Late night shows have had to change drastically during the time of COVID-19. First, hosts across networks began recording episodes in their homes. Eventually, some moved back into their studios, with a skeleton crew and no audience. Conan O’Brien set up shop at the Largo Theater in Los Angeles but was growing tired of performing to no one, so he took a cue from Major League Baseball.
When the MLB returned for a shortened 2020 season, organizations allowed fans to submit a picture of themselves along with a payment of $50 to have a cardboard cutout placed in their favorite team’s empty stadium seats. Conan liked this so much he had his crew scour their props department storage for any cardboard cutouts they could find. The results? Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor Conrad Bain, former FBI Director James Comey, and four Kevin Harts.
Now, O’Brien has made it possible for fans to submit a photo of themselves to join the audience as well! Unlike Major League Baseball, joining Conan’s audience is free (though not guaranteed). Go to teamcoco.com/cutouts and upload a photo of yourself, along with your name and city of residence. In the photo, you can be enjoying the show or not enjoying the show, because as Conan said, “If I look over there and every single person in the audience is enjoying the show, it’s not gonna feel realistic to me.
You can watch the clip below and let us know if you end up on Conan!
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