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Late Night: Conan discovers why sex is hard for tall people

January 17, 2012 |  9:43 am

Short men don't always have it easy -- or at least they don't outside of Hollywood -- but, as comedian Stephen Merchant vividly demonstrated on Tuesday night's "Conan," being an extremely tall man also poses certain romantic challenges.

As Merchant, best known for his various collaborations with Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais, explained to fellow tall guy Conan O'Brien, "It's incredibly difficult, the love-making, when you're 6-foot-7." Making matters more difficult, Merchant claimed, is the fact that the average woman in the U.K. is 5-foot-4 -- a full 15 inches shorter than the gangly Englishman.

Merchant used O'Brien to give viewers at home a better idea of his bedroom difficulties -- and, quite possibly, nightmares for the next few weeks. First, he asked O'Brien to kneel onstage, in a rough approximation of the average British woman's height. O'Brien obliged, a look of terror in his eyes.

"I'd have to sort of limbo in," Merchant said, then proceeded to do just that, squatting down and scooting awkwardly toward O'Brien. "You can see the trouble we'd have." (We certainly can.) 

It was a night of randy British humor on "Conan": Earlier in the show, "Contraband" star Kate Beckinsale told O'Brien a lengthy story about stashing an enormous rubber penis in her mother's purse. Those Brits -- simply incorrigible!



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— Meredith Blake

 Photo: Conan O'Brien. Credit: Art Streiber / TBS.