“We got robbed, Andy,” talk show host Conan O’Brien told his long-time sidekick Andy Richter in a conversation during Monday’s episode of Conan. “Robbed!”
Amid the pandemic, the show has been taping from the storied–and otherwise-shuttered–music and comedy club Largo at the Coronet.The location has personal significance to O’Brien, who began his comedy career doing improv at the venue, then known as the Coronet. On Sunday night, it appears someone broke in, targeting the Conan production.
“We came to this theater because, we thought, theaters are in trouble. Let’s revive a theater, let’s keep it going. It seemed like a nice thing to do,” O’Brien explained to viewers. “What happens? We get here this morning, and we find out that someone broke in to our little theater and took some of our equipment.”
Because the show cannot have a live audience in the seats, the theater is instead filled with hundreds of lifeless, cardboard stand-ins. O’Brien joked that the robber had to pull off the theft right in front of their faux-faces.
“Whoever broke in here had to stare what I think is about 350 cardboard cut-outs of exuberant fans in the eyes and say, ‘Hey, don’t mind me, I’m gonna steal some shit.'”
The burglars made off with a small number of laptops, which are used on the set to conduct guest interviews via Zoom, as well as one more unusual memento, a single wooden clapperboard from the show.
“What happened to us?,” O’Brien asked Richter. “We’ve become this garage band that drives around. We’ve got our van and we parked it in an alley, and someone broke in and took our amps. What is that? This doesn’t happen to the other talk show hosts.”