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There's no question that with his many, many years hosting late night TV, Conan O'Brien has had tons of hilarious segments, but he might have found his crown jewel in Clueless Gamer. The segment involves O'Brien playing and commentating on popular video games, usually with a big celebrity guest. Each entry in the segment holds millions of views on YouTube, and now the team behind Conan is hoping to expand that success on television by developing Clueless Gamer as its own TV show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clueless Gamer will become the latest late night talk show segment to get its own spin-off. The project is being developed over at TBS, with an expectation that the pilot will be ordered to series. The Clueless Gamer spin-off will be executive produced by Conan O'Brien and will follow a similar format to the sketch version. The caveat, though, is that O'Brien will not host the spin-off, and other talent is being pursued to take over hosting duties. That's disappointing, seeing as how it's Conan's commentary and video game-challenged nature that makes the segment so funny, but we'll just have to see where it goes. And he'll have to be the first guest, right?
The Clueless Gamer sketch on Conan has become a staple of the show, having made regular appearances since 2012. The segment runs like a Let's Play, but one starring Conan O' Brien -- who has zero video game knowledge -- playing popular games and providing all the confused and overwhelmed voiceover one would hope for. Some of the biggest games of the last few years have been featured in the sketch, like Mario Kart 8, Grand Theft Auto V, Skyrim, and Battlefield 1 to just name a few. Accompanying O'Brien is typically a celebrity guest like Terry Crews (or the famously guarded NFL great Marshawn Lynch), an aspect that will also be in the spin-off.
It's really tough to narrow down just one video of Clueless Gamer to show because most of them are so good, so here's one of the more recent ones. O'Brien teams up with Elijah Wood to play Final Fantasy XV, and upends years worth of hype in seven minutes by ruthlessly calling out the game on making you push a car. It has over four million views, which isn't even the most of all the Clueless Gamer videos.
Clueless Gamer joins a growing list of late night segments that are becoming their own spin-offs. Jimmy Fallon's Lip Sync Battle found lots of success on Spike, while James Corden's Carpool Karaoke and Jimmy Kimmel's Who Knows? are both becoming standalone television shows. There's no date on when we can expect the first episode of Clueless Gamer but keep checking in with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated. And head to our midseason premiere schedule to see what else is hitting the small screen soon.