“Saturday Night Live” fans were likely wondering why Conan O’Brien, who was a writer for the show in the late ’90s, wasn’t a part of the 40th anniversary special that aired Sunday night. O’Brien’s excuse? He was in Cuba.
O’Brien was in the country over the Presidents Day weekend shooting segments for his talkshow, filming bits for an episode scheduled to air next month.
The segments are meant to be “a rare glimpse into the daily life of a country not often seen by American viewers,” said an announcement by TBS.
The episode is likely part of an improved relations push between the U.S. and Cuba. President Obama announced last December a restoration of international relations between the two, opening an embassy in Havana and loosening travel restrictions.
Now that the floodgates have been opened, more entertainment is likely headed to Cuba. Last month, it was announced that the first full musical production in 50 years would be put on in the country: a production of “Rent” with the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts.
Previous “Conan” international destinations include Ireland and Toronto, along with Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas in the U.S.
The Cuba-themed episode of “Conan” is scheduled to air March 4. The news was first reported by Deadline.