April 13 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of Conan O’Brien’s audition to replace David Letterman as host of NBC’s Late Night. No matter how memorable the Walker, Texas Ranger Lever or Max Weinberg PSAs have been, Conan is at his best when he is doing a remote piece in the field. If his show with TBS ever comes to a close, Conan could have an amazing Travel Channel program. Here are five classic Conan remotes:
Conan Writes Chicago Blues Songs With School Kids
Conan’s version of Kids Say The Darndest Things was taped during his show’s 2012 trip to Chicago. He and Late Night band member Jimmy Vivino took a field trip to a Chicago school and recorded blues songs based on the student’s woes. Their troubles? Edamame, no chocolate at lunch, and stolen teddy bears.
Conan Stars In North Korea’s First Late Night Talk Show
This is one of Conan’s few moments on television where he faced problems from someone other than Jay Leno. In a trip to South Korea, he went to the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea. He and The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun hosted a mock late night show in a conference room located at the DMZ. There is a moment in which the harsh reality of the segment comes to fruition. An American soldier tells O’Brien not to touch or go behind a North Korean soldier guarding the opposite side of the conference room because he could not help him after that. Conan is also informed that North Korean officials are watching video of him inside the conference room. It is a terrifying reminder of the differences of the two Koreas.
Conan Visits Ireland
This visit to Ireland is a must-see clip. Conan ventured to County Limerick to find relatives that share his last name, only to find himself on the too-windy Cliffs of Moher. He also wanders around Ireland with photoshopped pictures of himself and pictures of George Kennedy. The best part of the segment is his name-dropping of famous Irish Americans in front of a classroom of bewildered Irish children who have no idea who he is.
This is not the only time that Conan O’Brien has visited Ireland. Conan also visited Guinness’ Dublin Brewery in 2012.
Old Time Baseball – Late Night With Conan O’Brien,
Conan’s venture into an old time baseball league is his definitive Late Night bit. This segment followed Conan as he interacted with a league that plays baseball with 1864 rules and attire. Conan played the game in full Civil War regalia, including wearing a period-appropriate mustache. The segment really took off when Conan started mingling with the 1864 league’s groupies. Conan is at his best when he can create some sort of absurdity. Nothing could be more ridiculous than watching him high-step around the bases and talking with a Victorian Era style of speech. Even though he joked that the league was an “incredible waste of time,” it is not hard to see Conan filing out his own weekends playing 1864 baseball.
Conan Becomes A Civil War Reenactor
There is something about the 1860s that brings out the best in Conan. In 2013 he traveled to Georgia to drop in on a Civil War reenactment. In a campfire scene, Conan gets so into his character that he sounds like the Sheriff of Nottingham from Disney’s animated Robin Hood. The whole segment is him dropping quips about slipping into character and hand moisturizer.
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