Conan O’Brien Joining Michelle Obama on Trip to Qatar

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Late-night funnyman Conan O’Brien and First Lady Michelle Obama are teaming up to visit U.S. military personnel at the Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, Qatar. The trip will be filmed for an upcoming episode of O’Brien’s TBS show.

O’Brien will perform for troops stationed at the Air Base while Obama is set to highlight the work of the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, according to Deadline. Joining Forces provides employment resources and education programs for United States service members, veterans and their families.

“It’s an honor to accompany the First Lady on a trip to Qatar to entertain our troops,” O’Brien said in a statement. “I know they will be thrilled to see Mrs. Obama and delighted to hear my vocal rendition of Kanye’s entire Yeezus album.”

The trip marks the second time O’Brien has performed for U.S. troops: the late-night comic traveled to Bahrain and Kuwait on a USO tour in May, 2003.

The Qatar outing also marks the latest road trip for O’Brien, who visited Havana, Cuba in February for a special episode of his show. The Cuba trip marked the first time a late-night host had filmed in the country since the embargo began in 1962.

The trip paid off; Conan in Cuba reportedly drew 3.7 million viewers across multiple platforms, making it one of the highest-rated shows O’Brien had produced since his TBS show kicked off in 2010.

O’Brien recently returned from Armenia, where he shot an episode of his show that will air on TBS on November 17.


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