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  • So we're just going to show the cold open?

  • [Crew Member] Well, you do the setup.

  • (beep) (hand slapping)

  • Aha!

  • Your shoulder's gotten soft.

  • Hasn't been slapped and slapped for 15 months.

  • That's right. It healed.

  • (beep)

  • You're still getting all of this, right?

  • (upbeat music)

  • Hey, Conan O'Brien here for another edition

  • of Behind the Nonsense.

  • This is where we explore some of the tomfoolery

  • behind the scenes, how things got made,

  • and we discuss very loosely how it all happened

  • with the people who made it happen.

  • And I'm sitting here with two terrific writers,

  • Jesse Gaskell, hey, Jessie.

  • Hey, Conan.

  • Jose Arroyo.

  • Hey, Conan.

  • And you seemed uncomfortable.

  • I was just saying, "Hey, Conan."

  • Okay. I love to try and make him...

  • Should we take it again?

  • No, we're gonna stick with that. I love that.

  • "Hey, Conan."

  • Anyway, I don't mean to embarrass you,

  • but you're excellent writers and you have come with me

  • on every single travel show.

  • Whenever we go anywhere in the world

  • for Conan Without Borders,

  • this is a core of my writing team,

  • along with Mr. Mike Sweeney.

  • We're gonna talk now about the cold open

  • for the Mexico show.

  • Yes.

  • We went to Mexico City and we did a show.

  • And just to set the table,

  • Donald Trump was elected president in 2016.

  • He said he was gonna build a wall

  • and Mexico would pay for it.

  • It stirred up, I think, a lot of xenophobia

  • about Mexico and the border.

  • And so this is 2017 and we decided

  • we should go to Mexico City and do a show

  • and do it with the help of the Mexican people

  • who work in the television industry.

  • So this was the cold open to that show.

  • Why don't we show it then we'll talk about it?

  • Sure.

  • And the show in general. Let's take a look.

  • (upbeat music)

  • (audience clapping)

  • (Mexican trumpet music)

  • (audience laughing)

  • (audience laughing)

  • (audience cheering)

  • Hi.

  • Buenos tardes. Pasaporte.

  • Oh, yeah.

  • (audience laughing)

  • There you go.

  • (audience laughing)

  • It's O'Brien. Conan O'Brien, I'm him.

  • (audience laughing)

  • The comedian.

  • TV host. Doing a big show in Mexico City.

  • Check it out.

  • (audience laughing)

  • (man speaking Spanish)

  • [Officer] Could you please step out of line, sir?

  • Uh, okay.

  • We have a new policy.

  • Americans are subject to extreme vetting.

  • Extreme vetting?

  • You might just be one of those bad hombres.

  • (audience laughing)

  • Look, I see what you're doing, all right?

  • We got some new people running the United States

  • and that's created some tension between our countries,

  • but you can't lump all Americans into one group.

  • It's not fair. It's stereotyping.

  • (officers laughing) (audience laughing)

  • (man speaking Spanish)

  • (audience laughing)

  • (Conan laughing nervously)

  • Bienvenido a Mexico.

  • Gracias. Thank you so much.

  • (dog growling)

  • (dramatic music)

  • Okay, that's my favorite sunscreen.

  • I wasn't sure if you guys would have good Mexican food.

  • (audience groaning)

  • I stayed there like 15 years ago, okay?

  • And I stole the towel.

  • (dog growling)

  • That is yours to keep and I'll just see myself

  • through the border.

  • This is a great, great gate.

  • (dog barking)

  • (Mexican trumpet music)

  • (audience applauding)

  • Okay, I don't know if you can see all the way to the end,

  • but I don't know if that's the take

  • where the dog actually got me?

  • Is that the take?

  • Yes, yes.

  • Well, that's what we were just reminiscing fondly about.

  • I was told, I think, to get down before the dog gets me,

  • but I always like to go for it.

  • And I'm pretty sure that dog chomped me on the thigh?

  • Yeah. Well, that was a real police dog.

  • I mean, that's a, like a Belgian Malinois?

  • Is that the...

  • I don't know. I didn't hire the dog.

  • I would've assumed you would've gotten a non-lethal dog,

  • but you're looking to me for like,

  • "That was the lethal dog that we got, right?"

  • That's you who got the dog.

  • They were trained and you were supposed to run.

  • The dog was gonna chase you and you were supposed

  • to stop at a certain point, but I think...

  • Well, when a killing dog is chasing you,

  • hard to stop as it nears, but...

  • And it broke the skin. Yeah.

