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Mr T On The Conan O'Brien Show
TALKING TO MR. T: ALWAYS TERRIFIC By ADAM BUCKMAN--- CONAN O'Brien nearly plotzed.
That's Yiddish, of course, meaning: "To collapse or faint, as from surprise or excitement."
Sitting across from a publicist for the TV oldies channel TV Land at a bachelor dinner for a mutual friend not too long ago, he'd just been asked if he'd like to have Mr. T as a guest on "Late Night."
Recalled Conan, laughing, "It was like someone saying, 'Would you like 3 million dollars in gold Krugerrands?' I was like, 'Are you kidding? Of course I'd love to talk to Mr. T!'"
Conan got his chance last Wednesday. T - as his friends call him - came on the show wearing a glittery silver suit, a gold pendant with an emerald mounted in the center, and a $40,000 gold Rolex encrusted with diamonds.
What transpired after that was the kind of segment a late-night host dreams about - 81/2 minutes of raucous conversation fueled by an animated, high-decibel guest and an enthusiastic audience who couldn't get enough of him.
At Conan's request, Mr. T recited his catch phrase from "Rocky III" - "I pity the fool!" - causing Conan to leap from his chair and dance behind his desk, as Mr. T followed suit.
The "A-Team" star, still sporting his trademark mohawk and black beard, then demonstrated the correct way to play with a Mr. T action figure, and explained why a Mr. T air freshener hanging from a rear-view mirror is the best deterrent against car thieves - all in that loud, seemingly tireless voice of his.
"Do you ever speak softly?" Conan asked at one point.
Replied Mr. T, "You know, I'm so excited, man! I tell you, I'm pumped! You know, the audience loves me! I'm excited! Look at me perspiring, man! That's right!"
At that, they both leapt to their feet again.
"I was thrilled," Conan said on the phone the next day. "I mean, people were howling.
"We weren't having any laughs at his expense. We were just having fun with Mr. T. We established a good rapport up front and it was so loose that I'm jumping up on my desk and he's dancing and it was just ...," he said, laughing at the memory.
Mr. T - who says he's waging a successful battle against cancer with the help of several drugs - was in New York to promote TV Land's Ultimate Fan Search, the annual contest sponsored by Nick at Nite and TV Land whose aim is to pluck from obscurity the nation's most obsessive expert on TV trivia. T is this year's host of the on-line Fan Search, which commences tonight at 9:30 on Nick-at-nite.com.
Other stops on the New York leg of his 18-city tour included Howard Stern's radio show, where T threatened Stern with bodily harm for asking personal questions about his mother; and a visit to the Helmsley Building astride Park Avenue at 46th Street, site of the "Cow Hospital," where workmen were repairing the Mr. T cow that had been part of the ongoing CowParade.
As he made his rounds, greeting surprised and delighted fans wherever he went, T was philosophical about his career. Said he, "I don't mean to be cocky, but if I'm never on TV again, if I never make another dollar, I am proud. I did what I wanted to do."
Still, he admits, "I love performing, you know, because, like I say, I'm a ham for this stuff."
Source: New York Post
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