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CONAN O'BRIEN Friday: Looking For Comedy In The Scandinavian World

I am – Hercules.

Tonight’s the night Conan O’Brien devotes his entire show to his travels into the heart of the backward third world nation of Finland. The foolish Fins, for those unaware, only started making commonplace use of indoor plumbing within the last hundred years. And they continue to worship invisible people in the sky. What fun Conan will make of them!

Look! A press release!!


Show Devotes Entire Hour To Air Footage of O'Brien's "State Visit" to Finland

NEW YORK, March 2, 2006 - After making headlines worldwide for his February visit to Finland and his meeting with look-alike President Tarja Halonen, Conan O'Brien is devoting his entire March 10 episode to show his Finnish travelogue.

A studio audience will join O'Brien as he presents his coverage of his visit.

"Late Night," is wildly popular in the Nordic nation and became somewhat of a political player in the country's current presidential race, specifically due to O'Brien's striking resemblance to Finnish President Halonen. The show aired mock campaign ads endorsing her and has seen an increased number of Finns in the studio audience.

From landing at the Helsinki airport, O'Brien was greeted like a visiting head of state by hundreds of reporters and thousands of avid fans (some with banners reading "Tarja Is Our President But Conan Is Our King"). Over his four-day visit, O'Brien toured around Helsinki meeting fans, taking in the local custom (the sauna) and local culture - an underwear exhibit in the Helsinki's Tennis Palace Art Museum.

In addition, O'Brien and crew winged north to Lapland to take in the wintry splendor of Finland's Arctic Circle territory, visiting native Laplanders' reindeer farms (reindeer outnumber people in Lapland), dog sledding camps, and Santa Claus' reputed home.

In addition, O'Brien met with myriad Finnish media figures. From appearing with Arto Nyberg ("the Finnish Larry King"), to being followed by the Finnish tabloid press and sitting for an interview with two ten-year-old boys, every public appearance by Conan was covered in all its surreal detail by the "Late Night" crews. In addition, "Late Night" goes backstage at the Telvis Awards ("the Finnish Emmys") where O'Brien will receive a special award at the Telvis Awards in Helsinki - the Väripilkku Award - "for the most surprising and most entertaining TV personality in Finland."

Finally, the footage will showcase the main focus of the trip: O'Brien's private Valentine's Day meeting with at the Presidential Palace with his doppelganger, President Tarja Halonen. The "Late Night" crew captures a new "Helsinki Accord," of sorts.

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  • March 10, 2006, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by clockpolitiks

  • March 10, 2006, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Oh well

    by clockpolitiks

    I will definitely watch this tonight. This just goes to show how much better Conan is, compared to Leno.

  • March 10, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Conan is a great person.

    by stlfilmwire

    He truly is.

  • March 10, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST

    moose bites can be pretty nasty, you know?

    by newc0253

    a moose once bit my sister.

  • March 10, 2006, 2:58 p.m. CST


    by RaulMonkey

  • March 10, 2006, 3:04 p.m. CST

    lol, that picture is funny!

    by Spice-Orange

    but it makes me sad because it reminds me of Craig Kilborn's "recreation of a press photo" which was SO freakin fun and stupid. man... i miss the late late show. (cries)

  • March 10, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Don't mock Finland.

    by DocPazuzu

    They battled the Soviets in two wars and put up a good fight. Make fun of Sweden instead. Talk about a useless country.

  • March 10, 2006, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Conan ain't nothin' anymore

    by SantiagoAtez

    Conan O'Brien rocked back in the day...because he was one of us. He just your Average Joe on late night TV. He reacted like we would...sometimes unsure of himself, genuinely star struck, and very very funny. But after some years (and Andy's exit) he just became a pompus ass. He still does the self-depricating humor...but it's not the same, since he's completely adapted to the lifestyle...and overconfident. Now he just makes an ass out of himself in the interviews, just so he can bathe in his attention.

  • March 10, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by God-Man

    So cheezy it's funny.

  • March 10, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Ha! Good point Doc Paz.

    by Mr Nice Gaius

    Good to see you on the boards. Where have you been? The natives have been getting restless.

  • March 10, 2006, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Everything is funny about Conan. Great human being.

  • March 10, 2006, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Conan anecdote

    by HypeEndsHere

    my girlfriend worked at 30 Rock for 3 years and never saw Conan. then last year, we went to Kauai and saw him (and his wife + baby) in as many days. weird. also ran into Jay Roach and Susanna Hoff on that trip too.

  • March 10, 2006, 5:09 p.m. CST

    The picture of an actor's self denial

    by moondoggy2u

  • March 10, 2006, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Grampa in the ring--

    by moondoggy2u

  • March 10, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Moose Bites

    by tritium

    ...and many furry animals :) Great Python reference !!!

