Conan O'Brien

Stephen Hawking's secret to surviving his terrible condition? A sense of humor.

Stephen Hawking's secret to surviving his terrible condition? A sense of humor.

The late-night comic had found his perfect straight man. In June 2014, John Oliver sat down with renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking for an interview.

"You've stated that there could be an infinite number of parallel universes," the host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," asked Hawking. "Does that mean there's a universe out there where I am smarter than you?"

"Yes," Hawking replied from his wheelchair, his lips bending up into a slight smile. "And also a universe where you're funny."

Hawking died early Wednesday at his home in England at the age of 76. Throughout his career as one of the world's most recognizable...

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