Crime / JusticeIamA IamA Criminal/Person who is being sentenced at the Old Bailey within the next 14 days and will serve my sentence at Belmarsh AMA! AMA!
Mar 2nd 2017 by PompeyJon82 • 36 Questions • 58 Points
HEY THANKS FOR ALL THE QUESTIONS! I have to wrap up because my hands are starting to feel like two tiny hamster paws, and also I need to edit DIY Astronaut EP 2. Pick your social media poison if you want more shitty robots: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.
See you soon Reddit!!
Fricking excited to do my first AMA. I don’t want to go all cheesy on you but Reddit is where this journey started for me and how I got this -very- weird job. I owe you.
So about two years ago I started building robots and posting them on my YouTube channel and /r/shittyrobots. Today I’m a full-time inventor of useless machines and a host of Adam Savage’s Tested.com. I’m also, more recently, the founder of my own shitty astronaut training program. Because if nobody else will have you, just make your own thing.
Ask me anything!
So why a Category A prison? I thought that was for actual dangerous criminals, not money launderers?
Were there any animals that you considered trying to film and ruled them out because the spy wouldn't have worked?
Along that same line, was there any animal that you filmed and you couldn't really use the footage for the show?
Thanks! Love the show!
How can I be a hotel manager? Do i necessarily need to start from the bottom and work my way up? I ask because I have 10 years work experience (military). Just curious, wouldn't want to start from scratch
Do you ever disguise yourself and just walk around incognito?
If you could have anyone from history on your show, who would it be?
What was the Chicken Connoisseur like off camera?
Will you ever build a robot for Robot Wars? Is Robot Wars still a thing?
This is where I could lay into the system a bit.
Every court has a 'Linked' prison where people go immediately after being sentenced.
Belmarsh happens to be linked with the Old Bailey.
I should be there for about 2 weeks before being transferred to the other end of the scale , a Cat D or Open Prison.
a lot of research goes into deciding and designing the robots so there were not many if any surprises. the team worked with field scientists who helped inform the team about what they could expect from the animals. we used all the footage. Matt, Phil, please also contribute here. FK
I'm just the front desk manager. I started out as a Front Desk Agent but you definitely don't have to do that depending on the location and property. It all just depends on the management there and what their looking for. Sorry if this doesn't help much.
I sometimes wear a hat. For example when I did college tours with my son I wanted the focus to be totally on him. A lot less people recognize me when I have a hat on or else they realize I am trying to be incognito.
Mostly when people do recognize me they are super nice so I don't feel it is a burden to be noticed most of the time.
Number 1: Flo the Progressive Insurance lady, Number 2: Aristotle
Very chill. He's HUGE in London btw! He got mobbed everywhere we went.
I did build a robot that went up against a BattleBot, but all of that got pulled by a sponsor so I never got to show it. I'd be down to do it again though. A shitty fighting robot? All it does is.... spray you with presents and compliments??
If you had to pick a successor to your show, who would you pick and why?
Hi Sean, first off can I just say how much I appreciate the amount of research you put into your questions. It's something that is so often overlooked but the effort you and your team invest really makes each episode for me.
My question: Given that it seems the rap industry and food are becoming more connected by the day, which rapper would you have cook for you and what would they make?
Nope actually, Money Laundering is part of what you call POCA (Proceeds of Crime Act) you hear about this in the news when person A has there car or home taken by the courts and sold on.
In my case I knew the 20k given to me was stolen money and they could prove it. So by having 20k of criminal money I am guilty of Money Laundering.
I would explain that smartness is not single dimensional and not quite as important as I thought it was back then. I would say you might explore the developing world before you get into your forties. I wasn't very good socially back then but I am not sure there is advice that would fix that - maybe I had to be awkward and just grow up....
Great question! At First We Feast, we probably think about this more than anyone in the world. Rumor has it Mia X from No Limit is the most underrated hip hop chef of all time and I'm picturing jambalaya and baked macaroni on the table.
For one, our politicians are not even remotely as orange as they are here. But I think the biggest difference is just the sheer size of things here.
I did you tell the guests that were complaining about the noise that someone died. I would definitely tell them to shut them up.
What do you personally find as your greatest achievement?
What has been your favorite game to play on clueless gamer so far, and why?
What is your favorite place for wings?
Are there any shitty robots you've wanted to make but have said, "No, that's just too dangerous/expensive?"
That is the way I looked at it, but there was a MUCH bigger picture which is why I got caught out.
Hi! Easy this one, Arctic wolves and polar bears also wild dogs and bats and elephants and rats. PD
All we told them is that there was a medical emergency. Most of the guests were reasonable.
Although the Foundation work is super promising and will be the biggest thing over the decades ahead I still think the chance to be part of the software revolution empowering people was the biggest thing I have gotten to do.
Right now I am very focused on making sure we successfully eradicate polio - that will be amazing if we do it - as good as shipping even the best software product.
Witcher 3, because I got to have sex on a unicorn. When that game comes out in VR, you'll never see me again.
Hm, I think the deal breaker usually is that I have to be able to build it on one person. And in my house. I'm balancing on the edge of a knife here with my landlord...
Hey Conan, I'm allergic to penicillin, clindamycin, and sulfa-based antibiotics. What type of medicine would you recommend for my next infection?
You probably get this a lot, but is there any chance of fan favorites Bill Burr or Gordon Ramsey being on the show?
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO WORK WITH ADAM SAVAGE? Sincerely, Somebody else than Adam 😎
Yeah I was a small cog, I am looking ats erving between 4-8 months they are looking at years, but could take a while to get there.
Once I had the money there was no greed as per say as the money was going on a deposit for a home so was a 1 off thing but once I had it there was no turning back...then I got arrested at 6 in the morning in my underwear...and I wish I never accepted it.
Warren Buffett has always said the measure is whether the people close to you are happy and love you. It is also nice to feel like you made a difference - inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need.
You are very wise to ask me. I'm not a doctor. Next time you're not feeling well just bite into a glow stick and suck it down.
We have a white board with all of our white-whale guests, and those two are at the top of it. We try to will them into existence. Not enough time to give the whole rundown, but these are some of the names that are always top of mind: The Rock. Joe Rogan. Alexa Chung. Guy Fieri. Chrissy Teigen. Kobe. Aziz. Hannibal. Chelsea Handler.
But, it's not the easiest show to book. Not everyone wants to eat violently hot wings on camera. This is the hole we've dug for ourselves but we're always pitching.
"ASKING FOR A FRIEND"
I need to make a monument for my sculpture class. What should I make?
Has the fame gotten you laid?
Have you ever tried to refine any of the robots to use them for actual chores? How did it go?
This is a great question. I felt sure that allowing anyone to publish information and making it easy to find would enhance democracy and the overall quality of political debate. However the partitioning you talk about which started on cable TV and might be even stronger in the digital world is a concern. We all need to think about how to avoid this problem. It would seem strange to have to force people to look at ideas they disagree with so that probably isn't the solution. We don't want to get to where American politics partitions people into isolated groups. I am interested in anyones suggestion on how we avoid this.
