“Conan” host pulled out archival footage of him in an “improv” video he did for the National Association of Music Merchants
When Conan O'Brien was still trying to get his break into show business, like everyone else, he took what jobs he could to get by. Usually, late night hosts like to surprise their guests by digging up embarrassing old video footage of them from earlier in their career. But on “Conan,” the host decided to embarrass himself.
In 1986, it was still two years before he would get that break as a writer on “Saturday Night Live.” So O'Brien took a gig as a member of the “Success on Your Terms” improv troupe for the National Association of Music Merchants. It was all for a training video for music store employees.
O'Brien portrayed a difficult “opinionated” type of customer who flustered the store clerk by talking over him and cutting down the quality of the guitar he was considering.
It may not have been particularly great material, but it was a small step toward Conan O'Brien achieving all the success he has today. Plus, now we know he's very particular about his instruments.