February 25, 2014 | Los Angeles
It’s amazing. Despite living in California for most of my life, I’ve never been to Los Angeles. I’ve passed through to get to San Diego, stopped at the outskirts to get Porto’s and hiked across the hot, black tarmac at LAX for a transfer to Las Vegas. So, when I received an email from CONAN saying that I had won a lottery for free tickets to a live taping in Burbank, I jumped at the opportunity to create a 48-hour mini-vacation.
Check in at the Gate 8 parking garage as soon as humanly possible. We drove six hours straight from San Francisco and arrived at 12:30 pm - only to get #38. Though it’s meant to be a joke, this comedy sketch is a pretty accurate portrayal of all the waiting, standing and walking before the show. Still, it’s completely worth it. =)
- Try to get floor seats. You’re more likely to get attention from Jimmy, the comedian who warms up the crowd with taping protocol and dick jokes.
- If you can’t get floor seats, sit along the middle row with an open walkway. The band goes nuts performing before taping begins, and La Bamba may hand off his trumpet to a lucky audience member while he sings his solo.
- Do something subtle that elicits a reaction from Conan, Andy or the special guest. Jonah Hill said “bless you” to a woman that sneezed during his interview.
- Make a gift for Conan. 30% chance of getting air time, 90% chance of Conan greeting you after the show.
Since we happened to be stuck in traffic near UCLA campus, we decided to wait it out over ice cream cookie sandwiches at Diddy Riese. I may knock some boots with people, but I would pick these guys over CREAM any day. Simple, straightforward ice cream flavors that go perfectly with any of their soft, indulgent cookies.
Sprinkles Cupcake ATM
YOU CAN GET A CUPCAKE ANYTIME YOU WANT. ENOUGH SAID.
My first impression: Jersey Shore with a better beach. (The I Love You, Man fish taco restaurant didn’t open until 5 pm.) It makes no apologies for being gritty. We must have walked half a mile through dozens of individual art vendors, cheesy tourist shops and the famous outdoor Muscle Beach Gold’s Gym.
"You guys should go check out LACMA. Everybody takes couple pictures there."
PS. If you watch Monday’s episode, you’ll see his bright turquoise shirt in the audience right before Conan does his opening monologue.