Seems Conan O'Brien's flirtation with Fresno has fizzled
It's a Coco-No.The flirtation between Conan O'Brien and Fresno has fizzled.
Last July, after the talk-show host joked he was going to send a giant bobblehead doll of himself to the beleaguered city as a tourist attraction to raise funds, the city's mayors and enthusiastic residents launched a campaign to get him to really visit "The 'No" (a nickname that persists despite an old Chamber of Commerce jingle promoting "Fres-Yes!").
On his show this week O'Brien played a clip of a video posted at "Gotta Love Fresno" (and embedded above). It shows a life-sized Conan cardboard cut-out at local landmarks as a parody of the Beach Boys song "Kokomo" -- revised as "Coco-No" for the video -- plays in the back ground. (The highlight: "Dinuba, Mendota, oooh I want to show you Orosi...")
He determined the city which is some $462 million in debt, now owes an additional $135 million.
"Soooooo ... this is over now, right?" writes Fresno Bee columnist Mike Oz.
-- Diana Marcum in Fresno