Zach Woods, known for his roles in “The Office” and “Silicon Valley,” appeared on Conan O’Brien‘s talk show recently and shared some interesting anecdotes about his early comedy career. Woods reminisced about his time at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York and how Conan O’Brien was like the “medici” of the New York comedy scene, providing opportunities for struggling performers.

Woods fondly recalled his first television gig on O’Brien’s show, where he played a leprechaun with Marfan syndrome. Although the sketch was ultimately cut, Woods received a substantial paycheck for his appearance. He expressed his gratitude towards O’Brien for supporting talented performers like himself, even if it meant doing bizarre sketches.

The conversation then shifted to the talented comedy actors that Woods observed during his early days, particularly those with a similar physical appearance. Woods humorously referred to them as “praying mantis men,” and mentioned his admiration for British comedian Stephen Merchant.

Woods expressed his appreciation for O’Brien’s unwavering support throughout his career. He mentioned how O’Brien promoted his short film, giving it an audience and inviting him to be a guest on his talk show before others were willing to do so. Woods described O’Brien’s support as a “comedy Robin Hood vibe,” where he genuinely wants talented individuals to succeed and is not afraid to use his platform for their benefit.

However, Woods cheekily suggested that O’Brien owed him a favor, jokingly asking if he could snag a role in one of O’Brien’s future movies, even if it didn’t suit him. The lighthearted exchange showcased the camaraderie between the two and their shared sense of humor.

The conversation took a humorous turn when O’Brien revealed that he occasionally goes overboard with self-deprecating humor, constantly apologizing before mentioning the name of a famous person he encountered. Woods playfully teased him about it, highlighting the absurdity of the situation and how excessive modesty can backfire.

The duo also discussed the discomfort some people feel when discussing money and success. Woods shared an amusing story about a sneezing prank he played on Adam Sachs, the executive producer of O’Brien’s show, using a money-filled prop to give the impression that he sneezed out cash. The anecdote emphasized how O’Brien’s comfort zone lies in absurd and exaggerated comedy, which often brings joy to those around him.

As the conversation came to a close, both Woods and O’Brien reflected on the cultural differences between the UK and the US, where self-promotion is more accepted. They playfully jested about the perceptions of wealth and ambition, celebrating the honesty and directness of American showbiz culture.

Overall, Zach Woods‘ appearance on Conan O’Brien‘s talk show offered a delightful blend of nostalgia and humor, highlighting the strong bond between the two and their shared passion for comedy.