Conan Stars In North Korea’s First Late Night Talk Show

Conan Stars In North Korea’s First Late Night Talk Show

Current tensions between South Korea and North Korea are higher than they’ve been in years. These hostilities continued for a simple reason, the Korean War never ended. When combat stopped in 1953, no peace treaty was ever signed. Just a ceasefire, which continues to this day, leaving the two countries separated by the D-M-Z, or Demilitarized Zone, filled with high voltage fence and over one million land mines. And along this no man’s land, there is just one point where these enemies can stand face to face, the JSA or Joint Security Area. Here the border between North and South Korea runs along a concrete curb and bisects blue conference rooms where the two sides have occasionally met for diplomatic talks. The JSA has more often been the sight of hundreds of acts of violence and provocations. Given this situation I could think of no two better people to visit the JSA than Conan O’Brien and Steven Yeun. (laughter) Well, we are in the DMZ. This is surreal. That is North Korea right there, those are North Koreans staring back at us. He’s probably freaking out because he recognizes both of us. He’s a huge Walking Dead and Team Coco fan. That’s Bob, we named him Bob, they do 12 hour shifts. Does the guy change, but the name stays the same? We don’t know their names, we just call them Bob. That guy is shoveling, shoveling. [Steven} Shoveling Lies. Can I say you’re the best dressed soldier I have even seen in my life. Like a Janet Jackson backup dancer, incredible. (laughter) He looks amazing. Let me explain what’s happening here. We’re now in a room and we’ve been told that when we cross past this table we will be in North Korea. Why does this historically significant building that links these two separated countries, look so much like the business center of a Ramada Inn? (laughter) Sir, you do realize you’re wearing sunglasses indoors in a snowstorm. Other people are doing it as well. Okay, I guess if I jumped off a bridge you would as well. (laughter) Sorry, this is probably not the time or the place for my quips. You are in North Korea. I am in North Korea. I am still in South Korea. Oh, congratulations. (Laughter) North Korea and is this gentleman with us? Yes. Do not touch him, or cross behind him because if you touch him I can’t help you after that. What are you talking about? So I will not touch this man And do not go behind. This is crazy. We have just been told not to touch this man or go behind him, which is usually my rule with any man. (laughter) All right, we’re here, we’re in North Korea. (cheering) I’m here at my desk with Steven Yeun from Walking Dead. So how’s your life going? It’s going, going pretty good, I’m getting married. You’re getting married. Yes. That’s fantastic. Thank you. (cheering) Did you hear that, he’s getting married? So are you excited about the new season of Walking Dead? Yeah, it’s, we’ve worked really hard on it. I’m told you have a clip. Yes. (screaming) Does North Korea know that we are here right now? Yes There is a video so they can watch what is happening here So North Korean officials are watching us right now? I guess you are not famous in North Korea. (laughter) What the hell are you talking about? He’s famous. I’m huge in North Korea. I played there last year. (laughing) Two minutes, okay. We’ve been obviously kidding around a little bit. But this is a serious thing. The idea that you and I could be in North Korea talking and communicating freely seems like kind of a cool message. Honestly, I never would have ever, thought I could do this. This is the dream, the dream is to unify. The dream is to bring families and people together, and that’s the hope. It’s so surreal that this separation is completely man-made and ridiculous. So let’s hope that changes. Hey this is Conan O’Brien. I’m reporting from North Korea with the weather. It is cloudy, overcast, light snow showers, about 28 degrees. Here now with the weather from South Korea, Steven Yeun. Steven. Hey thank you Conan. (laughter) I’m here in South Korea with the weather report. It’s the same. (laughter) We’re going to throw up a commercial now. This whole segment has been sponsored by Indoor Sunglasses. (laughter) Worn by everyone in the DMZ. (cheering)

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  1. Having just watched the recent Jim Jeffries video, this doesn't feel as tense as it would have if I saw it years ago. Most probably shot on the same movie set.

  2. How is this the number 1 *beep*in' thing on YOUTUBE that's "trending". Ridiculous…. Wait… I spoke to soon, we must protect these borders! The fact is, they are actually trying to keep the mass population of "small penis owners and/or own-ee's" within the walls of north Korea. I did further research, and found that it's rare but north Korean men that are born with a phallus over 2 1/2 inches are set for execution! This is serious people!

  3. All of you are idiots, there is a DMZ reenactment called Namyangu studios. They were not actually in North Korea. LOL…

  4. To be honest there is probably 4 AC-130s and nuclear submarines surrounding the place, so I doubt anything would happen to him.

  5. Suddenly i wanna find the guy who served at that time. He had to be discharged and reserved army now in Korea like me.

  6. I thought that literally no one was allowed in nortj korea! ESPECIALLY A SOUTH KOREAN!! Omg that blows my mind

  7. Fan Correction: Conan should be spelled 코는 instead of 코난 in Korean. 코난 sounds more like "awn" as in "yawn"; whereas 코는 sounds more like "nin" as in "nintendo". Co-nin instead of Co-nawn.

  8. Fun fact : why do the soldiers wear sunglasses all the time? North Korean soldiers provoke and tend to start fights to South Korean soldiers while on duty. South Korean soldiers are madatorily forbidden to react at any situation unless physical contact. The most frequent insults the North Korean soldiers throw were usually the 'what the hell are you staring at' line so, the Korean military decided to include sunglasses into their official outfit.

  9. It's been three years and I have yet to find a comment from someone in North Korea. I shall continue waiting. #unity

  10. Its silly that they are pretending to be inspired by how amazing it is that they are able to have an "open" conversation in a part of a building that extends slightly over North Korea's border for a limited few mins while being closely monitored on closed circuit TV and with a guard less than a meter away attempting his best effort to look threatening.

  11. “Oh, you’re from Korea?”
    “What do you do? What’s your job?”
    “I stand at the site of an ancient battle and try my best to put my countrymen ill at ease.”
    …….”Yeah I work at Wal-Mart….”

  12. He's playing with sleeping bears in their nest, I'm amused none spilled his information like those The Interview

  13. It’s sad cuz the guard for North Korea, had no idea who Conan even was since they don’t have access to the internet

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