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The Best Moments from Conan O'Brien's Historic Cuba Episode

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | March 05, 2015

The Best Moments from Conan O'Brien's Historic Cuba Episode

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He came. He Saw. He mastered Spanish and dancing rumba.

As you were no doubt aware, Conan O’Brien made a bit of history by becoming the first late-night host to film in Cuba since Jack Paar in 1959.

There is no bigger sign as to the invigorated relations between the US and Cuba than the infusion of pop culture between the two proud nations. 

To that end, O’Brien premiered his Cuba episode on Wednesday, showing off a vivacious nation that is lush with humor and amazing culture. And, obviously, Cuba got to see one of our greatest comedians play class clown all over Havana.

What follows are our favorite moments from an historic and truly hilarious episode:

The Open:

The moment called for gravity and a sense of sober duty, or it called for a lighthearted opening with Cuban Andy.

We are so glad O’Brien opted for the latter.


An ongoing trope in the episode is just how little recognition this giant man child gets in Cuba. This is especially true as he spouts silly nonsense to cigar rollers, which leads to him attempting to make a cigar of his own:

Dance Lessons:

Conan has moves. He also has a propensity to look down when there is a gorgeous dancer before him.

Just Give Him the Rum:

Poor Gretel just wants to give a tour of the rum museum, but she has to manage someone who revels in every last opportunity to make a joke.

We feel bad for Gretel but can’t help but continue laughing:

The entire romp through Cuba was chockablock filled with laughs. These are just our favorite moments from a truly special episode of the show.

And in a strange turn, the entire show served as a brilliant travel presentation that would-be Cuban visitors might appreciate. Come for the laughs but stay for the undying appreciation of the nation—at least that’s the sentiment we gleaned from Wednesday’s masterful presentation.

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