Is it too late to drop the class?
As much as I'd like for people to think that I use the ass wiping robot on a daily basis, no. I have very little belief in my own inventions' capabilities. Also, damn that'd skyrocket my toilet paper consumption.
Do you have family who know about this? Do you know how they feel about it?
Obviously the Nature team is great at capturing beautiful shots of wildlife even without spies. Were there any moments you captured with the spy animals/cameras that you could not have with other methods? Were they more helpful for research than production?
Love the series and your robot army!
Is there anyone that you havent had a chance to sit down with yet that you would love to have on the show?
If nothing is off limits...
I think everyone is wondering: how is your butthole?
Do you have a standing appointment with a butthole therapist? Do you have a collection of speciality lotions you keep in rotation?
What's good man? Tell us the truth.
Is there a way to join your space agency? i also really really want to go to space, and can provide my own desk chair for high-g training.
Close Family only.
I am not close to other family.
My partner will cope and my parents I think are upset that there son is going to prison, I have a sibling and they are just being supportive because I only see them twice a year anyway.
Like I mentioned elsewhere I am treating it as a fat camp to humanise it a bit more.
When they see the Cat D prison they should feel a lot better as since September when I plead guilty prisons have been in the news quite a bit, BBC has done some documentaries which show the priosn system in a bad light and even Emmerdale this week has someone in prison.
Luckily I will be avoiding all of those.
I think one of the most frequent and lovely comments I've heard from viewers and friends is that they say, what they liked about the series is that it managed to film & highlight animal behaviour in a completely different and unique way. It captured the imagination of so many people, young and old and even people who don't normally watch nature documentaries. A good example of that was the langurs grieving sequence...when a clip appears on various talk shows, news programmes, BBC Earth, Reddit and The Lad's Bible to name just a few, you know that it is appealing to a wide audience. In addition, we like our films to discover new animal behaviour, new science, have humour and of course bring innovation to them. MG
I actually haven't seen many. Maybe my area/property is the odd one out when it comes to that.
The big milestone is when computers can read and understand information like humans do. There is a lot of work going on in this field - Google, Microsoft, Facebook, academia,... Right now computers don't know how to represent knowledge so they can't read a text book and pass a test.
Another whole area is vaccines. We need a vaccine for HIV, Malaria and TB and I hope we have them in the next 10-15 years.
My children. Their agents won't call me back.
Some rando dude once asked me this question in the middle of a Whole Foods so might as well get out in front of it now. At this point, my biology has more or less adjusted but there were some long, lonely nights in the beginning. There's a reason I told Eric Andre I wouldn't eat a Carolina Reaper again for less than five figures. That said, it's impossible to say no to Chili Klaus.
The curriculum is all online and you can follow the lesson plan on my YouTube channel. You're not going to like next week's class though. Damn it was rough.
Whats the most memorable moment you've ever had on your show?
I only have one question. What the fuck are you doing with your life?
Also, the TJ Miller made me actually vomit at work from laughing so hard.
Are you worried that one day you'll make a robot so shitty that even you, the Queen of Shitty Robots, won't be able to control it? What does shitty robot skynet look like?
I would of had to do....but they just froze my bank account and took it
TacoGate is out of control. I've been eating tacos like that my whole life. It just makes sense to me. It doesn't get messy. You don't spill shit all over the place. I'm not going to apologize for attacking that thing from the top rope.
And, thank you! the T.J. Miller episode was a game changer for us.
Nah, then I just pull the plug on them. As long as I don't teach them how to charge themselves we should be fine. Or put the chopping machine on wheels.
What is the most disgusting situation or condition a guest has left their hotel room in?
What is the most surprising thing a guest has done while staying at your hotel?
I am sure you have traveled to all types of famous places.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
Did anybody in the telenovelas explained you why your character was a cheese seller?
Is there any possibility you could get Justin Timberlake on your show to interview you?
Have you ever built a robot which, while intended to be shitty, turned out to be actually pretty good/useful?
Yes and No - This is because the sentencing guidlines that judges have to use is very financially based. I had that money for about 6 weeks, never spent a penny of it but I am lokking at time because it was 20k while Jimmy the junkie robs away and as he only take about £20 he gets let off time and time again. I feel like I should be punished but going to prison will not change me it will just cause pain on my family, I believe I should be punished so community service and a electronic tag will punish me enough.
I am going to lose weight and try and do a course, but maybe won't be able too as I may not be there long enough.
Not really as work have been supportive (Yes they know)and I don't think friends will hate me over this as it was not a violent or drug related crime
Australia is particularly nice. It is summer there when it is winter here so going there in December and January is especially nice. I spent Thanksgiving there last year.
I have gotten to travel to a lot of great places like the Amazon in Brazil which I recommend.
I seriously asked them to explain many times and they never did. I was fervently looking forward to making out with a beautiful Mexican actress and they made me a pompous asexual cheese merchant. I am honestly very angry about this.
That would be the greatest thing that's ever happened to me in my pathetic life.
People were pretty upset when I posted the beer robot and said it worked way too well.
What tips/tricks do you have for photographing wildlife and capturing such stunning shots [without having a spy camera, of course]? Also, I really want to pursue a career working with wildlife in the future. I love animals! Any ideas on how to get involved, volunteering opportunities, etc.? Finally, squirrels are my favourite animals because I think they're so amusing to watch... what do YOU think of squirrels?
Hey Conan, huge fan, who was your favorite character to write for when you worked on the Simpsons?
Hey Sean, big fan of the show!
Have you ever considered doing hot sauce reviews on First We Feast?
Also, what are your top 3 favorite tasting hot sauces for wings?
How did you get into robotics and how can someone like me start learning about robotics? BTW Love your videos.
I will be ok with 18 or 20 months as you automatically do half then half again on electronic tag so I would serve 4 and a half to 5 and a half months.
While this sounds long still, I have had 6 months to prepare.
I am actually looking at it as I am going to fat camp as I need to lose the pounds from xmas still.
Philanthropy is small as a part of the overall economy so it can't do things like fund health care or education for everyone. Government and the private sector are the big players so philanthropy has to be more innovative and fund pilot programs to help the other sectors. A good example is funding new medicines or charter schools where non-obvious approaches might provide the best solution.
One thing that is a challenge for our Foundation is that poor countries often have weak governance - small budgets, and the people in the ministries don't have much training. This makes it harder to get things done.
If we had more money we could do more good things - even though we are the biggest foundation we are still resource limited.
Edit: We discuss this in our annual letter this year: www.gatesletter.com
Mr. Burns. Mr. Burns. Mr. Burns. Mr. Burns. Mr. Burns. (Mr. Burns)
Big fan of anything in the El Yucateco family, love Texas Pete's, Valentina and (I'm not just saying this) I reach for Hot Ones and Homeboy's sauces more than anything. Pickapeppa hot pepper sauce is amazing too.
