Conan O’Brien’s “Significant Other” Liza Powel O’Brien Launches New Podcast

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Liza Powel O’Brien joins the family business and launches her own podcast as part of husband Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco.

The playwright is ready to animate Soulmatesa non-fiction podcast that shines a light on the people behind well-known historical figures.

“I’ve probably absorbed a lot just living with Conan for the past 20 years,” Liza said. Newsweek, when she discussed her thoughts on hosting a podcast for the first time. Her comedian husband Conan recently took a surprise turn in his career as his own podcast, Conan O’Brien needs a friendbecame an international hit.

“I could never in a million years do 99.9% of what he does, but having a conversation seems like something I can handle,” Liza said.

Liza Powel O’Brien is a playwright whose work has been seen and developed in New York, Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest. She has a master’s degree in fiction from Columbia University School of the Arts, and her significant other is Conan O’Brien. “Significant Others” is Team Coco’s first scripted history podcast and will launch on July 20, 2022.
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Launching Wednesday, July 20, notable story characters featured on Soulmates will be voiced by celebrities like Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Lisa Kudrow and Rita Wilson.

two episodes of Soulmates will be published weekly with essays she describes as a “light history lesson” with a “pinch of commentary from a modern point of view”. On Wednesdays, she narrates these writings, which are peppered with the voices of the celebrities who contributed to them.

On Thursday, there will be a follow-up episode featuring Liza in conversation with people who have a significant connection to the historical figures discussed.

“It’s a bit of an assortment, but I think it’s kind of fun and interesting. The point of this follow-up episode, the point of the conversations, is to make them a little more relevant to the moment,” Liza said. .

Team Coco now produces a number of podcasts with hosts such as Conan, JB Smoove, Rob Lowe and Andy Richter, to name a few. Soulmates is significant for the podcast company as it is the first non-comedy genre show it is producing.

“To be honest with you, I’m both terrified that someone is listening and also worried that no one will.” Liza joked. “I know, my mom is going to be a loyal listener.”

Conan O'Brien and his wife Liza Powel O'Brien
Liza Powel O’Brien is working with her husband Conan O’Brien’s production company, Team Coco, for her new podcast “Significant Others.”
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“The person who’s a die-hard Conan fan might like it, but maybe not and that’s totally okay. That’s the kind of learning you can take from this kind of podcast that isn’t too heavy, but it might just add something else to your list of interesting things you’ve collected throughout your life.

“I did a little guest segment on her podcast last week and was immediately following Nikki Glaser, the comedian who is so awesome. These people have popcorn conversations going off while you listen. This is not what I do and not what I could do. [Significant Others] has a lot of really interesting information. Anyone interested in relationships will love this.”

Liza wants listeners to engage in the conversation and contribute their own ideas for other “important other people” historical figures. In anticipation of potential future seasons, Liza has already thought of additional features to add to the podcast.

“I constantly think about missed opportunities, but maybe in the future I should ask everyone I interview who their life story partner is. Not necessarily their love life, but just their career or passion project or whatever.” it’s what they think defines them.”

Considering her position in her husband’s story, Liza continued, “For Conan, I don’t think I would technically be any sort of significant other in terms of being his wife, but he has other people in the picture. career story, which played a pivotal role. And it could be an interesting story.”

Many celebrities featured on Soulmates having an existing friendship with Conan and Liza, which meant recruiting them for the project was usually straightforward.

Liza Powel O'Brien pictured with Conan
Liza Powel O’Brien, host of the upcoming ‘Significant Others’ podcast, has been married to Conan O’Brien (pictured together, right, in 2013) since 2002.
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“Most of the time it was a text [that got them onboard,” Liza said. “Rita Wilson happened to be sitting next to me one night and said, ‘What are you working on? What are you writing?’ I was not going to approach her for any of this but she’s so lovely and solicitous, I asked and she said ‘I would absolutely love to do that’. She really offered herself for that which was incredible.

“Jameela [Jamil], I think we reached out to her through more official channels and she was very quick to say ‘I love Conan, I’ll do anything for his wife.’ Incredibly nice,” Liza recalled.

In addition to the aforementioned celebrities, Soulmates will star Timothy Olyphant, Jack McBrayer, Jim Rash, Paul F. Tompkins and Team Coco producer Matt Gourley.

Liza credits the members of Team Coco for helping her settle into the role of host on her first podcast and credits the quality of the team to her husband’s hiring policy.

“That’s something that Conan has always been really good at, it’s gathering nice people around him and appreciating them and benefiting from what they have to offer. Most of the time people seem very happy to work with him and I’m definitely enjoying that,” she says.

By day, Liza Powel O’Brien is a playwright whose works have performed in theaters across Los Angeles. With no projects other than her podcast to promote, Liza is encouraging everyone to get out in theaters in what is a “really dynamic and tricky time” for the industry.

The first season of Soulmates will feature eight episodes in total. Episode 1 will launch on all major podcast platforms on Wednesday, July 20.

Update 7/18/22, 11:32 a.m. ET: This article has been updated to include additional video and commentary.

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