Conan’s latest trip outside of the United States owes a little inspiration to Donald Trump’s great wall across the southern border. Using a crew made up entirely of Mexicans, Conan went south to film an episode of his show and hit the streets to show off the best the country has to offer. It’s a comedic way to protest the proposed barrier between our countries and a way to highlight what we’d be cutting off if it came to fruition. That’s not to say that there isn’t an issue with illegal immigration, it’s more to say that there are other ways we could handle it.
Of course, Conan handles it all without preaching or hitting viewers with lofty topics. Instead, he does what he does best with his remotes and self-deprecating humor. It’s honestly nothing but from the very start.
One of the special moments was Conan performing his entire monologue in Spanish. He tested some of the jokes out on folks he met on the street, but the whole thing was just a nice highlight for the episode. And it was made better by Andy Richter being there to make fun of it.
From there, Conan exits the studio a bit for a few fun segments. This includes a starring role in the telenovela Mi Adorable Maldición, a show that isn’t lacking in drama but is sorely lacking in grown men wearing clown makeup. This does continue Conan’s streak of playing skeevy, wannabe sexpots on foreign soap operas, so it’s not a complete loss.
Unlike his other global specials, Conan included a few interviews with his Mexico special. Rogue One star Diego Luna filled the local celebrity portion of the show, but former Mexican president and current Trump nemesis Vicente Fox likely commanded the most attention on the show. Fox brings Conan some very profane cowboy boots and then discusses the relationship between the United States and Mexico. This includes how much the two cultures are already together, something you can see when you walk down the streets or eat out at restaurants.
Fox also mentions how Trump might have some other motivations for wanting to punish Mexico.
And to close the show, Conan introduces the Mexican staff that helped to produce the show and make the entire production possible. It’s odd to see Conan on such an odd stage, but it works. You can currently check out the entire show over at Team Coco or catch it on TBS.