Conan O’Brien spoke to Terry in 2003, right before the 10 year anniversary of hosting Late Night. This moment was particularly funny (and poignant in a silly way) as he jokes about his childhood repression:
This is turning into a therapy session. I’m going to get a bill from NPR. The repression is all there, it’s real. It fuels the depression and the self-hate, it’s like a Rube Goldberg device, ‘The depression drops down onto the self-hate, which triggers the self-loathing, which then fuels the anger, which curdles into comedy, and then it sadly leads to a slow, quiet drinking problem.’
It all fits, it’s like a Swiss watch the way it interrelates … There’s an element of truth to everything I say and then I exaggerate.