’ve already been to New York looking for turtles.

Honestly, I think I was far more excited about the remote possibility of seeing the Warners being chased around by Ralph the Guard than watching Conan O’Brien perform tell jokes and chat with other celebrities. That being the case, Animaniacs became the joke of the day–even so much addressing all security guards as “Ralph” and driving around listening to “Yakko’s World” while on a quest to find the water tower.  In all, I gotta say that everyone at the Warner lot was really cool, Conan O’Brien was as professional as always, and the Basic Cable Band are one of my new favourite groups (after watching them live, about 6 feet from their stand).  Cameras were prohibited inside the studios, but I managed to get a few fun snapshots around the area.

Gate 4 at Warner Brothers Studios circa 1990’s (left) and today (right). A tree has grown since the Animaniacs opening was shot.
Yep, there I am on basic cable. Of course, back in Atlanta, TBS is a broadcast station.

To finish, enjoy these clips from the July 21, 2011 Conan show:

Conan’s Monologue

This Hand Vagina Is Really Getting A Lot Of Work

Astronauts Dis Joe Biden

Ventriloquist Dummies React To Eden Wood

Super Dave’s Lips Freak Everybody Out

Lisa Kudrow Interview

Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal Interview

And, as a special bonus:

9 thoughts on “A Trip to Warner Brothers Studios”

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  3. I went to see Conan in NYC once. If you’re a fan of the show there was an episode he got makeup on his jacket and started to lick it like a cat. that’s about the most memorable thing I have from his show – aside from how TINY the studio was. I don’t even recall who the guests were! I really loved it though.

    I also went to a taping of Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn but that’s another story and I remember all the guests!

    I dug the contrast of the toon gate 4 and the real gate 4!

    1. I never watch much of Conan, but what I have seen, I’ve enjoyed! Yeah, the studio is EXTREMELY small! Colin Quinn was a lot of fun when we was on SNL and when he had that Tough Crowd show–he’s got that angry New Yorker vibe that I like 🙂

      I had a feeling that the opening to Animaniacs couldn’t be too far off from the real-world Warner Brothers Studios, so we honestly walked around the perimeter of the lot looking for that same scene. I, admittedly, took that photo while standing in the middle of a busy intersection at a traffic light and found out that LA has little appreciation for tourists (surprise, surprise).

      Also admittedly, the copy of this article was rather weak, but I was extremely tired when I wrote it and kinda hurried it to press without much structure or thought. Oh well. I think the main thing I wanted to showcase was the screen shot from TV and the juxtaposition of real and toon gate 4. Thanks for reading!

      1. I wouldn’t have called the article weak but if you plan on writing more “gooder” I’ll be happy to peek at it.

        It’s always funny how much bigger those studios look on tv. Literally it looked like if Conan jabbed to his left he would have hit someone in the band… but when you watch it on tv they appear to be 20 feet apart.

        Boston actually has a lot of comedians I dig: Bill Burr, Dennis Leary, Patrice O’Neal, Louis C.K., Steven Wright, Conan O’Brien, Nick Dipaolo, and more… I can’t imagine being there around the time most of the ones I just listed coming up together. Makes me wonder what was the deal back then to make most of them funny people.

  4. Something about that Atlantic corridor; maybe it’s in the water? Also, when I get a nice, long post in the works, I may have you look at it from an editorial standpoint–helps to have a fresher set of eyes reading 🙂

    Hey, would you mind doing me a solid (since you’re reading the posts pretty regularly), and comment on the blog page instead of DA? It helps me out having everyone commenting in the same place (and might spur some interesting conversation!) Again, thanks for reading!

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