Conan, Booker Kiss and Make Up on "Tonight Show"
Newark Mayor Cory Booker and NBC late night host Conan O'Brien took one last whack at that horse they've been beating on Conan's "Tonight Show" Friday.
"Many jokes are made about Newark by comedians constantly," Conan noted. "I happened to make one; you honed in on me like a cruise missile. Why me, Mayor Booker?"
He's referring, of course to the on-air joke Conan made last month about Newark's new health care program; it involves giving local residents a bus ticket out of Newark. Booker responded to the joke on YouTube, Conan rebutted on the show, Booker took to YouTube again, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "intervened" in a taped bit on Conan's show, and on and on and on.
"When there's a herd going after you, you have to sort of look at the weakest gazelle and...you go at that one," Booker explained.
When Booker wasn't quoting Martin Luther King or trying to wow the crowd with his ability to use "TiVo," "YouTube," and "Hulu" in one sentence, Conan managed to get in a good line or two.
Booker admitted he didn't really have the authority to put Conan on the "No Fly List" at Newark Airport, but said that when he took to YouTube and said he'd done so, one in ten people believed it was true, so the Transportation Safety Administration had to "put out a blog to clarify the truth of the matter."
Booker noted Conan had banned him from the entire state of California.
"I can say anything. I just say stuff - we weak gazelles, we just talk," Conan snarked.
Booker conceded "humor is good. It really dusts off the accumulated stress of life" and "it helps us laugh at ourselves."
"Not the way I do it," Conan shot back. But, he added, he wants to be able to make the occasional Newark joke, so he brought out a Newark Joke Jar and promised to put 500 bucks into it every time he makes a joke about that city.
"You can rest assured that the money is safe -- because the jar isn't in Newark," Conan cracked.
Then he put some bills into the jar.
Lisa de Moraes
October 17, 2009; 1:30 AM ET
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