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July 5, 2009

Conan O'Brien at the Barbershop Convention

There I was at the Primarily A Cappella booth on a very quiet afternoon right by the door at the Barbershop Harmony Convention exhibit hall when I looked up and did a classic double take as in walked Conan O'Brien who immediately came straight to my booth. Suddenly there were cameras and production folks surrounding the booth as Conan was doing a piece for the Tonight Show. I of course gave him some barbershop CDs and then followed him as he continued around the exhibits having fun with some of the exhibitors and the barbershop merchandise. He sang a number with the Alley Cats and it was hilarious to watch him interact with the group and the really only handful of us who were then in the Exhibit Hall. And then to add to the celebrity coolness in came Dick Van Dyke who was introduced to Conan and they talked for awhile. I later learnt from Mike Mendyke of The Vantastix that there has now been an official invite from the Tonight Show for Dick's a cappella quartet to perform on the show.

Conan then left for awhile to reappear wearing a fake mustache with a red-striped shirt, boater and spats. Further fun ensued as he talked with some barbershoppers, sung with OC Times, and then rode on a penny-farthing bicycle which promptly broke. It was a lot of fun watching the taping and the segment should be airing soon.

Posted by acapnews at July 5, 2009 10:07 AM


Funny! They Alley Cats are amazing. Conan needs to have them on his show often.

Posted by: Irene Imhof at August 26, 2009 4:55 PM

I saw them at Lawrence Welk and they were fabulous. Brought back old memories of the 50's and 60's. They don't write songs like that any more. they were great, We need to see more of them

Posted by: barbara Dasaro at March 1, 2010 11:42 AM

The Alley Cats were a hit in Pittsburgh during the shooting of up coming PBS series on music. 53 acts were filmed during the three day shoot. During set changes the Alley Cats went above the call of duty & entertained the packed house with their harmony of oldies. You guys brought down the house.

Posted by: Tim Susick at May 25, 2010 5:54 AM

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