I got an Arduino Starter Kit (not sponsored, I promise) from my brother for Christmas and just started tinkering. I think what was really important to me was that I never sat down being like "I'm going to learn about transistors", instead I always had an idea of what I wanted to build and everything I learned was to get me closer to making that idea happen.
Learning about robotics and hardware is really fricking hard, and if you have an idea that you really like it will help you get through it. Also, Adafruit and Sparkfun has really awesome tutorials.
Hey Sean, I’m a huge fan of yours! I have two questions for you:
- What do you do to prepare your body for so much spicy food? I love hot stuff but it wreaks havoc on my system.
- How do you prepare to ensure the interview is the best it can be? In my opinion you’re one of the greatest interviewers in the business, and it would be cool to know the process.
Also the hot ones sauce is really expensive to ship to Canada, you guys should definitely open up a shop here. We need some heat to warm our cold winter-conditioned bodies.
When you code your robots, do you prefer any language? Does it depend on something particular?
Very Different, as per my username I am from the south coast now I live in a small town 1 hourish by train north of London.
No way I would of thought I would of ended up here.
I will be 76 at that time. Hopefully a grandfather. The Foundation with its partners will have eradicated a number of diseases and health in poor countries will be a lot better - specifically instead of 5% of children under 5 dying it should be at 2.5% which is still a lot.
I hope I can still type fast enough to do Reddit sessions without someone transcribing for me.
When you watch the segment tonight, you'll realize that even when I'm seriously trying to wrestle, I'm still doing comedy.
I used to just go out there and wing it so to speak but now that we're weekly and have published, like, 60 episodes I take care of myself a lot more. I try to stay away from acidic foods and whatnot. The research is just kind of what it looks like... Chris and I read and watch everything that we can, trust our instincts and try not to overthink things. Much love to Canada!
Hey Conan, what's the most difficult part about prepping for a show?
Hey Sean, love watching your show every Thursday, with Mac Demarco on the show recently, do you plan on having any more indie rock kind of guest on soon?
I could not put myself in there position as everyone is different.
But ask yourself is it worth it if you get caught, think about the worst and how you would be and how the people close to you would be.
Spy Orangutan because even now when I look at it I still feel like it's actually going to come alive it's that realistic. But at the same time Spy Langur Monkey was also a personal favourite as it has so much character. MG
Good question. I think having parents and teachers reinforce your curiosity and explain what they are fascinated with makes a big difference. A lot of people lose their curiosity as they get older which is a shame. One thing that helps nowadays is that if you get confused about something it is easier than ever to find an article or video to make things clear.
For a show like "Made in Mexico", we really wanted to make sure we struck the right balance between being funny, but also being culturally sensitive and attuned to how people were feeling there. We really did want the star to be the Mexican people, and I feel good about the result.
Yeah for sure. We’re always trying to find new genres to dig into to get more fans in the tent and just to keep the show as unpredictable and diverse as possible. Some of the big targets right now are WWE/MMA people, porn stars, and more celebrity chefs.
You have your own hot sauce, and a sandwich named after you, what's next? A "No big deal" Sriracha? "Don't touch your (eye)balls" wet naps?
What's your favorite shitty robot? Are you working on anything currently?
I always planned too, but I must admit I waited to see what they had on me first.
OMG the ketchup robot kills me.
Right now I'm just preparing for a trip next week (going to Norway to give three talks, then to CERN to film some stuff for Tested, then to Stockholm to hang out with my family) and working on DIY Astronaut.
I do know what I want to build next though, but I need to fabricate some aluminum parts for it and need to get my CNC mill running first.
What do you think is the most pressing issue that we could feasibly solve in the next ten years?
What are you going to do once your hair starts turning grey?
Is there a dream shitty robot that you have yet to create?
A lot of people feel a sense of isolation. I still wonder if digital tools can help people find opportunities to get together with others - not Tinder but more like adults who want to mentor kids or hang out with each other. It is great that kids go off and pursue opportunities but when you get communities where the economy is weak and a lot of young people have left then something should be done to help.
I started dyeing it when I was 15. So I'm way ahead of the curve. My true hair color is jet black, and my real name is Blaze Falcon (I'm just babbling now).
LMFAO! Yes. S/o Martin Garrix, Eddie Huang, Coolio and RiFF RAFF. I'm sure there are countless others.
A rocket that launches something (preferably me) to space.
Hi, are you nervous about going to Belmarsh with it bee a Cat A? Are you going to be kept separated until you are moved again? Have you been to prison before?
Are there any animals you did not get to film for this documentary that you would have liked to?
Ok, Mr. Gates, what's a typical Bill sandwich consist of? I'm talking breads, meats, cheeses, condiments. if you could only have one sandwich on earth, what would it be?
Did the locals in Mexico recognize you as Conando from Noches de Pasion Con Señor O'Brien?
I am to an extent. It believe it will be easier then a Cat B for example because in a Cat A all the more serious inmates ie Terrorists, serial killers etc will be housed in isolation which will leave not too many of us left.
I really have no idea how it will pan out there, but if the people convicted for historical sex abuse crimes and people like Andy Coulson and Jeffery Archer can survive, I am sure I will be fine.
This will be my first time and I have gone through all the emotions, but luckily as I am not being convicveted for violence or drugs it should be a easier time then most.
The Godfather I & II - I can watch those films over and over again; Star Wars (Ep 3 - 7 only) - Timeless films that I can now enjoy with my kids too; Friday - Just loved Chris Tucker in this!
I was surprised how many Mexicans were shouting my name through their car windows. I don't know if they knew who I was before, or were just reading coverage of my visit. I was recognized more there than any other country. Except Finland. Finland's weird.
If you could create a new IP and business with Elon Musk, what would you make happen?
What is the hardest you have laughed on the show?
Hey Sean, it's #15 Ranked UFC Middleweight Sam Alvey. We've spoken on twitter, but I have to ask you here - "WHEN CAN I COME ON YOUR SHOW!?!?!" I have a fight scheduled April 22nd in Nashville, but after that (when I'm done cutting weight) I need to come face punch some hot wings with my tongue fist. Hit me up!
- Sam :)
Your one year anniversary of your first shitty robot video kind of struck a chord with me. I've got, what looks like, a great engineering job right now but in reality it's a bit depressing and unfulfilling. I'm at work right now debating whether I should peel my eyelids off for fun or drown myself in the toilet...
What advice would you give to someone your age who is currently where you were 2 years ago and wanting to escape?
AMA is a solid 3/5 so far!
We need clean, reliable cheap energy - which we don't have. It is too bad the sun doesn't shine all the time and the wind doesn't blow all the time. The Economist had a good piece on this this week. So we need some invention - perhaps miracle batteries or super safe nuclear or making sun into gasoline directly.
When people like Norm Macdonald, Will Ferrell, Martin Short, Charlene Yi, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, etc come on, it always makes me laugh.
Definitely need UFC guys. Hit me up we'll see if we can make something happen!
I have such a hard time answering this question. It really depends on what your situation is like. But here's how I went about it.
