It appears that Conan O’Brien was able to pull off one of the greatest celebrity pranks of all time yet never shared the details of his awesome feat, until now. The popular talk show host revealed on his recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show that while attending Harvard University in the 1980s he managed to convince Bill Cosby that he had received a lifetime achievement award from the prestigious Ivy league institution.
What’s more, Cosby then flew to Harvard and showed up in a tuxedo, at which point O’Brien presented him with an old bowling trophy. Making the entire experience even more hysterical is that Cosby arrived at the airport in a private plane already wearing his tuxedo, and O’Brien picked him up in his parents’ dirty station wagon. “He walks out, and I’m like, ‘Mr. Cosby! Hey!'” O’Brien told Stern. “And he’s looking past me for the stretch limo, and there’s no stretch limo. So I opened the door and went, “It’s in here, come on!” O’Brien then said at one point Cosby even held up the wrapper of a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Then, Cosby arrived at the school where he accepted what he believed to be the Lifetime Achievement in Comedy award, presented by the popular Harvard Lampoon, looking thrilled to be there. “He comes out, and that’s when I saw what a master he is,” said O’Brien. “I saw this guy not really do material, he just went out. But in that Bill Cosby way, he’s got the rhythm. I honestly wanted to meet him,” explained O’Brien. “I think it came from a good place.”
Wow, amazing stuff from a young Conan O’Brien showing he was destined for stardom.