Conan Xmas: 2000

Tom Han­ks cel­e­brates Christ­mas on Conan in 2000. This has been doc­u­ment­ed as the last fun­ny thing Tom Han­ks ever did.

Mirac­u­lous­ly retrieved from the land of for­got­ten tele­vi­sion moments, four months after my plea on a Conan forum, to replace the taped copy I lost years ago. Because I like to hoard things and save them for­ev­er (ahem), I’m always dis­ap­point­ed when the inter­net fails to be effec­tive in dredg­ing up even the most insignif­i­cant cul­tur­al minu­ti­ae from the past. I’m get­ting used to it, but in the mean­time, this was a warm­ly reas­sur­ing moment in my life.

Conan’s Audition Tape

I tried to upload this to YouTube, but with words like “let­ter­man” and “conan” on it, it did­n’t stand a chance. Which I don’t get — how does NBC plan to make any mon­ey off this clip in the future?

Well any­way, I down­loaded this in like 2002 from some Conan video site. There’s this great moment when he’s inter­view­ing this first guest, and he’s idly star­ing at his desk, fid­get­ing with his pen­cil, being agree­able, and you watch this real­iza­tion come over him, that despite feel­ing out of place and unwor­thy of being behind even a fake desk, he’ll nev­er make an impres­sion unless he says what comes nat­u­ral­ly to him.