Conan Wings It After Star Guest Cancels at Showtime

The talk show host chides Kumail Nanjiani over the no-show
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2019 1:40 PM CDT
Conan Wings It After Star Guest Cancels at Showtime
Talk show host Conan O'Brien attends the WarnerMedia Upfront at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Conan O'Brien was forced to improvise Friday when one of his guests canceled at the last minute, People reports. O'Brien said in his monologue that he was told a half-hour before showtime that Kumail Nanjiani, star of Stuber, was held up at another show. "I was having my pre-show nap," said O’Brien. "Andy [Richter] was having his bath in heavy cream, and they came in and they said, 'Kumail can’t get here.'" Which forced the versatile comedian and his staff to concoct a spur-of-the-moment show that included interviewing O'Brien's assistant, Sona Movsesian, per Deadline. Asked if she liked her job, she told O'Brien that "it’s been over 10 years so obviously I like it, but at times I want to poison your food."

O'Brien also revealed this wasn't his first no-show: "Maybe 15, 20 minutes before the show started, we got a call from our guest, and it was Liza Minnelli, and she said she couldn’t make it," he said. "Liza Minnelli canceled, and she's know, you know, she's a great artist, but she's known for sometimes flaking out," and Richter piped in by calling her a "troublesome diva." O'Brien also chose to show a clip from Stuber competitor The Lion King rather than Nanjiani's new movie. "You gotta show up to get the cookie," said Richter. Nanjiani's reaction? "So this clip is something I would love if it was about anybody other than me," he tweeted with a video clip of the show. "But it’s about me, so I'm truly mortified." (More late night talk show stories.)

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