Rainn Wilson, star of the new series on Fox, Backstrom, dropped by Conan Tuesday night and in addition to talking about his new show he also addressed the growing and annoying phenomenon of glamorizing gluttony by “hipster foodies.”
“This whole foodie obsession that’s going on America’s big cities it just drives me crazy, it makes me sick,” Wilson rants. “They wait like months in advance for reservations at the right little diner. ‘Oh, you’ve got to go to Ming Mong’s restaurant because the chef is half Ethiopian, half Finnish and he makes meatballs out of goat, and he makes a gnocchi with Meyer lemon and squid shit.'”
“Have we not learned a lesson from history, Conan?” he asks. “What was the last great civilization that gorged and vomited over and over again? Andy? THE ROMANS!”
Of course Andy Richter’s answer to Rainn Wilson’s question was, “Oh, I was going to say people from the Midwest.” God love him.