***An Instant New York Times Bestseller***
From Conan O’Brien’s longtime assistant and cohost of his podcast, Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend, a completely hilarious and irreverent how-to guide for becoming a terrible, yet unfireable employee, spilling her trade secrets for minimizing effort while maximizing the rewards.
Sona Movsesian didn’t wake up one day and decide to become the World’s Worst Assistant. Achieving such greatness is a gradual process--one that starts with long hours and hard work before it eventually descends into sneaking low-dosage edibles into your lunch and napping on your boss’s couch.
With a foreword from Conan O’Brien, The World’s Worst Assistant is populated with hysterical black-and-white illustrations, comics, and more. It’s a mixture of how-tos (like How to Nap at Work and How to Watch TV at Your Desk), tips for becoming untouchable (like memorizing social security and credit card numbers and endearing yourself to friends and family), and incredible personal stories from Sona’s twelve years spent working for Conan that put their adorable closeness and professional dysfunction on display. In these pages, Sona will explain her descent from eager, hard-working, ambitious, detail-orientated assistant to self-awarded title-holder for the worst in history.
This book is irresistible fun you’ll want to give to every young professional in your life. For readers of heartfelt humor like that of Phoebe Robinson and Colin Jost, The World’s Worst Assistant is a chance for fans, viewers, and listeners of Conan’s shows and podcast to fall in love with Sona and Conan all over again.
Movsesian debuts with a hilarious look at the past 13 years she's spent "not great at my job" as comedian Conan O'Brien's personal assistant. As O'Brien succinctly puts it in the book's foreword, when the two began working together in 2009, "Sona had the capacity to be terrible,' but she needed... a boss so outrageous, childish, and nonsensical that together we could create an insane dynamic." Oscillating between raunchy remarks and self-deprecating wit, Movsesian's narrative brings that unique partnership to life on the page. Among entertaining tales of misadventures on golf carts, starstruck introductions to former presidents, incognito stalkings, and murder fantasies, her narrative offers a refreshing departure from the traditional assistant horror stories of pleasing a tyrant boss who, Movsesian writes, "won't take kindly to your refusal to not eat shit." Indeed, many of her recollections exemplify Conan's good-natured capacity to find humor in train wreck scenarios often caused by her knack for forgetting his requests (her mantra: "It'll come to me eventually"). Movsesian also doesn't hold back in disclosing embarrassing personal experiences (like the time she dated a guy "who forgot my name in the middle of the date"), acknowledging that, despite the discomfort they've brought her, they've provided great material for her boss. Brimming with heart and humor, this story of failing upward is a hoot.
Really enjoyed hearing all of Sona's stories. Such a great book, couldn't put it down!
Sona Movsesian Has Fans
As a longtime fan of Conan O’ Brien, I followed his career from Late Night, to his criminally handled Tonight Show reign, to all iterations of TBS’s Conan. It was during one of his remotes I was introduced to Sona as Conan’s longtime assistant. I laughed loudly as she laughed and silently walked away saying “I gotta go” after admitting she drank too much one night and had the interns pick up her car from the bar she abandoned it at, using Conan’s name to grease the wheels. From then, all her appearances were a bright spot in an already blindingly bright segment. When I heard that Conan O’Brien was going to host a new podcast called Conan O’ Brien Needs a Friend with co-hosts Matt Gourley ( host of I Was There Too) I was instantly interested as I was a fan of both hosts. But then I learned it would be also co-hosted by his assistant, the infamous Sona… I couldn’t wait to see what their banter; my favorite segments of the podcast; would wrought.
Well… like the podcast… this book did not disappoint. Full of hilarious stories, some shocking, others heartfelt, we learn more about the; despite what she’ll admit; hard working Movsesian. I also purchased the unabridged audio book so I could hear her inflections as she told her story.
I highly recommend this book. She may not need fans like Conan needs friends… but she has them in spades.