Conan O'Brien Delivers Dartmouth's Commencement Address

  • Published on Jun 12, 2011
  • Conan O'Brien, whom The Washington Post has called "the most intelligent of the late-night comics," delivered the main address at Dartmouth College's 2011 Commencement exercises on Sunday morning, June 12.
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Comments • 724

  • GorcStew
    GorcStew 14 hours ago

    8:47 That "bear at an A.A. meeting" joke really got the president going lol

  • Steven Spiel
    Steven Spiel Day ago

    "There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized" 19:35

  • mark bishop
    mark bishop Day ago

    incredible . this is incredible

  • Tdc Willies
    Tdc Willies Day ago

    21:07 Words of wisdom that continue to hold true.

  • banderson5676
    banderson5676 2 days ago

    Conan is better than Carson, Letterman, Leno, Fallon, and Kimmel combined.

  • Daniel
    Daniel 2 days ago

    what? does conan need cocaine to do a public speech? yeesh.

  • yobro manson
    yobro manson 3 days ago

    How on Earth does TVclip get this to the very few fucking retarded people that somehow find this hilarious? Fucking amazing algorithms!

  • Phoenix Chess
    Phoenix Chess 3 days ago

    4:01 got distracted by the lady smoking to the left

  • Amarendra B
    Amarendra B 4 days ago

    Did anyone notice that woman in blue smoking cigarette for an unusually long time behind Conan

  • Logan Riki
    Logan Riki 4 days ago

    Amazing and very funny speech.

    PAPACHULO 4 days ago

    Underrated, funny, and an intellectual person, Conan is.

  • Hum Shak
    Hum Shak 5 days ago

    any pay attention to the lady way in the distance chain smoking through out the whole thing

  • First Last
    First Last 6 days ago

    He lost me at decorated war hero. But I guess they never stop playing their role .. ;(

  • Chicken Towel
    Chicken Towel 6 days ago +2

    I've ran out of Conan remotes and I got here.
    First minute and I'm already hooked.
    Awesome speech.

  • Clyde Kye
    Clyde Kye 6 days ago +2

    Conan O'Brien for president 2020. like what. a. legend.

  • Dave Thomas
    Dave Thomas 6 days ago

    can't speak like that anymore, 2018 PC war has begun

  • -BeyondAir-
    -BeyondAir- 6 days ago +3

    this is definitely green screen

  • Nick Apuzzo
    Nick Apuzzo 7 days ago

    "Though you should not fear should do your best to avoid it." lol, priceless.

  • jealva
    jealva 9 days ago +2

    This is what a Commencement Address should be - fun. I had Hillary Clinton speak at mine and she was a horrid, political bore.

    • ArthurVandelay
      ArthurVandelay 6 days ago

      How many people in the world do you think are able to deliver that fun of a speech?

  • Anthony D
    Anthony D 9 days ago +2

    Why didn’t I ever hear about this. I’m ‘06. NOBODY TOLD ME!😂

  • Nuno Soares
    Nuno Soares 10 days ago

    First of all. RIP George H.W.Bush. Thanks for your service sir :-( .Congrats to all these graduates. Hope they're all doing well :-). Lastly, Conan O'Brien is hilarious.

  • Blitz Kreig
    Blitz Kreig 11 days ago

    These graduates are now 30 years old.

  • Thomas James
    Thomas James 12 days ago

    I didn't realize Conan was so well versed and intelligent. He should run for president in 2020.

  • Julia Mihajlovich
    Julia Mihajlovich 13 days ago

    Not only was this hilarious, it was profound!

  • Lumos Nox
    Lumos Nox 14 days ago

    what a guy!

  • Crisanto Macuto
    Crisanto Macuto 14 days ago +1

    that fat lady who keeps on smoking..

  • devilpupbear09
    devilpupbear09 14 days ago

    All hail Cornell

  • Apolo Yasuda
    Apolo Yasuda 14 days ago +1

    "..Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen." -Conan O'Brien

  • Andrew Chen
    Andrew Chen 15 days ago

    ha ga

  • MrSevillian
    MrSevillian 15 days ago

    Darned he's a smart guy. Funny but meaningful.

  • rustinonthevine
    rustinonthevine 15 days ago

    'Seriously, it looks like something a bear would use at an AA meeting'

  • Jecky Mendiola
    Jecky Mendiola 15 days ago

    I love Conan. Been watching his videos for 5 hours now lol

  • Oliver Rakuscek
    Oliver Rakuscek 15 days ago

    Up until 19th minute he is hilarious; afterwards he is also remarkable.

  • articcircleado
    articcircleado 16 days ago

    Conan is genius. He's on the next level.

