For decades, Conan O’Brien has been a steady presence on late-night television. The tall ginger comedian has weathered power struggles, network changes, and more, and next week, he finally signs off of his TBS show before moving onto a new project for HBO Max. Before he goes, though, some old friends are stopping by, culminating in Jack Black as the final guest on Conan’s final show.
Last night, Paul Rudd showed up, albeit uninvited. The Ant-Man star crashed Conan’s interview with Bill Hader to revive a legendary bit he’s been doing for decades himself. For years, when Rudd appears on Conan’s show, he is invariably promoting something, and yet when it comes time to show a clip from his latest project, whether it’s an Avengers movie or his upcoming Apple TV+ show with Will Ferrell, Rudd instead shows a different clip.
It’s an absurd sequence from the terrible 80s movie Mac & Me in which a little boy in a wheelchair rockets down the slide of a cliff. It’s absurd even with no context, and even more so when Rudd shows it after pretending to show something else. Last night, the ageless star said he was going to share footage of an SNL sketch that Hader wrote but that Rudd refused to participate in, but when it came time to roll the footage, well, see for yourself:
The commitment to the bit is so insane that even Conan had to give Rudd credit.
“Every time, for years, I was convinced that I would see the real clip,” says Conan, “because you are a genuinely a nice person. And you would say, ‘this movie is really important to me’ and ‘I put my own money into this, and I really care about this,’ and then you’d pull that shit every time.”
Last night, Rudd pulled it one last time. Unless he can somehow find a way to get it on Conan’s new HBO Max show, whatever that ends up being.