Last night Conan O’Brien delivered a masterful 27-minute speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington D.C. With great joy (and a gavel), the late-night veteran’s barbs ranged in tone from light-hearted tributes to sharp commentary. It marked the second time O’Brien spoke at the event, the first of which went down in 1995.
“It’s a big high school cafeteria,” he said of the event, which brings together the nation’s media outlets with Washington’s highest-ranking politicians. “Fox News are the jocks, MSNBC are the nerds, bloggers are the Goths, NPR is the table for kids with peanut allergies, Al Jazeera is the weird foreign exchange student that nobody talks to, and print media – I didn’t forget you – you’re the poor kid who died sophomore year in a car crash. Cheer up, we dedicate the yearbook to you.”
Some of his other targets included the Hilton hotel (in which the event took place), the NRA and its most vocal executive member Wayne LaPierre, Vice President Joe Biden, The Huffington Post, CNN and specifically anchor John King, Congress (naturally), the cast of Duck Dynasty (who were in attendance for some reason), Marco Rubio (“the Republican’s ‘black guy’”), former vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, Kim Jong-Un, the state of Florida and many more. Towards the end of the roast, O’Brien — a Boston native — took some time to earnestly thank President Barack Obama for visiting the site of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Watch the entire thing below and tell us how you think Coco did.