- Had job that should have been awesome but was bored out of my mind.
- Realized every job I had ever had made me bored out of my mind.
- Decided instead of pushing myself harder, I should try to push in another direction. So instead of trying to make myself fit in a mould I should change the mould.
- I quit my job and moved back to Stockholm from San Francisco to cut back on cost. I moved in with my mom and set myself up with just enough freelance gigs to keep myself afloat (and not piss off mom). The rest of my time I spent on trying to trace back to last time I was enthusiastic about something, and trying to understand what about it made me enthusiastic. I just wanted to find something that I really enjoyed and that at the same time really catered to my strengths.
- I realized I really liked building things, but I hated refining my inventions. I also liked when things went wrong. And I liked making videos. So here we are.
I understand that being able to do this was a huge privilege. For one, being able to not work full-time for a while is huge, and also it was such a fricking fluke that the internet picked up on the stuff I was making. But I think trying to be conscientious about what makes you enthusiastic is super important, because enthusiasm is a much better and effective fuel that duty.
What was the best thing you ate while down in Mexico?
Exactly how much research is done before shows? Its seems like you know every details about the person you're interviewing.
Who do you want to see most on the show?
Who are the biggest heroes you've gotten to meet since your notability skyrocketed?
I would say education is the key problem. If you can solve that then it helps with a lot of things.
Maybe I didn't understand the question - maybe it supposed to be some idiosyncratic thing that bothers me....
Nopales. It's cactus with cheese on it. It instantly cured me of my 25 year impotence.
Chris and I do a ton of research, and honestly it’s one of the most fun parts. I usually spend at least 12 hours (sometimes a lot more) just watching every interview and reading everything I can find. Chris does his own research, then we kind of bring it all together and match the questions with the right wings so there’s a good flow—I also have to think about how I’m going to be dying on Mad Dog and Blair’s! Our main goal with Hot Ones is for the guest to have fun and feel like they can be free and loose, so it’s important to me for them to know that we went the extra mile to understand what they’re all about, and ask about the shit that other people might leave on the cutting room floor. It’s an honor that people even bring up Nardwuar—he’s a legend!
Not so much a specific person, but just in general being surrounded by people who are really interested and enthusiastic about what they do.
Can you still jump over an office chair from a standing position?
Edit: Reference for those who need it.
Who is your favorite red-head, other than yourself?
Hi Simone, I'm your moms neighbor, and I think I really scared you once while racing to get my cats anal glands fixed(Don't ask.).
I have only one question: Will you ever bring Adam to Stockholm?
No. Perhaps a small chair - a stool. I do exercise and ski but my main sport is tennis which doesn't involve jumping. Some people jump over the net but that isn't part of the sport.
From my heart, I honestly think the DJ Khaled Hot Ones episode is the greatest in series history. I think it will live on long after we're all buried under rocks and dust. It's been amazing to see him go from "put the hinges in the fuccbois hands" to doing Ellen and more TV commercials than Peyton Manning. Truly a national treasure and my proudest work at First We Feast.
I have no memory of this. Maybe too traumatic? Hope your cat's butt is ok (I'm going to end every conversation with that from now on)
I'm not sure! Would be interesting to observe him and my mom meeting though.
I have to know.. I saw what you got your secret Santa this year and it was amazing but what did YOU end up receiving?
Edit: Helpful Redditors answered my question below so thank you!! Follow up---- what did you think of it and what would you suggest to get you, if I were lucky enough to pull your name this year?
How do you still trust Paul Rudd after all these years of Mac and Me clips?
How did you learn to speak English with basically no discernible Swedish accent?
Love your show and your overall "no shits given" attitude!
A contribution to Rotary to help end polio is a gift I would appreciate. Also any great book you have read and found interesting.
It's like Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the football. I believe in my heart one day he'll do the right thing.
I've lived in the US for 1.5 years now but I don't think I had that much of an accent before that either. I just like languages and I'm constantly trying to mimic the way people speak. Also I have no shame. It helps when learning something new.
What is the biggest misconception people have, you think, about criminal trials like yours?
What, if any safety concerns with the robots did you have to take into consideration or influenced the show?
Hi Mr. Gates!
Thanks for doing this AMA! You are doing a lot of work eradicating diseases like Polio. In fact you've said that the diseases malaria and polio could be eradicated within the next 15 years, with polio gone as soon as 2019. I'd like to know which other deadly diseases that you think could be either 100% curable affordably or gone completely by 2050?
And one more thing, you have said previously that you think AI can pose a serious threleat to humanity. I'd like to ask, apart from a killswitch, which other precautionary measures we could take to ensure that AI behaves well and doesn't wipe us out?,
Thanks a lot Mr. Gates!
What is your favorite flavor of Ice Cream?
So I've noticed a little interaction between you and Ethan from h3h3 on Twitter... any chance we get him and/or Hila on Hot Ones soon?
Love the show.
Do you miss living on a boat?
What is on TV, it is so wrong.
TV shows spend so much money on getting other story lines right that they cannot get this close ton anything that is correct.
A couple of examples, now all evidence and info. from bothe sides is uploaded a judge just logs in and has a read.
Also while courts are public places there is nobody there, you can hear a pin drop (but saying that the old bailey is a tad different as it is on the 'Tourist Map' so you get a few tourists wandering around)
Lots of effort went into making sure the spy creatures were safe for deployment. Many of the electronics and batteries were housed in toughened boxes. When filming chimpanzees the spy creatures were disinfected with a spray to kill off any pathogens, chimps are sensitive to catching bacteria and viruses from us because we are so closely related. PD
One thing to make sure the people who create the first strong AI have the right values and ideally that it isn't just one group way out in front of others. I am glad to see this question being discussed. Google and others are taking it seriously.
Yeah, just trying to work out scheduling at this point. I love Ethan and Hila.
Both yes and no. I don't miss having to worry about it constantly. I do miss being able to jump into the water and swim around my home.
I'm renting it out to a friend now that I'm in the States but I'm actually considering selling it since I'm not planning on moving back to Stockholm anytime soon.
Why do you think our healthcare systems have such a hard time leveraging the revolutionary changes in scalability that we've seen in software? Amazon is able to predict what we want, often before we realize we want it, but healthcare systems struggle to even schedule routine appointments and labs.
Having worked on both the healthcare and tech sides, I think people underestimate just how big the differences are between the two fields, but I have a hard time saying who needs to bend more for us to reach a happy compromise. Also, any idea on what we as concerned patients and family members can help to encourage this compromise? I just feel like we're so close to using technology to improve efficiency and thus increase accessibility to care.
Thanks for your time!
When will you take Jordan to Italy?
