Since today is November 8, I figured I would share a very fun story with you. Last week, I was able to see Conan’s last dress rehearsal before he begins taping his show for real. I honestly am not quite sure how I was able to get tickets. When tickets became available for the new show, I immediately put in my request. I never expected to hear anything from them. A few weeks later, I was looking through my spam folder and there was a letter from Team Conan.

Email Subject: We Heard You’re A Hard Core Conan Fan!

Body: We heard you’re Team Coco all the way and want to invite you to a super secret test show. Test shows are the same as regular shows, except they do not air on TV. We’ll have celebrity guests, a guest band, and of course an abundance of sweet sweet comedy. Plus…because it won’t air on TV, that means you’ll be one of the VERY FIRST to see Conan’s new show! Attending a test show will not take you out of the running for any requests you’ve already put into the lottery system. We want YOU to help us launch the new show! Want to come?

I was then given three dates to choose. I chose the last date because I was already taking the following day off (anniversary weekend), so it made sense to see the final dress rehearsal.

Let me tell you. If you are worried that this isn’t going to work, that the show isn’t going to be the same, that it’s TBS – put all of your fears aside. He’s back, he’s awesome and he’s still got that sexy beard. The stage looks similar to the one he had for Late Night with a few minor twists. I won’t give away the twists – I’ll just say that they are ridiculously awesome. I did not sign an NDA when I went to the taping, but out of respect for the man – I don’t want to tell you too much. I can tell you that Max Weinberg is not with the band, but Jimmy Vivino and La Bamba are, and the band is now known as ‘The Basic Cable Band’.

Before the show began to “tape” (I use “tape” because they treated it as if it were a real show), the BCB got the audience jumping and jivin’. They came out to the seats and I was lucky enough to give La Bamba a high five. After they played a few tunes, they introduced Mr. Andy Richter. Both my husband, my boss (who I asked to join us) and I stood up for him and cheered loudly. He smiled and motioned for us to sit down. Our excitement was tangible.

Then the show began. What I found really awesome about the show was since it was a dress rehearsal, it was a more relaxed atmosphere. Conan accidentally let a curse word slip, and everyone hollered in the audience. He then had everyone in the audience repeat that word really loud. It’s that kind of show, folks. He was giving his opening monologue and he told a joke that didn’t quite work well. But instead of getting upset, he just went “Well, it’s a test show!” and made fun of himself for the joke being terrible. It was really nice to see him in such high spirits.

There were two special guests and a musical act. Again, I’m not sure what I can tell you and what I can’t tell you. I will say that the bits that Conan did in between talking with the guests – hilarious. If anything, he’s almost funnier than he was for The Tonight Show. Now, I’m not saying that in a bad way. I’m saying this because he’s finally allowed to go back to what he’s good at. The Late Night audience is more his demographic, as opposed to the Tonight Show’s median age of 60 (sorry, Team Coco here). For him to be on TBS now is a blessing. He’s going to be doing the stuff he did back in the 90s and ‘00s, before heading to The Tonight Show. It’s going to be great!!

Please don’t forget to watch the show tonight on TBS at 11pm (EST/PST). And if you can’t watch it live, DVR it. Or, if you don’t have a DVR – the episodes will be available the next day on Conan is back and he’s better than ever!!!