Before They Were Stars: Conan O’Brien as a Background Extra on “Saturday Night Live” (with Wayne Gretzky!)

Conan O’Brien got his first major break when he joined the Saturday Night Live writing staff during the late 1980s and would sometimes pop up in the odd sketch as a background extra. Recently, Conan had Wayne Gretzky on his show and they decided to show a clip from the 1989 episode where Gretzky hosted SNL and proved that unparalleled hockey skills do not always translate to great comedic skills. Anyway, it turns out that Conan was in the background playing the drums during the infamous sketch where Gretzky lip-synched “Waikiki Hockey”.

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