What is the process for choosing the guests? Has Hot Ones gained enough traction and word of mouth that people are excited for it/it has street cred? Or is it almost always you/PR person having to explain the concept over and over again? (Your PR person deserves a metal btw for convincing all these celebrities to participate and even finding ways to contact them.) My only other question(s) would be in regards to the lack of women guests; do you find they are less interested in participating? Or have the male guests just been easier to coordinate/book? Not a question, but I would love to see a duo of women (Key and Peele played off each other so well that was one of my favorite episodes)- maybe Tina Fey and Amy Pohler or Abbi and Ilana from Broad City. Thanks! P.s. as a vegetarian, 1. I still am obsessed with your show and 2. respect for making veggie wings for Ricky and others.
Any advice to parents of teens and pre-teens? My daughter fears failure and it effects her confidence. You took the failures and found a way to inspire.
It is super important to improve our healthcare system - both to reduce chronic disease but if we don't do better health costs will squeeze out spending on all other government functions.
I agree it is surprising how tough it has been to get digital medical records right and to learn from looking at those records.
Still there are some very promising things going on. For example the idea of looking at a blood sample to find cancer very early so it can be treated. We will be able to use genomic data to tune treatments.
There are a few big problems like diabetes, obesity and neurological conditions including Alzheimer's that we really need to solve.
Taking Jordan to Italy is already in the works. We're waiting until it's legal to bring a cyborg into a foreign country.
The unsung hero of this whole thing is our amazing (and persuasive) talent booker Brandon Thomas. At first, we'd have to more or less con people into doing the show. Now, I'd say half our guests are familiar with Hot Ones and some are big fans. We've also had past guests lead to future ones (Tom leads to Padma, Bert leads to Coco, etc). Also, we need to s/o Sarah Honda for doing a little bit of everything. We wouldn't be able to do Hot Ones without her.
We haven't done a good enough job of booking women. In our experience, it's just been a tougher sell but it's something we think about/discuss all the time.
And definitely! Much love and respect to our vegetarian/vegan fans. Those vegan wings w Ricky are some of the best wings I've ever had in my life.
Dude you're asking the girl who pushed over a garbage bin in high school because I was upset about getting a B on a math test.
I used to be a really horrible perfectionist. But most of that went away when I moved to China the first time. When I was 16 I went there as an exchange student and when I got back I was like "maybe I didn't get a perfect score, but I CAN SPEAK CHINESE MOTHERFUCKERS"
Looking back, I think focusing on the process rather than the end product. Things rarely happen the way you expect them to, and maybe the thing you end up with after numerous of failures is better than what it would have been if everything went well from the start, or you learn something new.
But to be honest I still struggle with it. I've just redefined what success is for me, because now a success is when everything goes wrong in an entertaining way. I just try to be compassionate towards myself and realize that if I beat myself up about not performing at my best that's just going to hinder me long term. I just try to not be a dick to myself.
How is the old time baseball league looking this year?
Big fan of the show, keep up the good work Sean!
If you could have anyone on the show, dead or alive, who'd it be?
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I told you I would be here! Your shitty projects are hilarious but not very functional. Are you working on any serious robotics projects?
Also, after you dropped out of college, what was your career progression like? Did you envision yourself doing what you do now? Did you have uncertainty about your future? I resonate with what you have done with your career as I myself am a college dropout maker who builds robots.
Here’s to peace and love and shitty robots that are too dysfunctional to take over the world 🤖 !!!!!
EDIT: I wrote a bot to scan new and be the first to post. I finished it 5 mins before 12pm but you started early!! O well. That is a shittybot for you. At least it posted.
The main "copying" that went on relative to Steve and me is that we both benefited from the work that Xerox Parc did in creating graphical interface - it wasn't just them but they did the best work. Steve hired Bob Belville, I hired Charles Simonyi. We didn't violate any IP rights Xerox had but their work showed the way that led to the Mac and Windows.
Thanks for remembering my favorite remote of all time. Sometimes late at night I think about the young woman Nell and how we were supposed to be together but sadly we were born 150 years apart.
I'd say Andy Kaufman, The Ultimate Warrior and William Shakespeare to have him answer for the ghostwriting accusations on Death Sauce.
Are you working on any serious robotics projects?
I don't think I'm skilled enough to work on a serious robotics project.... YET!
Also, after you dropped out of college, what was your career progression like? Did you envision yourself doing what you do now? Did you have uncertainty about your future?
I dropped out of college because I got a job as an editor for Sweden's official website. Then I did some odd jobs, and started teaching myself how to program. I don't think I could have envisioned this happening even if I tried. It's way too random to come up with.
And yes, I've had plenty of uncertainty about my future and what I want to do with my time. My brother used to call me the constant life crisis. I still do to some extent, but this is honestly the first time in my life that I have no doubt about that I'm doing exactly what I want to do.
Any thoughts on the current state of the U.S.?
This is a question for Conanando. I am a 30 year old Hispanic male, about to get married in sept of this year. Any solid suggestions for wedding vows?
So Sean, we've got a thing we like to do around here called Explain That 'Gram. We do a deep dive on our guests Instagram and we just want the bigger picture. That sound good to you? Ok, here we go.
Shaq!? Come on Sean, have you been holding out on us?
And what about this guy? You're on Reddit, we're all about cute animals here. Give us the scoop.
And last but not least. 🎺🎺🎺
Thanks for joining us! Love Hot Ones. Keep it up.
EDIT: Hey, what's going on Hot Ones fans? If you liked my comment maybe meet me halfway, throw me an upvote. If you didn't like my comment, I don't want ya, I don't want ya in the thread. But if you did, upvote. Thank you very much. I appreciate you. I love you. More than a friend.
Hi Simone! Thanks for doing this AMA.
What's your favorite part of your work?!
Overall like Warren Buffett I am optimistic about the long run. I am concerned in the short run that the huge benefits of how the US works with other countries may get lost. This includes the aid we give to Africa to help countries there get out of the poverty trap.
If you're future wife is anything like mine she'll insist on taking out the part of the vows where you promise to honor and obey your husband. Try really hard to get that part back in.
LOL! Love this!
Shaq: So, I interviewed Shaq after some event in which he was a model for an art class full of drunken bros. I stole a horrible painting off one especially drunk dude, gifted it to Shaq during the interview and then he kissed me on the top of my bald head and said "Such a good dude."
That's my friend Sarah's dog Thor! I'd dog sit Thor from time to time back in the Chicago days.
And finally, made healthy deserts with John Cena and Emily Oberg. Just a day in the life. He told me a great story about how his first wrestling persona was a "half man, half machine" thing that he never got off the ground. Trying desperately to get him on Hot Ones.
And the Chrissy Teigen thing is a blur. Just standing there after an interview and getting licked by a supermodel. I think it was my first or second day in NYC.
The people I get to hang out with and work with! My manager Luke Girgis, my right-hand-man Scott Lawrie, Kristen Lomasney who helps with social media stuff (and who set up this AMA), and of course Adam Savage who always answers my most random questions. And the people on my Patreon, because they are so fucking kind and cuddly.
I'm going to become a father this summer. Do you have any advice you wouldn't mind sharing, from one dad to a dad-to-be?
How do you keep your hair sooo amazing and perfect?
How do you guys decide on a new sauce within the lineup?
How's the pressure to constantly censor yourself here in the US /on the YouTubes?
I just went on a trip with my 17 year old son to see 6 colleges. He is a junior in High School and trying to figure out where he should go. Trips like that have been a great way to spend time together. He reads even more about politics than I do so I let him pick books for me to read.
Melinda is very creative about helping me find chances to spend time with the kids. Even just driving them to school is a great time to talk to them.
Mayonnaise, corn starch and embalming fluid. Bake at 125 degrees for 1 hour.
At the end of the day, we probably put WAY too much thought into the sauces but it’s part of the fun, and it’s been cool to meet more people in the hot sauce game. We pick certain types in the hopes that they hit our guests differently throughout the interview. I’m pretty sure Chris has had sleepless nights thinking about Bravado Ghost Pepper & Blueberry sauce. We talk about things to swap in and out all the time. We’ll probably switch it up again soon!
I'm obviously not doing a great job of it. I think it's a hard balance to find. Sure I could omit some shits and fucks, but 90% of my humor is genital-based so it's just not that G-rated anyway. I think it's just that people generally mistake me for a science communicator, which tend to be very clean and kid-friendly. Sure, a part of it is science communication, but mostly it's just some sort of niche robot comedy.
Does the superhero outfit still fit, and how often do you just wear it around the office?
Not many people here know that you also are also a journalist for Complex. How did you get involved with that? What does Jinx smell like?
Also, how does it feel to never age?
What small thing will make your entire day, and what will ruin it?
Nah should be fine
Over time countries will be rich enough to do this. However we still have a lot of work that should be done - helping older people, helping kids with special needs, having more adults helping in education. Even the US isn't rich enough to allow people not to work. Some day we will be but until then things like the Earned Income Tax Credit will help increase the demand for labor.
It does fit. I do not wear it at the office at all; I wear it at home, and to the gym at Venice beach.
I used to freelance for Complex while I was living in Chicago. At pretty much the exact moment Complex launched its video operation, I was in New Orleans interviewing a bunch of people for print pieces. They asked me if they could put the interviews on camera to help get the YouTube page off the ground and I was hyped as fuck because my life was extremely boring at the time. I remember studying note cards and being nervous as hell for, like, a five minute video interview with 2 Chainz lol. Anyway, to get back on track... Complex liked the video pieces enough to offer me a full time job so I quit my gig in Chicago, sold my shit and moved to NYC 30 days later.
Jinx smells like cigar guts and Old Spice.
And, it took some digging but here's my first ever video interview! Peep the beautiful head of hair LMFAO! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoiPLM1oVvk
Getting a package in the mail will make it, having socks that slip off will ruin it.
Hey Sean! You've eaten the Carolina Reaper twice and I wanna know which time was it the most painful? Also, what was your bowel movement like after eating it?
Hi Simone! I'm a big tested fan. I have really enjoy the energy you bring to "still untitled." In one of your last videos, you used a 3D printer to make a new claw for your claw machine. How have you found 3D printing? Did you find that there was much of a learning curve?
Maybe Greed...I live in a area where house pricves have tripled in 20 years and out of reach, If I did not have that issue, I maybe not be in this place, but who knows. I believe everybody has the Greed gene on there brain and everybody reacts to it differently.
I am looking at 18-30 months
Repent? Yes because I did commit a crime, but too an extent I have not killed nobody or hurt nobody and I do believe I should be treated better by the court then I am due.
Any other criminals? Either they know what they are doing and know the risks or are addicted to drugs etc and there life is a blur For anybody thinking of crime, I say take the worst scenario for you right now and think that is what you get if you get caught so is it worth it.
There are so many ways to get involved - schools have mentorship and volunteering opportunities. Small gifts to things like Donors Choose have a big impact. I think most people start getting involved in local social service organizations. If you can travel to developing countries and see the needs there that is also great. It is great to start philanthropy when you are young.
In the long run the way to avoid refugee problems is to help countries develop by having good health, education and governance - fortunately the overall trend is good despite huge setbacks like Syria, South Sudan and Somalia. Unicef has a lot of good information about how to help with the current refugee challenges: http://uni.cf/2ltdjfr
Sandalwood and regret.
The second time was 100x worse. Feel like my entire body was like, "You. Dumbass." and completely shut down. Afterwards I was in the fetal position on my bathroom floor for at least an hour thinking about my lot in life in a very existential way. Now if I even smell a Carolina Reaper my cheeks water up. I'd say never again if it weren't for that charming motherfucker Chili Klaus.
I feel like I'm a pretty late adopter of 3D printing, because I really hated designing 3D models. But then Prusa sent me one of their printers and I got really sold. There's definitely a learning curve, but it doesn't take much to get started.
Did Bobby Lee really poop himself! If so, how bad did it smell?
Hi Simone! I love the work you do.
Have you had any particularly weird or creepy fan encounters?
Haha I am glad you popped up, love seeing you everywhere.
My missus calls them Serious Movies, so no X-Men 23 or Iron Man Whatever.
I have seen La-La Land, Lion and Fences at the cinema this year. All great in there own way
Good question. If you don't have a bun then it absolutely is not. If you slice the hot dog and put it on a normal piece of bread (like Burgermaster) then it is. When you use a hot dog bun then it is ambiguous.
Because the bread is connected, and forms a "hinge" if you will, it falls under the "taco" classification. Ergo, hotdogs and tacos are not sandwiches. The pita, however, takes us into strange territory and demands further study.
We did not cotton swab test his underpants or anything so there's no way to know for sure but it did seem like a serious situation in real time.
Not IRL no! People are generally super polite and cool. But the internet man. I have a pretty impressive collection of weird-ass screenshots.
Hey Conan, big fan.
How did you become friends with Jack White?
Sean, when are you going to come on down to Nashville & do a Nashville Hot Chicken special?
What does your tattoo say?
I am not sure if Steam here means the gaming platform or adding Arts to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. I have always been a big STEM fan but I have nothing against either STEAM.
True story: I met Jack and Meg in a bowling alley in Detroit in 1999 while shooting a remote. They were part of a group of people that came over and hung out. Later, they became famous and told me they were part of the group that were chatting and drinking beers all night. I totally lucked out. Since then, I just hang out in bowling alleys looking for future rock stars.
Check out this vid I did w Redban: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f0pxdL1vsE
I'd love to go to Nashville and get some Hattie B's or Prince's straight from the source. Hopefully we can make that happen soon.
it says that I was 18 and took myself way too seriously.
Hey, Mr. Gates! Was there any book that helped you through your career?
Do you ever wish you were an animal instead of a human, and if so which one?
How far in advance in the guest list booked? Secondly, when you reach out to someone who has never heard of the show before, how do you guys pitch this interview?
Do your shitty robot ideas just pop into your head or do you schedule thinking sessions to imagine your next shitty design?
Also, does tested have a p.o. box or something that people can send tested related material?
Hope your day is going swimmingly, all the best!
I have recommended a book called Business Adventures that chronicles some big successes and failures - I learned a lot from that.
