LOS ANGELES — Speaking to Sona Movsesian one would be hard-pressed to remember that this young woman regularly appears on the popular “Conan” talk show on TBS, and is co-host, along with Conan O’Brien and producer Matt Gourley, of the very popular “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend Podcast,” as well as the “Summer S’mores with Conan and the Chill Chums.”
You can even buy Sona swag, including “Team Sona” t-shirts and “World’s Worst Assistant” mugs.
Movsesian, who sounds exactly like the friendly person one hears on the podcast, said it is no accident. “If I have a camera pointed at me or not, I am the same person. It’s me.”
Movsesian sounds enviably relaxed. “I have always been someone who is not stressed or anxious. I’m definitely not creating a persona.”
For about 10 years, Movsesian has been O’Brien assistant. For the bulk of those years, the running joke, both on television and now on the podcast, is what an awful assistant she is, and in turn, what a mean boss O’Brien is.
Of course, had Movsesian been a bad assistant in real life, she would have long been replaced. The older-brother-bratty-younger-sister dynamic is one that both relish and which has resulted in ratings gold. According to Variety, each “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” podcast is downloaded more than one million times, making it one of the most popular podcasts now.