Check out UCLA fourth year Nathan Galovan on The Conan O’ Brien Show!
Nathan Galovan is a twenty-one year old Film and Television major who aspires to be a comedic screenwriter. As Conan-internshipless students over at On The HIll, we personally believe that this is a major step forward into the entertainment industry. And so curious about how he got onto the show, Jerry from On The Hill (OTH) invited him over to the studio to talk about how he obtained the position. Though Nathan professes after a long talk that there is no magical formula to secure an internship on a show such as Conan, Nathan was glad to share with us the many activities he has been engaged in on campus to give us a clue as to how we may go along those same steps.
Back in his freshman year, when he first joined UCLA radio, Nathan found that his fascination with comedy was unfulfilled due to a lack of a comedy department at the station. After gaining some experience, Nathan decided to start his own comedy show, Late Noon with Nathan Galovan (now namedBruin Comedy Classic after two changes), which he says best mirrors SNL’s Weekend Update. According to Nathan, the comedy is “kind of like a satirical news portion of the radio, and we have topical jokes and characters on the show.” Via sketches and character pieces, Nathan and his guests give their witty inputs on current events like Bill Gates regaining his spot as richest man on the world. This comedy show later expanded into an entire comedy department equipped with interns and other members of the staff.
In addition, Nathan – along with a few of his peers — have also revived Satyr, a student-run humor magazine once prominent in the 60’s, which functions as (quite obviously) a satire of current cultural events. Nathan is also a writer and actor for the hilarious Company, which performs annually at Spring Sing. As if that weren’t enough, Nathan also worked for ResTV – UCLA’s residential life channel – as a video production assistant. He says that his experience tailoring his sketches for a specific audience and writing under guidelines for ResTV were crucial to his current success.
Having previously lived on campus, we decided to ask him what part of residential life he enjoyed most. Nathan says that, above all, he enjoyed “the communal aspect of res-life, which was a great opportunity to go to events and meet people.” Nathan found the opportunities for personal relationships one of the best parts of living on the hill. He remarks Hedrick Hall was the best place to dine because of both its view and the long conversations there he enjoyed with his friends. And on a final parting note, when asked for his advice to those who would like to take a step into the industry, he says, “Actually go out there and do things. A lot of people say they want to be [something]… but never end up doing it.” So get out there, Bruins!
Interview by Jerry Cheung