‘You can’t do that on a podcast’: Paul Rudd successfully revived his classic ‘Mac and Me’ gag on an episode of ‘Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend’

Comedy April 4, 2022
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Listen to Paul Rudd on ‘Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend’

Conan O’Brien needed a friend and started his podcast in 2018 to chat with an assortment of guests ranging from celebrities to everyday people. When Conan stepped away from the Late Night desk after 25 years, he realized he had yet to segue any of his conversations or interviews into lasting friendships. The only guests at his holiday parties were colleagues, and he decided it was time to branch out and befriend people with his podcast series.

Actor and People’s Sexiest Man Alive, Paul Rudd, was brought back by popular demand for a heart-warming, 72-minute episode. Conan and Paul shared their mutual admiration for one another and recapped their last chat from 2019 where they discussed barbecuing, learning how to bartend, and flexing their showbiz muscle memories.

In their recent convo, Paul and Conan got into their favorite European foods, life outlooks, injections, body measurements, and more. Paul shared getting “knee-deep” into things, some future projects, and revived the Mac and Me gag during their convo. This time around, Paul masterfully staged the joke with vivid descriptions of a scripted Audible series he’s working on with friends. The recurring fake-out, which started in 2004, leads Conan to play a video clip from 1988’s film Mac and Me.

Paul had Conan rolling on the floor when he realized he was getting pranked once again. Conan was impressed that Paul seamlessly recreated the bit for a podcast, since it relies heavily on the visual component.

Later in the episode, Conan’s right-hand podcast man, Matt Gourley, shared a song about a chicken attacking his relative.

Conan invites listeners ask questions via voicemail to be answered in future episodes. This series is presented by Team Coco, and they also upload interview video clips to YouTube. If you’re a Conan fan, we also recommend tuning into “Inside Conan: An Important Hollywood Podcast,” by the longtime Conan writers Mike Sweeney and Jessie Gaskell. They share behind-the-scenes stories from filming, Conan history, and more.

Join Conan on his comedic friend-making quest in new, semiweekly episodes wherever you listen to your favorite shows.

Listen to Paul Rudd on ‘Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend’

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