With Andy Richter, dressed as Immortan Joe, guiding the rig, and Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band pounding a set of drums on the back as War Boys, O’Brien swung on top of the caravan and kicked out the vicious riffs. The barrage of noise, however, caused Richter to spill his coffee and soon the late night crew found themselves completely lost.
“We should’ve hit La Jolla by now, the thing is, the guitar is so loud, I can’t hear the GPS!” Richter says. O’Brien, dangling from his chains over the hood of the truck, offers a sincere apology — “It’s so much fun, I get carried away” — and before the crew gets back on the road, the host offers his trusty sidekick a little taste of chrome.
The rest of the trip goes smoothly, as O’Brien roasts a few hot dogs with his guitar’s bonus flamethrower neck, and the rig rolls safely into the apocalyptic wasteland known as San Diego.
Conan will alter its four-night schedule and broadcast from Comic-Con over the weekend, through July 12th. The stint marks the first time a late-night show has taped in San Diego, which is the second location-based milestone the TBS talk show has achieved this year. In March, O’Brien took advantage of President Obama’s efforts to normalize relations with Cuba and became the first late-night host in over 50 years to tape in Havana.