Last night, Conan O’Brien kicked off his final two weeks of shows with Patton Oswalt, and the return of four members of his Basic Cable Band (that were largely with him from 1993 until 2018). But it also marked an even bigger return: the audience.
O’Brien seemed delighted to have an audience again as he took the stage and did the string dance for the first time in over a year. The big difference is, obviously, that the crowd is all fully masked, which O’Brien jokes were muffling some of the biggest applause he ever got. He also remarked that having his audience back was “one of the nicest moments” of his life.
We’re looking forward to seeing what the final two weeks bring. Although sadly, Jack McBrayer won’t be able to attend next Tuesday’s taping.