  • Lucia Maria
    Lucia Maria 16 days ago

    4:30 the woman smoking on the back lmaoooo

  • Toronto Family
    Toronto Family 16 days ago

    9:15 to 12:09 there's a lady smoking in the background. * Just to the right of Conan

  • Edwin Rivera
    Edwin Rivera 17 days ago

    Did anyone notice the lady smoking like she just snorted some coke behind Conan lmao

  • XGrimsterX
    XGrimsterX 17 days ago

    I subbed Conan cuz of this vid

  • East2West2010
    East2West2010 17 days ago

    Ah yes Stinky Pete, Cuban B's cousin

  • Laplena
    Laplena 17 days ago

    What a guy! Since starting watching late night tv in the summer of 96, Conan is still my favorite tv host of all time. He's a very intelligent man, yet he can let his foolishness go and and entertain. #TeamCoCo

  • MrDopeKeen
    MrDopeKeen 18 days ago


  • Adnan Shariff
    Adnan Shariff 18 days ago

    Beautiful soul 💞

  • TJ Pierce
    TJ Pierce 18 days ago

    An amazing address. Truer words were never spoken.

  • Yanlong Fu
    Yanlong Fu 18 days ago

    full of happiness and wisdom

  • DeepbloodEclipse
    DeepbloodEclipse 18 days ago

    That knock at Leno XD

  • Jesse Feng
    Jesse Feng 18 days ago

    I like how the subtitle is titled "English - Conan O'Brien"

  • chop 362
    chop 362 18 days ago

    His speech consisted of “How to be a suck comedian”, many lessons learned🙄

  • Miguel de Sousa
    Miguel de Sousa 18 days ago

    I'm from Rio and I wasn't expecting that reference

  • Ritwik Mohanty
    Ritwik Mohanty 18 days ago

    "Work Hard. Be Kind. Amazing Things will Happen."

  • dourtan
    dourtan 18 days ago

    Conan did his thesis on Flannery O'Connel.

  • MrPaPaYa86
    MrPaPaYa86 19 days ago

    5:20, fat woman out of focus smoking a sigarette

  • A Voice
    A Voice 19 days ago +1

    I love this man

  • Harrison Boone
    Harrison Boone 19 days ago

    I would bet not many of those graduates knows how to build an engine or even change a tire. My point is: very shortly these students will find themselves either working in fast food chains or working in office settings, wearing suits and they will be making much less money than the people that had the smarts to get trades.

  • dan w
    dan w 19 days ago

    He's still a douche

  • Shawn Jesseman
    Shawn Jesseman 19 days ago +1

    I'm surprised by a lot of the negative comments about Conan giving this commencement speech. I guess some people feel that a dry and boring commencement speech would be more appropriate for a graduating class.
    Why should an Entertainer not give a commencement speech? And would entertainment not be a valid field for a graduate to go into?
    Conan O'Brien is a Harvard graduate who graduated magna cum laude.

    • KeepCalmAndCallejon
      KeepCalmAndCallejon 19 days ago

      Shawn Jesseman Judging by the like-dislike ratio and the general comments, almost everyone enjoyed this. Why are you talking as if this is something controversial to like and arguing against thin air?

  • Wonderful Wino
    Wonderful Wino 19 days ago

    Fuckin Leno!.

  • Greg Christopfel
    Greg Christopfel 20 days ago

    Conan never disappoints! So funny I can hardly see through my tears to type this. But, I gotta wonder: Could a speech like this happen at any major college campus in the US? The thought police would be all over it. It's only 8 years later - look what we've become :(

  • Keith Martie Tan
    Keith Martie Tan 20 days ago

    Few months from now, I too will be graduating, if Conan we be the guest speaker, it would be my happiest moment hahahaha.

  • Jaybriel Akoi
    Jaybriel Akoi 21 day ago

    I love that the Secret Service are cracking up in the background.

  • Chris Hamilton
    Chris Hamilton 21 day ago

    this brilliant man deserved that standing ovation.

  • caspian sea
    caspian sea 22 days ago


  • Brian
    Brian 23 days ago

    I actually listened to the entire speech!

  • Karo99637
    Karo99637 23 days ago

    I love coco😍😍😍😍

  • Zohaib Bukhari
    Zohaib Bukhari 23 days ago

    The Conan doctrine should actually be enforced

  • fglend73
    fglend73 24 days ago

    By today’s college standards, this would be considered “hate speech.”

  • Gimme a Break
    Gimme a Break 25 days ago

    7:02 behold the douche bags

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie 25 days ago

    this is one of the greatest commencement speeches ever ! Conan is so smart and an amazing comedian

  • Andrew Baum
    Andrew Baum 28 days ago

    I loved this hahaha

  • Josh SY Kim
    Josh SY Kim 28 days ago

    "Deal with it!" Best words ever!

  • Chris Tine
    Chris Tine 28 days ago

    This is my fave commencement speech. I come back to his message time and time again.
    "It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It's not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound re-invention." Amen 🙏

  • Miche.
    Miche. 28 days ago +1

    is it bad that i cried so fucking hard

  • Apti Newim
    Apti Newim 29 days ago

    Jordan Schlansky would have done it better 😎

  • catman pc
    catman pc 29 days ago +5

    I always thought he was funny, but this was better than any standup performance. Hilarious and brilliant. Everyone behind him was dying. Ended with pearls of wisdom. Bravo!

  • Moos P.
    Moos P. 29 days ago

    I've never heard of Dartmouth before and it seems to have terrible weather, but I like Conan.

  • stewjd76
    stewjd76 Month ago

    He's so goofy and funny.

  • BT Trade
    BT Trade Month ago +3

    I wish I had a commencement speech like that at my college graduation that tells me not to be afraid of venturing into something different from what I set out to do originally. Instead I got a feminist who went on and on and on and on about how wrong the world is and illustrated it with an example of that being we bet on the weather. Only now I find out it's actually an important hedging tool for businesses who are largely vulnerable or dependent on weather; people weren't betting on it for fun. Just shows how ignorant she was. And I got nothing useful or wise that I could take home with. It was one of the worst speech that I ever sat through and I was so relieved that it finally ended. I guess this is why Dartmouth gets the big money: They get better and WAY cooler commencement speakers.

  • dancincrow
    dancincrow Month ago

    Never really thought much of Conan before however, this speech & comedy routine could never be done by Fallon who I feel is totally over rated! Great delivery & damn funny. Also, I'm sure the person constantly in the far background who is constantly smoking a Cig will treasure this video for the rest of their life .... lol

  • Asthma Allen
    Asthma Allen Month ago

    Why would you give a speech at Dartmouth? Cornell's rival Andy needs awnsers

  • Ryan Madaris
    Ryan Madaris Month ago

    I've never seen anyone use a log as a podium...

  • Wei Choon Goh
    Wei Choon Goh Month ago +3

    "Way back in the 1940s there was a very, very funny man named Jack Benny. He was a giant star, easily one of the greatest comedians of his generation. And a much younger man named Johnny Carson wanted very much to be Jack Benny. In some ways he was, but in many ways he wasn't. He emulated Jack Benny, but his own quirks and mannerisms, along with a changing medium, pulled him in a different direction. And yet his failure to completely become his hero made him the funniest person of his generation. David Letterman wanted to be Johnny Carson, and was not, and as a result my generation of comedians wanted to be David Letterman. And none of us are. My peers and I have all missed that mark in a thousand different ways.
    But the point is this: It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It's not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound re-invention."

  • famguy218
    famguy218 Month ago

    Work hard and graduate college and if you're lucky Conan O'Brien will speak at your commencement ceremony

  • Daniel Cropp
    Daniel Cropp Month ago

    Good ol' Conan! Three cheers for Mr. O'Brien!

  • maipful
    maipful Month ago

    Funny but maybe little too ong...

  • Sayan Das
    Sayan Das Month ago

    the lady in the background is smoking. :D

  • Carterize
    Carterize Month ago

    What I find most interesting about this video is watching the secret service behind the stage at various points of Conan's speech.

  • Selene Ye
    Selene Ye Month ago

    f***ing amazing, from beginning to end. Brought tears to my eyes.

  • jordan 311
    jordan 311 Month ago

    9:40 Secret Service enjoyed that one lol

  • Yesh uwah
    Yesh uwah Month ago +3

    Got damn-it man!!! The Bush’s!!! Sigh... who th is cutting onions man!!! R.I.P glad I found this video.

  • 243wayne1
    243wayne1 Month ago

    Reminds me of Dangerfield in Back To School! Hahaha!

  • Tòmö
    Tòmö Month ago

    Conan talks about NH as if we're up here living in stick huts and freezing our meat in the snow lmao, I love it!

  • ScreaminEmu
    ScreaminEmu Month ago

    LOL their lecturn is just a tree

  • Ace Rothstein
    Ace Rothstein Month ago

    This idiot is not funny

  • Karl Sunagawa
    Karl Sunagawa Month ago

    Anyone else noticed that lady smoking in the background? Hehe. So great. 5:15

  • shawn bla
    shawn bla Month ago

    Dartmouth means dirty mouth in my country

  • Jeffro 2000
    Jeffro 2000 Month ago

    How Intellectual. They get a comedian who espouse political rhetoric. Would have expected more.

  • MrJaykay660
    MrJaykay660 Month ago

    Did any body else hear someone moving uncomfortably in a wheelchairwhen Conan spoke of JFK , jus' sayin' .

  • Ryan
    Ryan Month ago

    There's a Dartmouth outside Nova Scotia???

  • Hypercube9
    Hypercube9 Month ago +3

    Ah, the good ol' days when late night comedians actually tried to be funny instead of mean. I miss those days.

  • Lu Jitsu
    Lu Jitsu Month ago

    Had his show been this funny everyone would have watched. 21:20 is where the real serious stuff starts. This dude is hilarious.