  • March 10, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Scandinavian: too many a's

    by jmc8y

    your spelling sucks herc

  • March 10, 2006, 5:32 p.m. CST

    A M00se once bit my sister....

    by tritium

    "No really! She was Karving her initals on the m00se with the sharpened end of an interspace t00thbrush given by Svenge - her brother-in-law - an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian m0vies: "The H0t Hands of an Oslo Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge M0lars of Horst Nordfink".

  • March 10, 2006, 5:37 p.m. CST

    ...more mOOse credits:

    by tritium

    M00se Trained by: TUTTE HERMSGERV0RDENBR0TB0RDA******** Special M00se Effects: OLAF PROT*******M00se Costumes: SIGGI CHURCHILL*******M00se Choreographed by: HORST PROT III**** M00se trained to mix concrete and sign complicated insurance forms by: JURGEN WIGG

  • March 10, 2006, 5:41 p.m. CST

    by tritium

    M00ses' noses wiped by: BJORN IRKESTORM-SLATER WALKER******Large m00se on the left half side of the screen in the third scene from the end,given a thorough grounding in Latin,French and "O" Level Geography by: BO BENN*********Suggestive poses for the M00se suggested by: VIC ROTTER

  • March 10, 2006, 5:58 p.m. CST

    By invisible people in the sky?

    by programmusic

    do you mean god? Every country in the world does that

  • March 10, 2006, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Random thought

    by Moonraper

    Getting caught in the gears of a combine... having your nuts bit off by a Laplander, that's the way I wanna go.

  • March 10, 2006, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Conan's trip will rock

    by sealhunter

    you can watch his interview with the finnish media at gets interviewed by 2 10 year old bastards. They ask him questions like if his wife is hit and if he's embrassed that he looks like a women. Conan tells them their show has all the charms of the Nuremberg trials and hope their show is as funny. He openly admits on air that the interview is a disatser and he can't stop laughing. Godd shit check it out on youtubu and I would say it wil be also featured on tonights show.

  • March 10, 2006, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Conan needs to take over for Leno sooner, rather than

    by warp11


  • March 10, 2006, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Cannot wait

    by El Scorcho

    This is gonna awesome.

  • March 10, 2006, 8:42 p.m. CST

    re: sealhunter

    by luv

    a link my man! provide a link!!

  • March 10, 2006, 8:57 p.m. CST

    This is where having HDTV paysoff

    by Orionsangels


  • March 10, 2006, 9:21 p.m. CST

    The backward third world nation of Finland:

    by SuperFinn

    Infant mortality rate: Fi 3.57/1000; US 6.5/1000 ... Literacy: Fi 100%; US 97% ... Cell phones: Fi 0,9 per capita; US 0,54 per capita ... PISA test (2003): Finland tops, The US too far behind to mention. Oh and about the worshipping; The President of Finland is a agnostic single mom who is not even a member of any church, tell me again about the Gun-toting, God-fearing cowboy assclown you somehow managed to elect twice. Ignorance is bliss, isn't it?

  • March 10, 2006, 9:25 p.m. CST

    This is going to be awesome

    by Krangelus

    conan rules.

  • March 10, 2006, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Is this lame joke STILL going?

    by The True Priapic

    Jesus Christ....this prick is on Philipino ETC and every time he appears the entire bar shouts "CUNT!"I challenge the fucker to amuse me.Just once.Jesus,is this REALLy still an ongoing 'joke'.Dear fucking Lord.Hint to Cunt,making stupid faces to hide a lack of material isn't wise.Especially,when you're in astonishment as he gets a fairly interesting guest then proceeds to eat the furniture to overpower said guest.Dreadful.Truly woeful.Christ...really?This joke is really still going?

  • March 10, 2006, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones and the Fall in the Kitchen

    by digital8

  • March 10, 2006, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones and the 5am Breakfast

    by digital8

  • March 10, 2006, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones and the Constant Licking of the Lips

    by digital8

  • March 10, 2006, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones and the Search for the Grocery List

    by digital8

  • March 10, 2006, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones and the Wheelchair of Doom

    by digital8

  • March 10, 2006, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones and the Bank Visit

    by digital8

  • March 10, 2006, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Finland is a Norse

    by the scientist

    not Scandinavian. Subtle disctinction: Scandinavian is a language thing, and not a location. Norse is what you're looking for.

  • March 10, 2006, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Norse were the first to North America, right?

    by digital8

  • March 10, 2006, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Conan was and still IS GREAT!!

    by Malebolgia

    jealous ones envy, FUCK YOU!!

