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November 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A week before his new late-night show debuts on TBS, Conan O’Brien insisted that he will not be attempting to make it socially or politically meaningful in the manner of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. “It’s very important to me that my comedy doesn’t mean anything,” he told New York magazine’s “I’m a really strong believer that comedy should have no meaning. And that’s probably upsetting to some people. But it should just make you laugh. And if it doesn’t, I apologize and I’ll try again tomorrow night.” O’Brien insisted that he’s not looking for schadenfreude — success on TBS that would demonstrate to NBC executives that they made a boneheaded decision when they fired him. “It’s very human to feel, ‘I’m gonna show those guys,'” he acknowledged. However, he pointed out “those guys” are “constantly changing.” (His chief nemesis, Jeff Zucker, will be forced to leave the network when Comcast assumes control following completion of its merger with NBC Universal.) “My biggest motivation is I think I have something to offer, and I like the work. … The biggest waste of my time right now would be to try and change some executive’s mind about me.”