Conan O’Brien has always considered himself to be a comedian on the edge, and while many of his former friends and colleagues are celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live” in New York City, he is somewhere that really is uncharted waters for many Americans: Cuba.
According to a new report from Deadline, Conan has traveled to the country this weekend specifically since he does not have to do a live show on President’s Day, and therefore, he has a little more time for the trip. The content being filmed there will obviously be funny, but could also be a chance to show what life in Cuba really is like in 2015.
This trip marks the first time in which a late-night comedian has done anything in Cuba in over fifty years. The United States embargo began back in 1962, and since that point, all American programs have steered clear. The restrictions being lifted obviously made history, and there are some television networks that are trying to take advantage of making the trip down. For example, we have already seen many major network news outlets anchor from Cuba in the past several weeks.
Conan is never afraid to travel for his show, given that he has hosted episodes already from Texas and Atlanta. He also of course hosted “Late Night” for many years in New York. Obviously, we feel like there will be many stories made all about him not being at the “SNL” anniversary event, but it feels like he is ultimately doing something that is important in its own way.
This episode with the Cuba footage is going to air on TBS March 1.
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