In case you missed it, a jet-lagged Conan O’Brien went on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to tell him all about his trip to Cuba — which he described as a “sophisticated Spring Break” filled with cigars, rum and dancing rhumba.
Apparently, as soon as he heard that Obama was warming up relations with Cuba, he jumped on board almost immediately because he wanted to get there before The View.
O'Brien said even though him and his production team filled out the proper paperwork, they weren’t completely sure that they were going to get in at all and how long they were going to stay. But in the end, it all worked out.
As you can imagine, the Conan star wasn’t recognized by Cubans. In fact, he said that Cubans didn’t even assume he was American. “They thought I was from Ireland,” O'Brien told Stewart.
The late night show host said he wanted to use this trip as an opportunity to try his shtick on Cubans to see if his material resonated without being “comedically snarky.”
But, by far, the best part was not only get to know the Cuban people — even if he was using his 8th grade knowledge of Spanish — because in his experience they are very interested in how the United States views them.
Shout out to his two Spanish-speaking writers who helped O'Brien out. “The people are very interested in them getting to know us and us getting to know them,” he added.
O’Brien is no stranger to road trips. He’s taken the show to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Toronto, and Ireland. This could be the trip to open up the floodgates to other production in Cuba.
Conan O'Brien's show on Cuba will air March 4 at 11 p.m. EST.