Checking in with his assistant Sona Movsesian, Conan O’Brien made it clear that things haven’t changed in quarantine.
In the midst of social distancing and quarantining, it is a good idea to check in with friends, family, and co-workers. Conan O’Brien has been setting a good example through virtual visits with his employees…even if the dynamic isn’t the best example.
The relationship between O’Brien and his assistant Sona Movsesian isn’t your typical employer-employee relationship. That is, unless you’re used to a two-way stream of nearly constant insults and teasing.
But Conan and Sona have made it work for years now and it has made Sona a fan-favorite. She has been interviewed on Conan, been the star of multiple remote pieces at the Team Coco office, and currently co-hosts the “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” podcast.
So it would make sense that while quarantined, O’Brien would check in with Sona to see how life is going. Anyone who thought that these trying times would bring out a softer side in Conan or encourage him to lay off these teasing was sorely mistaken.
Chances are that some viewers have also experienced “technical difficulties” when they were expected to connect with a family member or coworker via Zoom. It is a little harder to turn down plans in quarantine so a bad internet connection or dead battery is the new version of an “I can’t” text. That may not have been Sona’s intention here but it almost saved her from a few of Conan’s zingers.
Conan’s impersonation of an HR rep was another example of how Sona begrudgingly indulges some of his bits. But for fans who are curious how an actual meeting among Conan, Sona, and HR would go can turn to this recent bit from the show:
Conan fans have wanted an update from Sona Movsesian just as much as they’ve wanted comedy from Conan O’Brien. Without a clear end in sight for social distancing, this won’t be the last virtual visit between the two. That means plenty of time for Sona to charger her batteries.