Conan O’Brien sets launch date for new podcast, names Will Ferrell as first guest

#ImWithCoco veterans, assemble: Conan O’Brien will debut his new podcast, “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” Monday Nov. 19 with guest Will Ferrell, Team Coco and Earwolf announced Thursday.

“After 25 years of extensive market research we have learned that people want to hear my voice without seeing my face. So rejoice, America,” O’Brien said in a statement.

“It’s a chance for me to just be me,” O’Brien adds in the preview to his podcast, which you can listen to below. “I get to have a really intimate conversation with these people.”

The podcast will launch an initial 36-week run with a lineup that includes guests like Kristen Bell, Bill Burr, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Marc Maron and Wanda Sykes.

“Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” comes after the announcement that O’Brien’s late-night talk show “Conan” will reformat in January into a half-hour series. “Conan” will remain with TBS during the transition.

“It gives us the opportunity to double down on stuff we’re doing that works best and resonates with our fan base, especially our digital stuff, and make the show leaner so I’m never out there filling time in any way,” O’Brien said during the initial announcement of the format change in May.

The podcast will be available through iTunes, Stitcher and every major podcast outlet.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Conan O'Brien attends the 2017 Turner Upfront at Madison Square Garden on May 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08: Conan O'Brien is seen on May 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter attend the Turner Upfront 2017 green room at Lugo Cucina Italiana on May 17, 2017 in New York City. 26617_005 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - FEBRUARY 16: Conan O'Brien greets fans on February 16, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico.
OSLO, NORWAY-DECEMBER 11: Conan O'Brien speaks to the audience and celebrate this year� Nobel Peace Prize laureate President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert at Telenor Arena on December 11, 2016 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Nigel Waldron/ Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Liza Powel O'Brien, TV personality Conan O'Brien, and honoree Jack White attend the P&E Wing Event honoring Jack White at The Village Studios on February 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
OSLO, NORWAY-DECEMBER 11: host Conan O'Brien of United States attends the press conference ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize Concert at the Norwegian Nobel Institute. Tonight's Nobel Peace Prize Concert will be hosted by Conan O'Brien to honour this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on December 11, 2016 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Nigel Waldron/ Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 01: Liza O'Brien (L) and Conan O'Brien arrive to the Children's Defense Fund-California's 26th Annual Beat The Odds Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 1, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 01: Conan O'Brien arrives to the Children's Defense Fund-California's 26th Annual Beat The Odds Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 1, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Honorees Destiny Novillo and Cierra Gunderson, host Conan O'Brien, and honorees Alexandra Flores and Jose Aceves onstage during the 26th Annual Beat The Odds Awards, hosted by Children's Defense Fund - California, at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on December 1, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Children's Defense Fund )
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 19: Television host, Conan O'Brien, speaks onstage during 'Our Brands, Ourselves' at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 19, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Conan O'Brien is seen at LAX on October 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 24: Conan O'Brien attends the TBS For Your Consideration event at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 24: (L-R) Kevin Pereira, Conan O'Brien and Jere Burns attend TBS Night Out LA at The Theater at The Ace Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 26162_001 (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 24: Comedian Conan O'Brien attends TBS Night Out LA at The Theater at The Ace Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 26162_001 (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
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