Conan O'Brien says his talk show set was robbed overnight: 'I can't think of anything lower'

Lizzy Buczak
October 27, 2020 - 4:11 pm
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Conan O’Brien’s makeshift talk show set was robbed.

During Monday’s broadcast, the host and comedian revealed “someone broke into our little theater and took some of our equipment.”

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the show temporarily set up shop at nightclub and cabaret, Largo at the Coronet, in Los Angeles.

"We got robbed, Andy," he told his sidekick Andy Richter. "Robbed!” he emphasized.

The 57-year-old took a lighthearted approach to the serious situation, stating: "And whoever broke in here had to stare at 350 cardboard cutouts of exuberant fans in the eyes and say, 'Hey, don't mind me. I'm going to steal some s—.”

Since the show has gone sans audience since the onset of the pandemic, Conan was referring to the cardboard cutouts of faux fans.

Among the items stolen were several laptops used for Zoom interviews along with the show’s wooden clapperboard.

"That's the lowest. I can't think of anything lower," O'Brien said after being notified of the stolen items.

He added: "Okay, the laptops — fine. [But] you took the slate? That's crazy."

Conan joked that this kind of thing doesn’t happen to other late night talk shows like “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.”

"What happened to us? We've become this garage band that drives around. We've got our van and we parked it in an alley, and someone broke in and took our amps," Conan mused. "What is that? This doesn't happen to the other talk show hosts."

"What kind of new low is this for us," he continued, laughing. "Man, just for the laugh alone, maybe it's worth it."

“Late Night with Conan O’Brien” has been broadcasting from the historic theater known for stand-up comedy shows since July.

People noted it was the show’s way of helping entertainment venues affected by coronavirus shutdowns.

The club means a great deal to Conan as he started doing improve there in 1986. “I’m glad we’ve figured out a way to safely keep that theater going during this lockdown," he said in a statement.

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