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Whether Dustin Likes It Our Not, Here's Conan O'Brien Pretending To Motorboat People As Richard Nixon

By Andrew Sanford | TV | August 29, 2022 |

By Andrew Sanford | TV | August 29, 2022 |


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Over a month ago, our fearless leader Dustin asked if he could cover something said on Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend. I agreed to let him have at it, assuming he covered an essential part of that week’s episode. If you visit this site with any sort of frequency, it should not surprise you to learn that Dustin focused on the Walking Dead angle of the episode. That’s all well and good. Steven Yeun was the guest. Why wouldn’t Dustin pick that up? The problem is he still missed the triumph of the episode: Conan O’Brien pretending to motorboat people as Richard Nixon.

That sentence alone should have you saying, “Why? Why would Dustin not rush to cover that!?” In his defense, there was no video available at the time. Sure, Dustin could have gleefully typed out what motorboat sounds would be. Probably something like, “Buuhghhwgwgwghwgwhwg!” But that just wouldn’t be the same, would it? You need to see Conan’s face wiggle in the wind as he shakes it back and forth, his hands making peace signs. Now we have that luxury.

While seeing Conan imitating the 37th president of the United States in such a fashion was hilarious, seeing the reaction of his assistant, Sona Movsesian is what sells it. She seems mortified, and I don’t blame her in the slightest. Conan seems almost like a father figure to her, and she had to witness his motorboating skills in action. I’d also be remiss if I did not mention that Matt Gourley seems into it. He’s a world-class improviser, so he’s good at supporting jokes, but here there’s an extra twinkle in his eye.

Dustin cannot keep this from you anymore! You deserve to see Conan O’Brien imitate the sounds and gestures of Tricky Dick when he would motorboat someone. Try as he might, he cannot shield your brains from the truth! Resist, my fellow freedom fighters! Stand up for your rights! Which are, in this case, the rights to watch Conan O’Brien wiggle his face and wet his lips as if he is Richard Nixon motorboating his wife Pat Ryan.

Take that, Dustin!