April 18: A ‘Triumph’ for Conan, and Derrick Brooks

April 18 — Birthday wishes for a couple of greats …

Conan O’Brien (1963) is 58 today, having turned a comedic writing career into sketch comedy and late-night hosting since 1993. He went from being president of the Harvard Lampoon to host of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (1993–2009). There, he gave us everything from mock interviews with cardboard cutouts to Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. He earned the seat on “The Tonight Show” briefly in 2009 before it got yanked from him seven months later. He disappeared from public for several months…