Talk show host dominates annual comics and entertainment event, reports contributor Suzette Valle from San Diego
O’Brien and TBS plotted Con domination with a coordinated blast of events to conquer all fans. The most powerful strike is the five-night broadcast of the cable television show from the historical Spreckles Theater in downtown San Diego.
To mesmerize Con masses, Team Coco had trolleys crisscross the city wrapped in bright orange and featuring POP2 vinyl figures of O’Brien in several costumes with different facial expressions.
Bus stops were also covered in TBS Conan O'Brien POP Vinyl ads. Team Coco posted a photo on Instagram of an unsuspecting bus-rider sitting next to the unassuming redhead at a bus stop. The caption reads, “Even the king of #ComicCon must take the bus.”
Tickets for the show were available via 1iota.com, and were offered to badge-holding attendees via lottery. I tried and failed to score tickets to the “Conan O'Brien Show” taping in my hometown.
Disappointed? Only for a moment because another ticket targeted my Inbox.
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“You’re invited to Conan Bingo!”
“For four nights, 100 lucky fans will be treated to an experience unlike anything Comic-Con has seen before — Conan Bingo.”
WTH is Conan Bingo? I had to find out.
A small neon sign, outlining the iconic orange hair do mounted high above a street corner, was the only clue you were at the right place — the line wrapping around the block was a dead giveaway, too!
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When the orange doors swung open, complimentary wine, beer and mixed cocktails were handed out. Trays loaded with mac n’ cheese lobster rolls, chipotle meatballs, and traditional bruschetta made rounds.
Inside, the place was decked out for a formal sit-down dinner: black floor-length tablecloths, silverware, and dinnerware. Sliders, individual servings of tomato soup with a mini grilled cheese and empanadas were set on an orange lazy susan in the middle of the tables. Donuts and carrot cake followed.
Then the lights were dimmed and the club-style music lowered. We waited with anticipation for the man of the hour to come out since Conan showed up the night before and called out the first ball.