Have you ever gone to throw something away and thought to yourself “This would be the perfect place to commemorate a late night host?”. Apparently, someone in Washington did.
Last week, O’Brien was visiting Whidbey Island in Washington to support his wife Liza, who had a new play opening there. Upon his arrival, residents of the Island decided to present Conan O’Brien with his very own trash can, titled The Conan Can, using only the finest paper, tape, and sharpie to do so.
“We would like to dedicate this trash can,” resident Basil Hassoun said in a speech. “That has long served this community to a person that embodies civil service, in as much as the trash can itself.”
“The city of Langley has long been looking for a person to dedicate this icon of civil service to,” Hassoun stated. “And when we heard that Conan O’Brien decided to visit our humble retirement community in celebration of his own retirement,” to which O’Brien responded “I didn’t realize I retired.”
From there, the impromptu roast continued. “A lot of you might ask, ‘Why Conan O’Brien?’” Hassoun said. “Who better to symbolize our sleepy retirement community than the man who spent his career putting our people to sleep.”
O’Brien then accepted the award. “Look at the time and the trouble you guys went to!” O’Brien said. “This is a great honor. I want to thank all of you for this fantastic privilege of having a trash can named after me.”
After the ceremony, O’Brien signed the can with his trademark caricature and autograph, bringing this bizarre saga to a close.