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Conan goes to North Korea, somehow avoids starting a war

Conan O'Brien North Korea Talk Show Video

It’s always fun seeing Conan O’Brien travel to foreign countries and generally act like a big goofball. Last year, for example, he went to visit Cuba and proceeded to get hilariously wasted on Cuban rum. This year he’s decided to travel to a communist country that’s significantly more dangerous: North Korea.

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OK, so Conan didn’t exactly sneak his camera crew across the demilitarized zone and spend a week hanging out in Pyongyang. Instead, he brought Korean American actor Steven Yeun (a.k.a., Glenn Rhee on The Walking Dead) with him to the Joint Security Area on the border between North Korea and South Korea, and then wandered into North Korean territory for about five minutes.

Along the way, Conan declares that a member of the South Korean military is the “best dressed soldier” that he’s ever seen and informs him that he could be a “Janet Jackson backup dancer.” He also hosts the world’s first-ever North Korean talk show in which he interviews “traitor and tail-chasing dog Steven Yuen” about this work on The Walking Dead.

The good news is that Conan and Yeun finished their segment without setting off a major international incident, which could open the door for future American talk shows to set up shop in North Korea… but probably not.

Check out the whole thing for yourself below.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.