Conan O’Brien goes to Australia

He tries to learn Australian slang and speak with their accent but in doing so is shocked to find that Australians do not use the word ‘shrimp’, either on their ‘barbies’ or anywhere else, and they don’t care much for Foster’s beer either.

He also learns how to survive in the outback in which it seems like pretty much every living creature you encounter can kill you.

He also learns to play Australian rules football. I had not known that the playing area is oval-shaped and thus cricket grounds are often used for matches.


  1. Matt G says

    I’ve heard from multiple sources that Foster’s “Australian for beer” Beer is basically made for export.

  2. John Morales says

    Huh. Conan seems singularly inept at every featured endeavour. Especially the footy.

    Presumably it’s supposed to be amusing.

  3. Holms says

    Corrections for the dialect coach: AC/DC was almost entirely born in the UK, Burger King is called Hungry Jacks.

  4. sonofrojblake says

    @1: it’s worse than that -- pretty often “Australian for beer” is brewed locally and just labelled as such. Certainly the case in the UK.

  5. Rob Grigjanis says

    Can’t see the videos in Canada.

    Holms @4:

    AC/DC was almost entirely born in the UK

    Never cared for them, but love Flash and the Pan, founded by George Young (older brother of Malcolm and Angus), and the Dutch-born Harry Vanda.

    And my favourite Aussie song was written by a born Scot.

  6. says

    Aussie’s prefer Carlton White Cans (or at least they did in the late ’70s when I was in Darwin and Perth.

    Two exports they were very glad to be rid of: Fosters and Olivia Newton John.


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