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  • My guest Tonight is a very talented actress who has starred in Glee.

  • The marvelous Mrs Maisel in the film Best in Show.

  • In addition to a million other great projects.

  • She's also the host of Hollywood Game Night and Weakest Link, which premieres Tuesday on NBC.

  • I Love Her.

  • Please welcome chain.

  • Lynch Jane.

  • Thank you for being here.

  • I'm thrilled to be here.

  • Merry Christmas.

  • And you know what?

  • Merry Christmas.

  • As you know we are.

  • Well, we're celebrating Christmas now because, frankly, we're just not sure mankind is going to make it to December 25th.

  • Yeah, let's do it now.

  • We don't want to miss our last Christmas, and then we will know that this is our last Christmas to make it that much more special.

  • So nice of you to dress up in the spirit, doesn't it?

  • Aren't you feeling Christmassy right now?

  • I am.

  • I love Christmas, and I don't think it's never too early to start the music.

  • It is a little too early with the decorations.

  • I think I'd get sick of them by by Christmas Eve.

  • But I I just love it.

  • I love it.

  • Love it.

  • Love it.

  • Yeah, well, we did this again.

  • We're doing it now because we're not.

  • We think things are just going to come to an end in about four weeks.

  • Oh, Lord.

  • Good thing we can laugh about it, Conan.

  • Can we, though, can I don't know.

  • Maybe we can't.

  • We'll find out.

  • I could laugh at anything.

  • Now I'm that medicated.

  • Uh, you know, there's I have a little bit of a bone to pick with you, Jane Lynch.

  • Okay, on.

  • And you're universally beloved.

  • People love you.

  • And I you know, I'm such a huge fan of your work.

  • What I do, I do have a complaint, which is you've been on my show many, many, many times.

  • And every time you're on my show, you come out, you sit down and then you immediately start talking to Andy.

  • And you do that because you and Andy have a prior relationship.

  • You worked on a stage show years ago before I knew Andy.

  • You always sit down.

  • You start talking to Andy, and then you keep talking to Andy.

  • This is an actual This is the typical interview.

  • Did I do with you?

  • Where looking?

  • Not even making eye contact with me.

  • not even looking at me on Lee looking at Andy, and I find it very insulting.

  • Well, I'm sorry, but that I wouldn't have thought that was true until I saw that photographic evidence.

  • But I'm sure we included you in the conversations.

  • I'm sure.

  • I don't know.

  • I think you just easily left out.

  • Is Andy there tonight?

  • Uh, well, yeah, and he's sitting in the in the audience.

  • Hey, Andy, can you hear me?

  • Hi, Jane.

  • Hey.

  • How you doing?

  • I'm doing fine.

  • How's your dog?

  • You've had her for a year now, right?

  • Uh, Daisy?

  • Yeah.

  • Over a year.

  • Ah, Little dollop of Daisy.

  • I love that dog.

  • She's so cute.

  • I love that you keep taking pictures of her and posting it on Twitter.

  • It's great.

  • Yeah, well, she's very photogenic.

  • She's a very pretty dog, and she just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

  • It's, you know, would you say you're a dog person Who?

  • I was getting a pony when I got a puppy.

  • Would you say that you're a dog person now?

  • Oh, absolutely.

  • I always was.

  • I have Tony.

  • Hey, was talking about being a dog person.

  • Go ahead.

  • What?

  • Yeah, yeah.

  • No, I, uh I do.

  • I've always been a dog for you.

  • Having everything.

  • I love animals.

  • You would have cats if my kids weren't allergic.

  • Mhm.

  • You know, e usually have cats, but they both passed away in the last couple of years.

  • But I do have two dogs.

  • We usually have three.

  • Believe it or not, we have two cocker spaniels.

  • Now, on day, one of them is kind of an asshole, and the other one is just really old and blind and deaf.

  • But we love them both equally.

  • Yeah.

  • And he asked Conan if he's ah, animal person just so we can include Shit.

  • You're right.

  • Hey, Conan, you've got a dog.

  • Yes, I have two dogs.

  • It's about him.

  • Loki and Bosco.

  • They're great dogs.

  • Yeah, but what kind of dogs are they, Conan?

  • Their golden retrievers.

  • Okay.

  • Hey, your dog is Ah, Mix isn't, isn't she?

  • Isn't Daisy a mix?

  • Isn't she like a much?

  • She's not a pure bred like I hate when people get purebreds.

  • That just, uh you know my car.

  • I'm sorry.

  • I'm sorry.

  • I'm I'm cutting it off.

  • Jane, I think that you and I should talk when there isn't someone interrupting us.

  • Okay, I think that's probably a good idea.

  • Whatever I'll get with you after the show.

  • Sounds great.

  • It's great to hear your voice.

  • I'm sorry.

  • I can't see your face.

  • That's all right.

  • Hey, I have a question.

  • Sure.

  • Jane, you've been in this business quite a while.

  • You've had so much success in film, and I, you know, just different iconic roles you're always funny on.

  • I'm just curious.

  • What was your first job in front of the camera?

  • Like we all have to start somewhere.

  • I did.

  • I've mentioned this before, but I remember the first job I got was actually doing industrial footage.

  • I've done a company.

  • Yeah, I think that was the first thing I did.

  • You remember the first thing that you did?

  • Yes.

  • The first thing I did in front of a camera was a home shopping show.

  • And it was right when they were starting.

  • It was called America's Shopping Place.

  • It would have been in the probably the mid eighties, and it was 24 hours off television shopping, a programming.

  • And I was on the 2 a.m. 25 a.

  • M.

  • The coveted slot.

