The Late Night with Conan O’Brien wrap party was the only buzz around the office for the last couple of months of shows. As an intern, it sort of felt like being the uncool freshman listening to the glossy seniors all talking about the coolest party of the century.
We didn’t know until the week before if us lowly interns would be attending or not. Our intern advisor, who hated making us do stupid runs and genuinely always wanted us to be happy and enjoy our time there, was so upset every time one of us asked if we could go. We’d approach his desk in twos and threes and ask quietly with sad eyes if we could please, please, please go?
As if that would help our case. It only made him feel worse about saying he wasn’t sure. It wasn’t his decision. We didn’t even know who made the final decision.
In the end, we were allowed to go! Not because the staffers saw the error of their ways, realized how indispensible we all were, and couldn’t imagine the wrap party without our wit and charm. It was because the big A-listers never RSVPed so there was a lot of extra room.
Anyway. We got to go, right? The whys and hows don’t really matter.
It was held in Studio 8H (SNL’s studio) the night of the very last taping, February 20th, 2009. Me and my intern friends didn’t want to be the losers that arrived too early, so we hung around the offices as long as we could, trying to stay occupied.
Then we decided to mosey on down to SNL. Our plan was to act all cool and mature. We were really excited about being unfazed and nonchalant! Unfortunately, we were in fact the first people inside, which was a little embarrassing to say the least.
And I didn’t help matters when a waiter laden with appetizers, happy to have some people to serve, approached us and I screamed out “Mini grilled cheese on a stick!!!???” and proceeded to yank it off his tray along with a Crantini (which I may have almost spilled on him).
It was an amazing, bittersweet party and I got to meet a lot of awesome people, including my childhood crush, Macaulay Culkin, and his little brother Kieran (it’s still completely unclear why they showed up, but still awesome.) and Jack MacBrayer from 30 Rock (nicest guy!) and Lonny Ross from 30 Rock (also nicest guy and also a former Conan intern! Had so much fun swapping intern stories with him).
Of course I took a picture pretending I’m hosting SNL
Fun fact about this pic with Andy Richter: Jack MacBrayer snapped it with my camera!