He’s been in the public eye since 1993, but people are wondering about a very simple question: is Conan O’Brien left-handed?
Conan O’Brien is actually right-handed. He has never shown any examples of being dexterous with his left hand, and is right-side dominant.
Read on to learn more about Conan O’Brien.
Conan O’Brien burst onto the scene in 1993 with Late Night, his first television show. While not receiving amazing responses at first, he would grow to become one of the most loved television personalities as time went on.
The ‘smart comedy’ gimmick that Conan displays on-set comes as a result of real, powerful education. It’s well known that he’s no stranger to making a clever quip or two. He was raised among an Irish Catholic family in Massachusetts, and eventually attended Harvard University.
This institution is known worldwide as being one of the hardest Universities to get into, and ultimately graduate from. In 2020, it was rated as the top university in the entire country. Some of their most notable alumni includes Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. Conan eventually majored in American History.
He’s always gravitated toward the creative or expressive arts, despite being academic at heart. He has employed his massive IQ. often, whether it was writing scripts for The Simpsons or working as a television producer.
However, everything Conan does, he does with his right hand. While he may be unique in personality and in his comedy, Conan isn’t one of just 10% of people who boast left-handedness as an attribute.
While Conan O’Brien hasn’t ever gone on record explicitly stating which hand is his dominant side, it can be determined by simply watching his behaviour in the many thousands of hours of video available online.
For example, in this YouTube video you can see Conan taking part in a drawing exercise with Jim Carrey. While drawing, he uses his right hand.
Further to the point, this Tweet from Team Coco shows Conan O’Brien playing guitar – right-handed.
The Benefits of Being Left
It’s well known that there are differences between the ‘dominant sides’ of the body. If a person is left-handed, they are among a group that numbers just ten percent of the world’s population. This can sometimes be seen as a hindrance for those with the attribute, as most everyday objects come right-handed by default.
However, when we look at the brain instead of the hand, it might do a world of good being left-side dominant. This is in fact where Conan O’Brien may class himself as left-side dominant, perhaps.
Someone who is left-side dominant in the brain is said to be more analytical and methodical. These are attributes claimed by a person with a high IQ, and a more academic mindset. Although, dominance of the right side of the brain leads to more creativity. So in actual fact, Conan O’Brien may be dead center!
What can’t be disputed though, is Conan’s intelligence. We’ve highlighted that he graduated Harvard with a major in American History, but he also graduated magna cum laude. This means ‘with great praise’.
An interesting video circulated in 2017, in which Conan O’Brien took the NYC Citizenship test. This test gauges a person’s understanding of the ways of an American citizen, quizzing them on past and present knowledge. You can see the video at the link below.
So, while Conan O’Brien is right-handed, he still remains quite a unique person through his intelligence, charisma and comedy. It’s hard to determine which side of his brain is most dominant however, so perhaps he is equally balanced in that regard.