To celebrate Conan O'Brien's return to Comic-Con International in San Diego this year, TBS' Conan aired a special animated cold open starring the Coco himself in the style of Sony Pictures Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
"My name is Conan Denise O'Brien," the late night talk show host says in a voice-over narration. "When I was 15 years old, I was bitten by a radioactive party clown at my quinceañera. You probably know the rest."
What follows is a parody of a classic Spider-Man scene in which a young Conan is told by his father, "With no talent comes no responsibility." From there, the animation chronicles O'Brien's rise to prominence through several other nods to Spider-Man, such as the host using his trademark red hair -- as opposed to webs -- to swing around the city.
O'Brien explains that he could have used the powers bestowed upon him by the clown bite to save the world, but settled for "cheap laughs and light celebrity chat." He recalls meeting longtime on-screen partner Andy Richter, who appears to be an analog for the Kingpin in this clip. Conan also details his various (fictitious) merchandising deals and product tie-ins, much like how Peter Parker does at the beginning of Into the Spider-Verse.
"I am Comic-Con and Comic-Con is me," O'Brien declares, before being asked to step down from the mailbox he is standing on by a police officer. The bit closes with Conan's logo being reimagined in the style of several different films, comic books and cartoons.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Luna Lauren Velez, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney and Kimiko Glenn. The film is available on digital HD, UltraHD, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD.