Late Night: Inspired by Puppy Bowl, Conan unveils 'Puppy Conan'
Conan O'Brien knows a good thing when he sees it. On Wednesday O'Brien debuted "Puppy Conan," an all-canine version of his talk show inspired by the Puppy Bowl, Animal Planet's increasingly popular Super Bowl counter-programming.
"I thought we should jump on the puppy bandwagon. If people love it, why don't we get in on this thing," O'Brien explained. "So if you don't want to watch the show we're doing right now, we have an alternative. Please enjoy 'Puppy Conan.' "
As the audience cheered, an exact, miniature replica of the "Conan" stage emerged from behind a set of curtains. Two adorable, bewigged puppies took the place of O'Brien and his sidekick, Andy Richter.
Puppy Andy appeared to have a case of stage fright, turning away from the audience and nestling his head into the corner of his armchair. "I think Puppy Andy hates his wig as much as I do," joked Human Andy.
"That's as depressed as I always am at rehearsal," Conan said, pointing to his forlorn-looking puppy counterpart. "Doesn't it look like Puppy Conan and Puppy Andy are having a fight?"
Puppy Conan and Puppy Andy then welcomed their celebrity guest, "Justin Bieber" -- a Chihuahua in a sandy blond wig and fitted black T-shirt.
Things got a little disorienting -- and a little raunchy -- when O'Brien and Richter joined their canine doppelgangers onstage and "Justin Bieber" began to sniff around O'Brien's nether regions.
"Justin Bieber just popped up between my legs," he said.
"TMZ's going to run with that quote," Richter quipped.
Hopefully we won't have to wait until next year for another installment of "Puppy Conan."
-- Meredith Blake