Comedian Conan O'Brien.
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US late night TV host Conan O’Brien touched down in Israel on Friday, where he will be taping a travel special for his show.
The comedian will visit Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other locales around the country to film for his primetime special Conan Without Borders: Israel, which is scheduled to air September 19.
On Saturday afternoon, O’Brien posted a photo on Twitter of himself overlooking the beach in Tel Aviv with the words “Shalom Israel.” Later in the day, he went on Facebook Live to say that Tel Aviv is beautiful and he’s “really having a great time.”
“I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the ancient sites,” he said, mentioning plans to visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem. “But like most of these travel shows, the best part is the people, having all these funny exchanges.”
Even before he arrived, the comedian was getting into the Israeli spirit.
O’Brien posted a video he filmed of himself in the bathroom aboard his El Al flight in which he pretended to learn Hebrew from the signs and toiletries in the tiny stall.
When O’Brien announced the trip two weeks ago, he said he hoped to use his time in Israel to help Jared Kushner broker peace in the Middle East.
“I may be in Israel the same week as President [Donald] Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who’s been sent there to broker a Middle East solution,” O’Brien said on his show earlier this month. “Well, it occurred to me [that] Kushner and I have the same amount of experience with foreign relations. I may actually have more experience, so maybe I’ll work with the guy.”
Unfortunately for O’Brien, Kushner – after meeting with both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PA President Mahmoud Abbas – departed for the US shortly before the comedian arrived.
According to Ynet, O’Brien’s visit – which will last about five days – was planned along with the Keshet Media Group and the Foreign Ministry.
Welcome to Israel, Conan. We're sure that you'll be speaking like a native Israeli very soon.