Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried out some humor of his own in welcoming American comedian and talkshow host Conan O’Brien to Israel.
In a video posted to social media on Sunday, the prime minister lampoons the funnyman, feigning ignorance about O’Brien and joking to an off-screen assistant to get back to him when O’Brien’s fellow late-night host Stephen Colbert is in town.
But after he is told that O’Brien has a 25-million strong Twitter following, Netanyahu offers an exaggerated welcome to “my friend Conan!”
Slipping in a final wisecrack, Netanyahu asks if O’Brien is the “pale one who melts in the sun.”
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) August 27, 2017
O’Brien arrived in Israel late last week to film an episode for his “Conan Without Borders” series.
For the show, being shot at locations across Israel, O’Brien is spending five days in the country.
Over the last several days O’Brien has posted several videos to social media of him practicing Hebrew, visiting key sites, and trying shakshuka as well as the “great” Israeli beer Goldstar.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) August 25, 2017
On Monday, O’Brien visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem before joining Netanyahu and his wife for dinner at the prime minister’s residence, where he appeared delighted that Israel’s first dog liked vegetables.
“If you gave an American dog a cucumber, it would punch you,” he joked.
Netanyahu again teased O’Brien’s fair complexion, saying their 10-year-old white mutt was paler than he is.
It is O’Brien’s first trip to Israel, although the comedian has often poked fun at the Jewish state, including joking that then candidate Donald Trump canceled a trip to the country in 2015 since “they already have a wall and a fear of Muslims.”
O’Brien has previously filmed a number of his “Conan Without Borders” specials outside the US, including, most recently, in Mexico, in March.