See my previous answer about the penis covered stegosaurus.
We're pretty run and gun. Sometimes it's feels like a professional organization where we have a shoot scheduled two weeks in advance and a peg/launch date. Other times we just hop on a plane or pop up shop our show with, like, 48 hours notice (sometimes less).
I rarely schedule thinking sessions, but I do try to make sure that I have enough free time to get bored. If I'm overworked and stressed I never come up with anything, but as soon as I have too much time on my hands my brain starts looking for things to spend it on.
ALSO I LOVE GETTING PACKAGES SO SO MUCH
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How many four year olds would you kill before they killed you?
Who was your favourite interview so far? And also who is the number 1 person you want on the show that haven't been on yet?
The interviews that felt the best while they were happening were Joe Budden, Russell Brand, NORE (obviously), Jay Pharoah, T.J. Miller, T-Pain (and many others). I think the best pound for pound interview was probably Ricky Gervais? Then there's a whole other category of episodes I appreciate because of the ground they cover.
But, my favorite thing about Hot Ones is that it seems like the fans all have their own favorites, for their own reasons. My favorite episodes are the ones no on can agree on, where one comment is "Worst guest ever!" and the next is "GOAT episode!" That's how I know we've hit the right Hot Ones notes.
OMG CAN VEGAN PEOPLE PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY'RE VEGAN
But yeah, any type of nut cheese. Not a big fan of the milk industry.
What are you listening to lately, favorite new album or something older I should check out?
Eating hot foods has never been the problem for me, that comes later. How does your butthole hold up to this sort of punishment week after week? Is it like building a callus where it eventually isn't a problem anymore?
I already answered a question about my butthole. NO MORE BUTTHOLE QUESTIONS! Sean Spicer voice
oh damn. I can usually trust my brain to catch every possible sexual innuendo...
Hi Conan. It's Riley, the intern that you yelled at the other day for eating too many almonds. My question: How much water does it take to produce a single almond?
Sean, you said during the Gaffigan episode that you went to U of I. What was your major? And how the hell did you get from here to doing the best interview show in the world?
Hi Simone! Big fan of your work.
I haven't gotten a chance to tinker with robotics at work for a while, and am trying to think up a small project I can do in my free time to keep my skills sharp. I figured I might ask the queen of shitty robots for help: How do you come up with ideas for projects?
Riley, I yelled at you because you exceeded my 'one almond an hour' rule. That wastes water (an almond takes 1.1 gallons of water to produce).
I was a broadcast journalism major at University of Illinois. S/o to Prof. John Paul. If the ball bounced differently in life, I think I would've been the weatherman at WCIA-TV. And who knows maybe someday I will be.
Finding something in your everyday life that you want to improve is usually a good place to start!
If you could turn into any vegetable at will, what would it be and why?
If you could pick any 1 porn star to appear on Hot Ones, who would you pick and why?
The Asparagus, because I could change the odor of your urine against your will.
We've talked about this quite a bit. Top of the list is Teanna Trump but maybe you guys can help us out??? Who do you want to see? Feel like the Reddit community could have some valuable input here lol.
A dremel tool. I use mine for EVERYTHING. Including pedicures. Don't tell foot fetish people.
Hi Conan! Thanks for consistently making me laugh out loud. What is your favorite cereal?
I found this awesome show through TJ Miller. I loved it right away. Before my brother moved away we did Nine of the ten sauces from last season (sans Sriracha) and it was pure agony. Yet, by the time we finished there was a certain euphoria that you and your guests have pointed out. After two weeks I had a crazy urge to repeat the challenge again. So my wife and I have done so about once every two months.
Obviously with the frequency episodes have been coming out you don't wait that long, but I was wondering what the minimal amount of time between shoots you'll allow? Also what your immediate cool down routine is once the cameras turn off... Thanks!
P.S~ picture proof of pain.
Hi Simone, I absoloutely love your videos!
As another woman in a male-dominated field (computer science), I was wondering if you have any advice for other women in STEM trying to figure it all out? I feel like I experience a lot of imposter syndrome compared to my non-STEM female friends.
It's a tie between Fruit Loops and Cap'n Crunch with Crunchberries
I mean, you have to do what you have to do to keep the show going. We've shot three episodes in a week before, which can be pretty brutal. My immediate cool down routine is to go back to my apartment or hotel, throw on some basketball shorts, crank the air conditioning and tell everyone to not bother me for a few hours. I've actually come to kind of look forward to those peaceful, very Zen after hours.
Hey I struggle a lot with imposter syndrome too. I very often find that I want to excuse myself for lack of skill, knowledge, chest hair, etc etc etc. But I really try not to, because I've realized that the way you talk about yourself, and more importantly to yourself becomes this self-fulfilling prophecy.
You have every right to be where you are and having no fucking clue what you're doing is an inevitable part of doing something hard.
Hey /u/Seanseaevans! Let me just start with a huge thank you for all the support for r/Hotones. /u/Alexrock88, /u/PrettyBoyFlizzy, and I have had a blast building this Reddit community around your fantastic show and the general user base you generate is much friendlier than that of other internet hosts so kudos! I've got a three parter for you if you don't mind.
1) What is the one event you would attribute the most to "getting your foot in the door" to the career you are currently on?
2) What ever happened with the Aussie knockoff that you spoke to Bert about?
3) Are there any plans to either be on Joe Rogan's Podcast or have him on your show in the future?
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What do you do with the purposely shitty robots you make after you've done a video with them? Do they get hung in a hall of fame or do they just get tossed in the trashbin?
It's a tie between Jack White and Springsteen
Whadddup Matt! As far as getting my foot in the door, it's really about taking advantage of opportunities. Long story short... I was working a copywriter job in a cubicle in Chicago but I'd freelance on the side for some extra money and because I needed a creative outlet. That led to freelancing for Complex, which led to meeting Chris Schonberger (EIC at First We Feast), which led to this ridiculous show, which led to me answering your question here.
As far as I can tell, Fox Sports Australia washed "Burning Questions" from the world. Maybe those ding dongs are still doing it but they've definitely stopped putting it on YouTube. S/o Bert Kreischer btw!
I've never spoken to Joe. I don't get the impression that he does much press and he told Bert he wouldn't do Hot Ones on the JRE. But we'd kill to have him on the show if he changed his mind. Obviously, if he ever invited me to JRE I'd be there w my sauces ready to get weird.
I keep them! Some of them are packed up and some of them are hanging on the wall in my workshop. I try to not slaughter them for parts because I often bring them to events, TV shows etc.
Conan! Boston native here. I want to take my girl out for a real nice dinner to celebrate, anywhere in the Brookline/Boston/Quincy area. What do you suggest? If I can tell her I'm taking her somewhere (even if it's Taco Bell) because Conan Fucking O'Brien suggested it, she'd love it.
Who're some of your favorite artists?
You probably get a lot of the same requests for certain guests, but who's someone that you'd like to interview (or have interviewed) that doesn't come up too often?
