Last night, we learned for the first time that Conan O’Brien chose to go somewhere different than to the “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special in New York City. He opted to become the first late-night host in more than fifty years to film an episode of his show from Cuba. This is a huge accomplishment for him, and a great opportunity for the average American viewer to get a sense of what life is really like there.
Is Conan the first TV host to be there? No, but the difference here is that the major news institutions are watched by older viewers, and these are not shows that tend to get much traction online. We have a feeling that at least in America, more attention will be drawn to “Conan” than any other.
Conan confirmed on Monday that the reports of his trip are accurate, and it seems already like he had an unbelievable experience there. Something that has been forgotten in the midst of the Castro regime and all of the politics is that the people there are the same sort of people who are anywhere else around the world. They are probably just as interested in seeing the real America as some Americans are to see the real Cuba.
Of course, we don’t expect Conan’s show to be a serious expose of life in Cuba by any means. That’s not really his role. Instead, we expect it to be a little bit more based around humor and just showing the lighter, fun side of the country … maybe the side that many out there do not know.
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