  • Yeah, yeah, it did break the skin

  • and I remembered walking back and tore the pants leg

  • and so I saw blood and torn pants leg, and I thought...

  • And we had other pants, so that was fine.

  • Yeah, what you care? Yeah.

  • For us, that's political, about as political as we get,

  • because we don't often do political humor,

  • but it was such a charged atmosphere.

  • And actually something we like to do

  • with a lot of the Conan Without Borders shows

  • is flip the script so that I'm the American in this case,

  • like the gringo is the interloper.

  • So the power position's been switched

  • and so I thought it was a really good idea that you guys had

  • that I'm trying to get into Mexico and they're harassing me,

  • the way people thought we were harassing

  • Mexicans who were trying to come

  • and so there was a real nice simplicity to it,

  • but then we go to silly jokes that make fun of me.

  • And the joke really is all the way through on me,

  • which is the kind of stuff I like to do.

  • Exactly. Exactly.

  • And you took advantage of that charged atmosphere,

  • you know, from the politics at the time.

  • So all we had to do was, you know,

  • give the same lines that Trump was saying

  • to the Mexican guards.

  • They're not sending us their best or things like that.

  • And of course, it got a great reaction.

  • Yeah, we shot it at Televisa in Ciudad de Mexico

  • and everyone who worked on it was fantastic.

  • [Jose] Yes.

  • I mean, they helped us.

  • It was important to me that we got to do it

  • with the help of Mexican television makers

  • and executives and camera operators.

  • Yes.

  • And so that was fun to show that cold open

  • to that audience.

  • They got a huge kick out of it, again.

  • Yeah and then they watched me do a monologue in Spanish.

  • All in Spanish.

  • And I remembered you backstage, you running,

  • 'cause you're fluent.

  • Yes.

  • You just running it with me over and over and over again

  • so that my accent was better,

  • my pronunciation was a little more fluent,

  • because I really wanted to earn the laughs in Spanish.

  • And so that ended up working out.

  • (Conan speaking Spanish)

  • (audience laughing)

  • You did four or five monologue jokes,

  • the same stuff that you do on, you know,

  • in the US show and your phonetic pronunciation was great.

  • It came out really good.

  • You know, I also think there's something that's happened,

  • I noticed it with this piece, which is,

  • we were really able to take advantage of this

  • when we moved to Los Angeles.

  • We did all those years in New York and made all this comedy

  • that I'm really proud of, not all of it, but a lot of it.

  • (Jesse laughing)

  • Let's be honest, it's a numbers game.

  • But when we came here to Los Angeles

  • and the locations that we can get are so cinematic,

  • and that was one of the things that I counted on

  • when we came out here.

  • I didn't even know that drones were gonna be a thing,

  • but the drone shots that we can get.

  • And so it's that Breaking Bad look

  • and we have excellent camera technicians

  • and cameramen and people who know

  • how to make things look amazing.

  • They can always match these looks

  • and you guys were always meticulous, storyboarding things,

  • and so to pull people into the reality

  • of a situation like that,

  • you really do feel like I'm walking across the desert

  • and you're looking at a legitimate piece of filmmaking,

  • rather than the cold open to, you know, a nightly show,

  • so that, I think, was something that I was proud of.

  • I do feel bad about rubbing ham on the back of your pants.

  • (Jesse laughing)

  • You told me it was your good luck ritual.

  • Yeah, and the dog...

  • You always have ham.

  • Jose really does have little leather pouches.

  • He'll wait until we're sitting in traffic

  • on a bus or something and then he'll...

  • On a travel show.

  • Very obviously pull one out of his backpack,

  • because it's almost like the red flag in front of the bull.

  • Because it enrages Conan to see

  • these tiny little things that I sometime have.

  • He has a very Euro-centric sensibility

  • and he has lots of little tiny pouches and leather cases,

  • and he has fine little pens and pencils,

  • and he has little sketching pads,

  • and you've never seen anything like them before,

  • unless you were raised in Holland

  • and he'll pull out this little pouch and he'll open it up

  • and there's one little nectarine wedge

  • that he keeps in there.

  • And then he'll go, like, "Mm, mm."

  • And then like, "Mm, just enough. Not too much, just enough."

  • And then he'll zip it up again.

  • And I always wanted to throw you out the bus window.

  • Yes, exactly.

  • And I think several times I did.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Have this sold on eBay, please.

  • Absolutely.

  • That's my saliva.

  • Hello? Oh, Spielberg.

  • Excuse me.

So we're just going to show the cold open?

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