Too many to name but The Weeknd is killing shit right now. Over the course of my life tho Biggie, DMX and Kanye are probably the artists with the most mileage in my headphones. Sort of an under the radar white whale for me is Adam Carolla because he's my hero and won't fuck with Hot Ones at all which make me want him even more.
kudos on putting such a relevant twist on that question.
I feel the horse sized duckbot would win, especially if the bill got equipped with, say knives. Might be worth building..
All 45 US presidents engage to a fight to the death. Who makes it out alive?
I love you. Do you think Gordon Ramsey will ever agree to coming onto the show?
I learned about you from watching Physics Girl. Any plans for future collabs with her?
Harry S. Truman. Do not screw with Harry S. Truman.
I hope so. Feel like YouTube commenters are just going to keep coming at our necks every week 'til it happens.
Heck yes. I love Dianna. We have plans. So many plans.
Have you received any offers to play professional soccer after your incredible display with Gio Dos Santos?
Sean what toilet paper do you recommend to cool the burning sensation your ass experiences following your show??
Thanks for calling that an incredible display. The goal I scored was so incredibly fake that I felt bad for the goalie who had to pretend to miss a ball moving at 2mph.
Charmin Ultra Soft
I don't think I've been very secretive about it. If I cold mate with The Fly, I would.
Is there ever going to be a beard reprise? I wouldn't be mad about it...
I got a complete 50/50 response on the beard. Half the people loved it, half the people hated it. Since it was my kids who hated it, it had to go. Don't fear, I still keep it in the attic with my wedding dress.
Do you plan on traveling all over the world with the Conan Show ?
I'd like to keep this going as long as I can. It's really fun, and at this stage in my career it feels like something new and exciting. I've always loved my job, but the one downside is being in the studio every day. The chance to travel and try my comedy out on people who speak different languages is a great joy.
Yes, Bill Tull is exactly like that.
Do you have to adjust your comedy routine when traveling to a different country (in this case, Mexico) or is comedic timing universal?
Thank you and looking forward to tonight's episode!
That's a great question. What surprised me the most is how little I have to adjust. Especially in Mexico. The Mexican people are really funny and sharp, and they always got the joke instantly - and they weren't afraid to give me a hard time. I'm very comfortable being the underdog when I do remotes, and all the Mexican people I encountered were great and generous improvisors.
Skittles, Hennessy and a new born kitten.
Hi Conan, I've brought a puppet to your studio audience a few times, but the last time Jeff Ross sternly requested I keep it down during the show. Why does Jeff Ross hate puppets?
Jeff Ross was molested by a puppet in 1958. When he testified in court he had to point to a human to show where the puppet touched him.
Hi Conan, my left pinky finger has been twitching since midnight and seems to have moved to my buttocks. Any tips?
Without intimate photos it's hard to say. I'll send you some.
Your remotes are probably my favorite thing you do. In the future, would you ever consider doing a travel show? I'd definitely watch that. Thanks for all the laughs.
Great idea. I'd love to do a travel show. In fact, I'm going to go shoot one in Mexico right now. It will air tonight at 10pm on TBS. Look for your name in the credits under "Idea By".
Hi Conan! Did the trip improve your Spanish? Any new words or phrases you'd love to share?
I honestly think my accent for stronger, and I think if I lived in Mexico City for a while I would get better much faster. My favorite phrase is on the back of a jacket someone gave me; it's "México es Chingón".
What was it like to speak to former president Vicente Fox and did you take away anything that you weren't expecting from your trip to Mexico?
President Vicente Fox was very funny, and although he was talking about a serious issue, he came prepared almost like a comedian. He entirely caught the spirit of what we were trying to do, and he's a big part of the show.
There has been a rise in antimicrobial resistance in recent years due to abuse and overuse of antibiotics. What do you think needs to be done to change this trend? Also, I have a degree in Microbiology and have been applying to state level Epidemiologist positions with no luck. Where should I find good entry level positions in this field that will help bolster my resume and make me a better candidate for these positions?
My father Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien who works at Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston has been working hard on this problem for decades. He's the smartest guy I know. He and his team have been working hard on this serious issue for a long time.
Conan, in 40 years time after you stop doing your show, would u consider doing conan travels as a netflix show?
in 40 years time we'll all be brains in jars connected to a giant server. But yes, my brain will travel the world.
Wow. Your friendly, casual demeanor cracked through my cold emotionless exterior. The answer is no. Bud's not okay.
The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara
Still no curtains. My dad says it happens for guys at different times.
If your really conan then, what's something only he would know?
I have a scar from an appendectomy on my lower right abdomen. I have three cats named Thor, Maow and Cleo and the only one I like is Thor. My ATM Pin is 1494.
I'm from Boston, and a huge Patriots fan. We had to edit out all the times I tried to kiss him.
Do you have any particularly vivid memory of your time at Brookline High School? Warriors rule
My favorite moment was when I threw the big pass that won the game. Or maybe that was Jimmy Hennessey.
Seriously, I went back to Brookline High School about 15 years ago, and it was so much nicer then when I was there. They actually had a sushi bar (not kidding). I felt like I had gone to high school during the Great Depression.
Thank you for taking your show to Mexico for your travel special. I love the country!
Of the places you visited, what was your favorite? Would you go back to do another episode or for a vacation? What the tastiest meal you had? What is Diego Luna like?
I went to the Trotsky museum; it's the house where Leon Trotsky was murdered with an ice pick. I think it's safe to say that I'm the only late night host to ever go there.
Hey Conan, would you rather have a vagina on your forehead or have a row of penises down your back like a stegosaurus?
Ah, the old classic question. I've always been a penis stegosaurus guy.
"Conan: Made in Mexico" (which airs tonight at 10pm on TBS). Aside from that, season two of One Tree Hill. When Peyton hit bottom, I thought my life was over.
I think it's time to tell people that yes, we are dating.
In 2015, The Masturbating Bear died of autoerotic asphyxiation alone in a Motel 6 in Flagstaff, AZ. He was buried with full military honors.
How is Mike Sweeney still alive? What sort of superfood do you feed him?
Don't make fun of Mike Sweeney - he served our country valiantly during the Korean war. We give Mike Sweeney the same hormones they inject into old Redwoods. Currently there's a branch growing out between his shoulder blades.
Liam Cartwright. He played tenor sax with the group, but left for better things in '58.
I have some great leather "F The Wall" boots from President Vicente Fox, a "México es Chingón" jacket, and a Trostsky keychain.
Hey Conan! I imagine you're a busy guy, but did you ever finally get to meet Forss Fagerstrom?
No, I did not. It's one of the great disappointments of my life.
After something like 4500 hours of weird awkward television, I honestly cannot answer that.
Hello Conester, I've been to Mexico many times and it's one of my favorite countries to visit. When you were there, were people really hesitant about Americans?
Absolutely not. The Mexican people were warm, friendly and eager to participate in the show. We spent a week there. I met thousands of people and I never felt the slightest hint of trepidation or hostility.