  • Exactly.

  • And we took phone calls.

  • We took live phone calls in the middle of the night of people buying cubic zirconia.

  • And I learned so much about being on my feet and dealing with uncomfortable situations.

  • And, yeah, I learned a lot, learned a lot about improvising, and they were trying to replace me to the whole time because I wasn't your typical, you know, kind of home shopping person.

  • And so I would audition my replacements on the air.

  • They would audition people they wanted to maybe replace you with in front of you in front of me, and I would help.

  • Um, of course, being the nice Catholic girl.

  • Go.

  • Oh, this is how you do it.

  • You read from this book, but make sure your your eyes are on the camera and you look down and you grab a line and then you look at the camera and I gave her all the tricks of the trade.

  • It does sound very much like you.

  • Let me help you destroy my career.

  • Very nice of you.

  • Well, I think those days are long behind you.

  • I don't think you're gonna have you Are you are so busy you're doing so much you're doing Hollywood Game Night, which is a really fun show.

  • There's a great There's a great vibe on that program.

  • Everybody seems to be having a good time, and you're a very congenial host.

  • Oh, thank you.

  • It is.

  • It's a good time, you know.

  • It's kind of fun.

  • Nothing deep, nothing crazy.

  • Just their toe.

  • Have, you know, basically a game night in my house?

  • Ostensibly.

  • But of course, it's not my house.

  • Uh oh, they built a house to resemble your house.

  • They did?

  • Yes, an exact replica.

  • If I did was in that situation, I would have them build a house that's far superior in my house.

  • Well, that is actually.

  • Well, here's a Here's my question for you.

  • So you've got that show.

  • Now you've got this new show, this new version of Weakest Link that you're doing, and it's interesting to make them remembering the previous weakest link.

  • There was a really edge to that show.

  • There's a real edge to the host.

  • Your I know you as very nice.

  • Jane Lynch, you're doing Hollywood game night now you're doing this show that might require a darker Jane Lynch is that is that true?

  • That is true.

  • Yes, indeed.

  • And I am here for it.

  • I loved it.

  • I had so much fun dismissing people, calling them on their stupidities and keeping it a little classy at the same time.

  • I think I can say, Uh huh.

  • So you put people down in a classy, refined way?

  • Absolutely.

  • They don't even know that they've been slapped full across the place.

  • So here's my question, which is the rial Jane Lynch, The happy Welcome to my home.

  • Let's have a fun, uh, game together or the cruel, the cruel one from Weakest Link.

  • Which one's the real one?

  • The weakest link is my shadow.

  • For sure it is.

  • It is what's going on.

  • Not so far under the skin, either.

  • It's about you have only have to go about a quarter of an inch to get that really dark cutting person and then Hollywood game night.

  • It's just all you know, me pretending to be this affable, wonderful Welcome to my home place on Dykan Onley Do it for, like, a couple hours at a time, and then everybody's gotta leave.

  • Everyone's just gotta leave because you're about to lose it at that exactly.

  • Have you ever melted down on game night?

  • Just someone doesn't get messes up the game and you forget and you forget what show you're taping and you lose it on everything.

  • Yeah, I Kelly Clarkson.

  • I grabbed her by the throat because she was trying to take my job.

  • She was trying to control the game, so I grabbed her by the throat and I threw into the ball pit.

  • No, that didn't happen.

  • What I wanted to do that we're gonna edit out the part where you say that didn't happen.

  • That's going to make it into a tabloid.

  • You know, what I remember from the weakest link is that that great cutting line you are the weakest weakest link.

  • Goodbye and you're so that's how you do it.

  • You go goodbye.

  • It's like audios amigo or Amiga.

  • Nice.

  • Thanks.

  • It's really nice to dismiss them that way.

  • And what's really fun Conan is We've added Thio, this iteration of the weakest link a tunnel.

  • So it's like going into Dante's Inferno.

  • It's bright red and we've got this music and they have to walk.

  • It's the walk of shame straight into the pit of hell on I love every moment of it.

  • I think this is very good for you.

  • Because I have found that when I'm in a comedy sketch or any time I've had to do comedy over the years, it required me to really go after somebody.

  • I feel it's so filled.

  • It's just gonna help you vent all of this.

  • This rage that lies deep within in Lynch it's gonna you're gonna vent all of this.

  • Exactly.

  • And you know, your body and your psyche doesn't know that you're pretending.

  • And so it's an actual relief, and it's there's a catharsis.

  • And then you walk away and everybody, you know, like the contestants they love being yelled at.

  • They love being shamed.

  • So, yeah, there's no no harm, no foul.

  • Yeah, well, it sounds like you're, ah, clinical sociopath.

  • Yes, indeed.

  • Um, listen, I love talking to you, and I love that you got in the Christmas spirit for us.

  • And you probably have something to say to Andy now, um, you know, and, er you going home for Christmas from the same hometown too.

  • So you you don't know much about Chicago, So I'll ask him.

  • Are you going home for Christmas this year, Andy, Who knows?

  • Yeah.

  • You won't be able to dio exact might have toe.

  • I might have to steal a glider and escape the U.

  • S.

  • I would love to come with you, so if you do, please swing by Laurel Canyon and pick me up.

  • I will, I will.

  • All right, Because I have the dog too obvious.

  • Oh, I'd love to see Daisy.

  • I'd love to see Daisy again.

  • And, um, just thank you so much, Conan, for having me on.

  • And I'm sorry.

  • I can't include you in this, but you're not from Chicago, and you don't understand the whole thing that goes on between us.

  • So I've been to Chicago, spend a bunch of times.