Paul Rudd Expertly Pulls Off His Favorite Prank On Conan O’Brien’s Podcast

Paul Rudd Pulls Off 'Mac & Me' Prank On Conan O'Brien's Podcast


  • Paul Rudd managed to dupe Conan O’Brien with a classic prank on an episode of the comedian’s podcast
  • The actor successfully snuck a clip from the movie Mac and Me into the interview
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Last year, Conan O’Brien wrapped up a legendary late night career that spawned some truly incredible television moments, including the iconic “Old-Time Baseball” remote segment and the ever-reliable “Walker, Texas Ranger Lever.”

The red-haired host interviewed thousands of guests during his time behind the desk, including the man responsible for one of the show’s funniest recurring bits: Paul Rudd.

In 2004, Rudd stopped by the Late Night set ahead of the series finale of Friends and claimed he’d brought a clip from the final episode, which turned out to be a video featuring a boy in a runaway wheelchair plunging into a rock quarry before an alien popped into the frame to react with surprise.

That was not, in fact, a clip from the last episode of Friends but rather one that was taken from the largely forgotten 1988 movie Mac and Me.

That initial prank would soon become a glorious tradition, as Rudd repeatedly pulled off the bait-and-switch in subsequent appearances on Conan’s show before doing it for what was presumably the final time last summer.

Thankfully, Rudd isn’t letting O’Brien off the hook just because he’s moved on, as the actor reached back into his bag of tricks during a recent appearance on the Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast.

During the conversation, Rudd said he was working on a new audio project and offered to give Conan a preview. However, it didn’t take long for his long-time victim to identify what the clip that actually from before the master prankster revealed he’d made up the aforementioned project for the sake of the joke.

This truly never gets old.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.