Coco Now Pronounces You Dude And Dude, You May Kiss The Dude

By Rob Payne | Trade News | October 31, 2011 | Comments ()

By Rob Payne | Trade News | October 31, 2011 |

But there will be one more reason to celebrate Conan the O'Brien's return to the city that helped establish his pop culture iconography, as Vulture is reporting that the late-at-night comedian will also be officiating the wedding of a long-time staff member to their romantic partner on one of this week's episodes. Said staff member just so happens to be a man, and so is his fiance. O'Brien will take advantage of his apparent ordainment in the Universal Life Church, and New York's recently passed gay marriage laws, to wed the same-sex couple. The ceremony is obviously more than a ratings grabber to the people involved, as TBS and the show's producers are quick to dismiss even the term "publicity stunt." But it strikes me as disingenuous to say that, what is undoubtedly one of, the first ever live televised homosexual weddings isn't also some sort of political statement. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

After all, Conan couldn't have done this when he previously hosted a nationally televised talk show in NYC, and Jay Leno never officiated any gay marriages back when it was legal in California (once upon a time). I'm not doubting the sincerity of the moment, but I find it fitting that Conan O'Brien will commemorate New York's legalization of gay marriage in much the same way Homer did when Springfield legalized it on "The Simpsons." Though, I think the relative shoulder shrugging about the proceedings from those involved is probably closer in sentiment to how the topic was addressed in "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Which is, clearly, the way it should be.

All in all, the whole shebang is merely yet another reason why those of us who were "with" Coco will always be "with" Coco. So, watch his damn show, already!

Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force and tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar. He wonders if "Conan" hosted a female homosexual wedding, would more of us be likely to tune in?

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