Today’s lesson: All you need to make a super depressing song hilarious is Conan O’Brien and a ridiculous fake cockney accent. In the sound check for the first date of Conan’s much-ballyhooed ‘Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour’ in Eugene, Ore., the comedian tackled a cover of Radiohead’s first hit single, ‘Creep,’ to, well, comedic results.
With a full band in tow, Conan stays faithful to a few of the lyrics but mostly replaces the Thom Yorke’s serious stylings with jokes cockney accents. “I’m a chimney sweep and you’re special,” O’Brien sang. When the song hits its iconic bridge, Conan works his voice into one of the more horrifying vibrato-filled falsettos we’ve ever heard.
Apparently, this is not the first time Conan has taken a stab at ‘Creep.’ As Rolling Stone reported in early 2008, the comedian played a cover of the song in a video depicting what he did while on hiatus during the Writer’s Guild strike. We can’t help but notice that there’s a correlation developing: When Conan is unemployed, he grows a beard, picks up a guitar and rocks out to depressing anthems. Really, it’s not such a bad way to spend one’s time while jobless.
You can catch Conan zigzagging across the country through mid-June, just a few months before he returns to television with a new show on TBS. Check out his cover of ‘Creep’ below: