October 14th, 2010
10:54 AM ET
If the explosive promo for the "Conan" show is any indication, host Conan O'Brien's new gig is going to be a real blast.
"Instead of doing yet another promo for my new show coming this November on TBS, I'm going to give you guys what you really want: top-notch entertainment," he says in the opener. "I went out and I bought this 1969 Dodge Dart. I'm going to get in it, [and] I'm going to drive right off that cliff into Devil's Drop Canyon, a 900-foot sheer fall."
The car was loaded with 80 pounds of explosives, doused with 40 gallons of gasoline, packed with "illegal fireworks from the state of New Hampshire," and filled with 600 pounds of unpopped popcorn, O'Brien notes before beating up a stunt double attempting to get behind the wheel. (In case you didn't know, O'Brien does his own stunts.)
A chamber orchestra stands nearby and begins to play a dramatic symphony as O'Brien seemingly drives the Dodge down a road and off a cliff. The car lands with a crash and explodes, sending popcorn, flames, and the flame-haired O'Brien flying.
After extinguishing the fire on his arm, a dazed O'Brien stumbles toward the camera. "That," he says breathlessly, "was expensive."
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