Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Season 13 Episode 126

Jennifer Anistion, Harold Perrineau, Victor Varnado

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Aired Weekdays 12:35 AM May 25, 2006 on NBC

Episode Recap

Jennifer Anniston, Harold Perrineau, Victor Varnado. Comedy bits included "Sweeps Ahoy!" and "Late Night American Idol Season 5 Finale Small Talk Moment." May is traditionally a "sweeps" month for television shows, where advertising rates are established and programs often pull stunts or have some sort of gimmick to draw addtional viewers. Despite Late Night's successes, they could "always do better," and Conan featured a preview of what they will be doing for sweeps in a segment called "Sweeps Ahoy!" The first way Late Night hopes to garner addtional viewers is by creating a disaster movie, much like NBC did with "10.5: Apocalypse." Instead of making an earthquake movie, Conan explained they chose to have the movie set in Joel Godard's announcement booth called, "Fatal Eruption: The Joelcano." The next ploy to gain viewers involves giving trumpet player, Mark Pender, his "last show," just as NBC is hoping that Katie Couric's last show will have a popular following. He is shown being asked to leave by Conan and goes back to selling hotdogs as a street vendor. Conan explained that Late Night did very well recently with a segment they called, "Jar Barf" where the lids of various condiment jars are made to look like a face expelling vomit. Next, Conan played a game with Max called "Rock or Roll." The object of the game is for Max to guess if whats under an unmarked box is a rock or a roll. Max guess a rock but was wrong for "the fifteenth time." Conan mentioned that many shows like Grey's Anatomy and Lost get great ratings because of sexual tension between characters. In an effort to replicate their success, Conan introduced fan-favorite, The Masturbating Bear but in order to create tension, he is prevented from masturbating by being shackled to a wall. After pointing out about the buzz surrounding the recent finale of American Idol Conan and Max converse about the hit show before exchanging awkward stares in the "Late Night American Idol Season 5 Finale Small Talk Moment."

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