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Comedy for Conan

Conan O’Brien’s Israel special set to air September 19

Weeks after he bowled over native Sabras while filming the Holy Land episode of ‘Conan Without Borders,’ the show goes live

Yaakov Schwartz is The Times of Israel's deputy Jewish World editor.

American television host, comedian and producer Conan O'Brien visits at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on August 28, 2017. to film an episode of his travel series 'Conan Without Borders.'(Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
American television host, comedian and producer Conan O'Brien visits at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on August 28, 2017. to film an episode of his travel series 'Conan Without Borders.'(Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Even the most cosmopolitan Tel Avivi can’t help but be charmed by Conan O’Brien, one of America’s most popular late-night hosts.

If you doubt it (and really, who can blame you?), simply look for proof to the comedian’s spontaneous romps around Rothschild Boulevard and the Jaffa port, among other notable landmarks,  when he visited Israel in late August.

Heck, one starstruck Sabra even gave him the shirt off his back.

And what’s not to love? Though he describes himself as pale compared to his swarthier Levantine counterparts (“Does white float?” he asks buoyantly while drifting along the Dead Sea), O’Brien possesses a keen, self-deprecating sense of humor any Jewish comedy fan can be proud of.

The visit was part of the latest installment of “Conan Without Borders,” a series of shows which O’Brien films in various exotic (and not-so-exotic) locations throughout the world. Previous trips include Berlin, Mexico, and Armenia.

If, like us, you’ve been re-watching every so often the very funny YouTube clips released by Team CoCo during the course of Conan’s visit, you may have had your fill of Conan attempting to learn Hebrew in an airplane bathroom (many thanks to the stereotypically impatient anonymous passenger pounding on the door), or crisping uncomfortably on the scorching beaches.

Fortunately, Team CoCo has chosen to usher in the New Year with the September 19 release of “Conan Without Borders: Israel.” (The religiously observant will particularly appreciate the airing of the show one day prior to Rosh Hashanah rather than on the holiday itself.)

The show airs on TBS at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and will certainly be rehashed with guilty pleasure a day later at less-than-solemn holiday tables around the globe.

Ahead of the show’s release, here are a few of our favorite sneak peak moments.

Conan with Wonder Woman

Conan addresses the issues

Conan comes home

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