Conan O'Brien could appear in walk-on role in 'How I Met Your Mother' as the best worst extra ever

During his visit to Conan last night, Neil Patrick Harris revealed the wonderful news that Coco could be appearing on an upcoming episode of How I Met Your Mother next season. But, rest easy PopWatchers, this won’t be some celebrity stunt casting in the same vein as former guest stars like Jennifer Lopez or Nick Swisher. Rather, O’Brien snagged a coveted walk-on part by outbidding himself at a charity auction (watch NPH retell the amusing story beginning at the 4:45 mark).

This has us excited for a number of reasons, mainly in that two of our favorite worlds, Conan O’Brien and HIMYM, would be colliding. Here’s to hoping the producers actually do let him play just a guy at MacLarens (O’Brien rightly argued, “I think it’s much funnier if I’m in the bar in the background”) who occasionally turns around to smile directly into the camera and inexplicably breaks into the puppet string dance. Do I even need to say it, PopWatchers? It would be legen–

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  • Alex

    That would be great if he was in the background and did his string dance. That would be heaven!

  • Krystal

    that would be hilarious to just be like spot the Conan haha

  • mikeman

    “how i met your mother” is aging like milk left out on the counter.

    • stan

      You mean, “aging like mike left out on the counter, man.”

  • Laura


  • Mr. Holloway

    Sorry, but everyone knows the best worst extra was Abed on “Cougar Town.” (I couldn’t take my eyes off of him…which is probably the exact opposite of what an extra is supposed to do.)

    • Jay

      Yeah, that was awful. How that scene didn’t get another take is beyond me

      • Mr. Holloway

        It’s probably because he ran away, so they couldn’t get him to try again.

        Maybe they had to move on to Hawaii by that time, so they just kept going.

      • Kat

        …LOL what?? That was the POINT of the scene with Abed.

      • Kat

        Maybe I need to recalibrate my joke-o-meter? I’m feeling very confused.

    • stan

      I couldn’t believe that was actually happening…and I was trying to remember the monologue, to see how close Danny Pudi came to doing what he said he did (although it did suck infinitessimally slightly that Courtney Cox wasn’t available).

  • Al

    Given that he’s being beaten in the ratings by shows like ‘Chelsea Lately’ and ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’, I doubt many people will care.

    • Jason C.

      Where are you getting your info at? Last Call isn’t even on at the same time as Conan, and it’s on basic cable making it easier for people to find and watch. On top of that, last I looked Conan is beating Chelsea in it’s time slot.

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  • Laroix

    I didn’t know Conan was still on the air.

  • Danielle

    YES. THIS MUST HAPPEN. It’ll be like when he was randomly walking down the street during The Office.

    • Angie

      I forgot about that! That was pretty legencary…

  • Brad H


  • bryan

    yes and that would be his spark to eventually host the late late show when letterman retires :)

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