Despite not being able to tell you what channel TBS is on in the New Orleans area, I still never miss an episode of Conan (thanks internet!). Last night's was no exception and it featured two New Orleans-related segments about - no surprise here - Mardi Gras.
The first featured Conan duplicating a bit from the Super Bowl where he selected a random fan from the audience and gave him a airfare, beads and a camera (check out the video starting at 10:00). Conan's instructions to the ridiculously tall John O'Connor were simple:
Here's what I want you to do. I want you to get to New Orleans, get to Mardi Gras and I want you to get in there, OK? I want you to just get crazy. I want nude pictures when you come back. I want you to try and meet some celebrities. I want you to break a law or two, all right?
Seeing as how the Conan show tapes in the early evening, O'Connor should have arrived in New Orleans by now. So everyone be on the lookout for a 6-foot-10-inch tall, scraggly (and probably confused) looking man from Pennsylvania with a video camera and make sure he has a good time, OK?
Se second segment had, kind of oddly, Martha Stewart teaching Conan how to make gumbo. The entrance was pretty ridiculous with Conan and Martha riding around on a float molded out of Conan's giant, orange head. But it kind of devolves from there (check out the video here).
It's a pretty entertaining bit — as O'Brien and Stewart segments usually are — even though the pair admits to never having gone to Mardi Gras. To Stewart's credit, the Gumbo she makes looks pretty good and she definitely gets bonus points for serving Conan a sazerac.
But it was pretty clear that both Martha and Conan could use a real Mardi Gras when she served fried oyster "po-boys" on hamburger buns (they don't have french bread in L.A.?) and then telling Conan the point of the king cake is to find the baby (anyone down here will tell you the baby just means you have to buy the next king cake).
I, for one, would welcome them both to New Orleans, if only to prove to them that you do have to come to the Big Easy to have a great, big Mardi Gras bash.