  • March 10, 2006, 11:17 p.m. CST

    True Malebolgia

    by digital8

    only a few things really entertain me while i am eating in front of my tv, and conan is one of them...seinfeld also and 24 and maybe a really really good movie

  • March 10, 2006, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Best thing about Conan?

    by Roxxor McOwnage

    Triumph, the insult comic dog. Now that's some funny stuff...FOR ME TO POOP ON!

  • March 10, 2006, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Conan's got great writers, great bits...

    by Shermdawg

    and defines hip, but.....Craig Ferguson, in my opinion, is more likeable. DAMN YOU ROTHMAN!!!

  • March 11, 2006, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Indiana Jones and The Search For M.Night's Script

    by masheen81

  • March 11, 2006, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Forrse Fagerstrom

    by DesertSquirrel

    I think Conan helped me find the name for my kid

  • March 11, 2006, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Fagerstrom segment made me almost fall out of my chair

    by digital8

  • March 11, 2006, 12:32 a.m. CST

    woman that dressed up as la bamba, lol, classic

    by digital8

  • March 11, 2006, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Fagerstrom was awesome

    by nalapou

    and the scene whis the two girl "friends" hugging... not as good as ireland, but still very funny from beginning to end.

  • March 11, 2006, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Tom Green goes to Japan was better!!!

    by Shermdawg


  • March 11, 2006, 12:38 a.m. CST

    as funny as conan's 7-8 min skits, except for 44 mins!!

    by digital8

  • March 11, 2006, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Best way to describe this Finland show would be...

    by Orionsangels

    A little slow and boring, but heartwarming. Conan was nice, Finland was nice to him. Everybody was nice. Conan tried his best to be funny. He had a few laughs, but in the end Conan was very polite and respectful and so was Finland. It was a magical evening. Just kinda dull.

  • March 11, 2006, 1:57 a.m. CST

    They needed Triumph and whats with these foreign shows?

    by Orionsangels

    Triumph would have been too mean, but he sure would have made the show funnier. At the expense of the Finland people of course. ---What's with these bizarre foreign shows? We know that the whole new wave scene faded away in America, but in these foreign countries. New Wave is alive and well, it's just manifested into a new form. It's now this pompus avantguard thing. All the shows are like that Mike Myers skit. deeter, pet my monkey!

  • March 11, 2006, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Finland's alliance with Germany...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...was one of convenience. They did it only for the weapons and support in fighting the Soviet Union. Finland never became fascist and remained a democratic nation. Furthermore, when Hitler demanded that Finland deport all Finnish Jews and Gypsies to the Reich, Finland refused. They had no more love for the Nazis than for the Communists.

  • March 11, 2006, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Hey Nice Gaius...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...good to see you. Real life (shock! horror!) commitments got the better of me for a while.

  • March 11, 2006, 2:25 a.m. CST

    make sure to watch Conan this Wednesday

    by freak2thec0re

    this guy you won't recognize but is me will be in the audience

  • March 11, 2006, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Lot of pointless crap in that show

    by I Dunno

    It seemed like he focused on a lot of pointless minutia and just wasted time. And why the fuck would anyone live in that kind of climate? Jebus.

  • March 11, 2006, 3:43 p.m. CST

    One stat you missed, SuperFinn

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Ability to spot Herc's lame attempt at Irony : Finland 0% | US 63%... I mean I hate Herc with a passion I usualy reserve for hobos, but even I will acknowledge he tries to be witty and subversive...

  • March 11, 2006, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Doc Paz

    by Mr Nice Gaius

    Roger that. Life happens. So, steady on.

  • March 12, 2006, 1:18 a.m. CST

    torrent, ho!

    by Tall_Boy Don't say I never do anything for you, talkback.

  • March 12, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    I Haven't Watched Conan in a LONG time ...

    by Itchy

    but I tivo'd this episode and watched it ... and you know what ? He's freaking hilarious. Reminded my of Letterman back in the day. He's basically doing crap that makes him laugh and could care less if anyone else thinks it's funny. The bit with him stopping by that fat crazy chick's house and then trying to help her get back together with her friend was GOLD, Jerry ! GOLD !

  • March 12, 2006, 2:31 p.m. CST

    "Fagerstrom! I know you're in there!"

    by Tall_Boy

    That was gold.

  • March 13, 2006, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Dudes, Forss Fagerstrom......

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ....was the funniest shit I've seen in months. If NBC is smart, they will fly that bastard to be on the show. A guy that gets famous for simply not being at home (or not answering the door), and that name. I'm still snickering as I type this almost 3 days later.