Conan Christmas classic: Conan goes caroling in New Jersey

Conan O'Brien (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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Celebrate Christmas Eve with this classic Late Night with Conan O’Brien clip

With Christmas just a day away, late night television has been off all week. It’s the perfect time to look back at some classic clips that can also help get you in the holiday spirit. And nobody has a collection quite like Conan O’Brien.

Late night fans rarely need an excuse to go into the Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Conan archives. But between the off week for late night, the Christmas holiday, and news that O’Brien only has a few months left as a late night host, it’s a great time to look back at the best.

Christmas comes with a lot of traditions from putting up lights, baking cookies, and caroling. Back in 2004, O’Brien decided to dive headfirst into the world of professional caroling.

In this classic Late Night with Conan O’Brien piece, O’Brien joined with the Yuletide Carolers, a group of holiday singers, to go door to door. Anyone familiar with how O’Brien gets when it comes to singing could probably predict how it went:

As with any of Conan O’Brien’s best remote pieces, there are people taking what they do very seriously while trying to tolerate the comedian’s antics. The carolers looking to spread some holiday cheer have to deal with O’Brien questioning their talent, improvising songs, and leading a getaway from the police.

With things the way they are in 2020, door-to-door caroling is even more of a thing of the past. O’Brien made the case for retiring the tradition in 2004 by complaining that the songs were too old and that people were more interested in watching basic cable shows like Law & Order.

Conan O’Brien has found a new way to sing Christmas songs

So while Conan O’Brien may not be a fan of caroling, the comedian is still a fan of Christmas songs. He has proved that over the past few weeks while raising some money for charity along the way.

O’Brien has reunited with members of the Basic Cable Band, which hasn’t been seen since Conan changed its format, to raise awareness and money for the Get Together Foundation. Check out their renditions of “Feliz Navidad” and “Santa Claus is in Town” below.

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What did you think of Conan O’Brien’s caroling performance? What’s your favorite Christmas moment from Late Night? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.