Conan O’Brien continues to learn the native language and slang in every country visits in a way only he knows how to do.
It is a very commendable thing to do to try to learn the language when in a foreign country. Conan O’Brien has made this his mission with each new location he explores. So even though Australians speak English, the late night host took a crash course on Australian slang.
In Last Night On’s preview of “Conan Without Borders: Australia,” we mentioned how much Conan O’Brien likes to learn about the local culture when he travels. Usually this is done by O’Brien acting out extreme stereotypes or American misconceptions. It was no different when he sat down to hear all about Australian slang.
Fans already know that Conan struggles a bit when it comes to slang. He wasn’t even all that familiar with slang from his native Massachusetts until Matt LeBlanc filled him in. On top of that, O’Brien tends to have a “creepy,” but hilarious, filter that comes out all too easily. See for yourself:
In fairness to Conan, some of those terms were suggestive enough to warrant the responses he gave. But the late night legend still managed to push the envelope when it came to learning about Shelia and budgie smugglers.
Luckily for O’Brien, his teacher Gabrielle Rogers was much more easygoing than some of his past language instructors. We can only imagine if Conan was learning the Korean equivalent to “f-me dead.” That lesson would have gone even worse than it did.
It doesn’t matter whether he is learning a foreign language or slang in English. Conan O’Brien will find a way to make it weird. In fact, “Conan Makes It Weird” could very well be an alternative title to “Conan Without Borders.”
Yet even while bringing his American weirdness abroad, Conan is one of the best ambassadors the country has to offer. There is a sincere effort on his part to learn about the people and different cultures while also finding common threads that connect people. It just so happens that he gets to that point by making himself out to be a fool. It takes a special kind of tourist to willingly go to another country and act like a jackass. But Conan O’Brien has been America’s beloved jackass for the past 25 years and isn’t slowing down.
“Conan Australia” aired on TBS Wednesday night. You can catch up on the Team Coco website and YouTube channel. You can also keep checking in with Last Night On for all the highlights from Conan O’Brien’s trip to Australia.