Conan O’Brien’s much ballyhooed trip to Cuba over President’s Day weekend, will debut tomorrow night at 11 PM ET/PT as a special edition of his TBS late night show, coincidentally called Conan In Cuba.
Shot over four days in Havana, with 10 staffers, including the host and producer, Conan has said he did not want the episode to be a snarky-American comedy take, or a political statement — more fish-out-of-water. In the episode, Conan learns to roll a cigar at a cigar factory, visits a rum factory, and learns to dance the rhumba.
“When I would do stuff with them, improvise with them, they were really funny and really quick,” he said while promoting the special at a Manhattan lunch with reporters that was sandwiched between an appearance on Howard Stern’s show and a taping of The Daily Show. “This was a different agenda. Our marching orders for the B-roll was, ‘Get as much as you can of this beautiful city.’ Because it’s going to change and it’s probably going to change quickly.”
“President Obama announced that we were going to try and warm up relations a little bit with Cuba and I thought, ‘This is my chance! I want to get in before The View,” Conan O’Brien told Stewart.