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Tripping Along The Ledge


No, nay, never… freckle-boy

Andy and Conan
In the late 1990s Amy Poehler was a sketch regular on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, playing sidekick Andy Richter’s little sister Stacy. The genius of this bit was that it basically recycled the same routine over and over again, but somehow never stopped being funny. Stacy is introduced as Andy’s little sister visiting from out of town, Andy casually mentions that his sister has a crush on Conan. The host then usually says something complimentary about Stacy, which she misconstrues as evidence of his having feelings for her too. The scene invariably concludes with an angry Stacy, scorned and vengeful, denouncing Conan in the most strident terms and (more often than not) physically assaulting him, her older brother, or both. It mightn’t sound funny, but it is.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s Stacy: (1) a raging storm of unrequited love, (2) Thanksgiving spirit morphs into a vengeful poltergeist, (3) consumed by the fire of a hell he created on St. Patrick’s Day, (4) being torn and devoured by the sharks of rejection on Conan’s birthday and, finally, (5) love as pure as the driven snow belches up a fierce demonic freak.

February 28th, 2010.

25 Responses to “No, nay, never… freckle-boy”

  1. Kim Says:

    My favourite bit is when she flexes. hilarios.

  2. Eoin Says:

    My favourite bits are when she insults Andy. “You shut your piehole, big brother!”

  3. Kate Says:

    i was just watching this and… AND i have the hiccups?! ha


  4. Ger Says:

    They’re all funny but Thanksgiving is definitely the funniest. Her pilgrims outfit is just hilarious.

  5. Eoin Says:

    @ Kate – saw that before, probably my favourite ever Between Two Ferns. Well, either that one or the Charlize Theron one when he thinks she fancies him…

  6. Paul Says:

    Can’t watch them now as I’m at work but later, I will laugh.

    Amy Poehler’s new sitcom Parks and Recreation is pure genius – unfortunately, it doesn’t become pure genius until the start of Series 2, so a lot of people might have been put off by the sub-American Office Series 1. Don’t be. Stick with it. She’s great.

  7. Eoin Says:

    If you haven’t seen it Paul, this is Asiz Ansari from Parks and Recreation (and Funny People) doing a really really deadly standup bit about meeting Kanye West:


  8. Denise Says:

    I will pummel you like hailstones on a Honda… Classic. And Max at his sleazy best, love it!

  9. David Says:

    Eoin don’t know if you’ve heard but the latest Conan-related news is that he’s planning a live tour of the US and maybe the world. That would be good craic to say the least.

  10. Eoin Says:

    Seriously? Reckon he’ll come to Ireland? I’m typing up the interview request as we speak…

  11. Eoin Says:

    That’s just his usual self-deprecation. I presume this is the article David’s referring to…


  12. Pauline Walnuts Says:

    @ Ger, no the last one is DEFINITELY funnier. Amy Poehler is brilliant. Love love love the part where she charges Andys seat

  13. Dan Says:

    Oh Danny Boy the pipes are going to kill you..Love it!

  14. David Says:

    Hard to know if he’d come to Ireland, I reckon if he does take it outside US then Finland is a guaranteed location. Damn Finns.
    Eoin if you do interview him your only task is to do better than Gerry Ryan, ie don’t leave him looking bemused/mildly irritated.

  15. Eoin Says:

    Well Finland is first stop guaranteed. But reckon he’d go to London too, and sure if he goes to London he has to go to Dublin too. With some decent publicity, I’m sure he could get 10,000 people into the O2… or is that wildly optimistic?

  16. Colin Says:

    Best way to get this done is to start a rumour that he is doing a gig in Ireland and has indeed looked into booking the O2 for a soon to be confirmed date in August. Put the idea in his head.

    I heard he’s also doing a more intimate secret gig in the International Bar the night before. To test the relevance and level of recognition for some of the American references to Irish audiences.

    Booking tickets now.

  17. Eoin Says:

    I tried the same trick when I was trying to get Scarlett Johansson to go out with me. I told everyone that Scarlett Johansson was my girlfriend. Surprisingly, it didn’t work.

  18. David Says:

    With decent promotion, good weather etc he could definitely fill Dublin’s O2. It really is too hard to tell though as there’s no precedent for anything like this.
    Eoin if you could use/abuse your position as an Irish Times writer to generate some buzz about this, that would be a start.

  19. Fat Tony Says:

    Isn’t the o2 indoors?

  20. Eoin Says:

    @ David – look out for tomorrow’s editorial “O’Brien Visit Essential First Step on Road to National Recovery.”

  21. Eoin Says:

    P.S. NBC put up a page on the tonight show website for viewers to post things they want Jay Leno to see. As of 3pm today (it may soon change) this is what it looks like:


  22. Colin Says:

    @Eoin: Unsurprisingly this entire post has been deleted. Still some abuse for Leno in other posts under The Tonight Show though. They seem to do one clean-up each day.

    Leno’s return has expectedly brought in the viewers, 6.6 million. Be a couple of weeks before it normalises.

    Then he crashes, and then he burns.. or not.

  23. Eoin Says:

    Maybe. Or maybe people just prefer crap.

  24. David Says:

    Good to see such a healthy anti-Leno sentiment. Most of Leno’s supporters are probably unfamiliar with the internet.

  25. Eoin Says:

    Post was just lots of pro Conan images and one giant finger saying up yours Jay!

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