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Paul Rudd has pulled the same gag on Conan O'Brien for nearly two decades.

Paul Rudd is a prolific and perseverant prankster. Just ask Conan O'Brien.

In 2004, Rudd was a guest on Conan O'Brien's talk show and he told O'Brien he'd brought a clip of the finale of "Friends" to share with him and the audience. He set up what the clip would be, but when O'Brien cut to it, what played was a scene from the cheesy 1988 film "Mac and Me."

Paul Rudd's First "Mac And Me" Prank | Late Night with Conan O’Brienwww.youtube.com

It was cute and silly and the beginning of a nearly two-decade-long running gag.

In the years since, Rudd has pulled the "Mac and Me" clip out around a dozen times on Conan O'Brien's show while promoting various projects, from "Anchorman 2" to "Ant-Man." Sometimes he starts to show a clip from an actual film he's in, which then suddenly switches to the "Mac and Me" scene. And Paul Rudd has remained deadpan, every time.


After so many years of Rudd pulling this prank, you'd think Conan O'Brien would anticipate it. And indeed, he does know to expect it on his talk show. But Rudd managed to surprise O'Brien this week by pulling the gag with a twist—playing the audio of the clip on O'Brien's podcast, "Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend."

Rudd told O'Brien that he'd been working on a podcast project of his own, a four-episode narrative on Audible. He described how excited he was to get to record it with some of his friends, including Adam Scott and Ken Marino. He explained the basic premise of the series, with the characters and background story. He said he brought a clip from the series to share—and this time, O'Brien really didn't see the prank coming.

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O'Brien's repeated "You can't do that on a podcast!" is hilarious. He genuinely wasn't expecting it this time, which makes it all the more delightful.

How dedicated do you have to be to keep a gag going for 18 years? And to make up an entire series just to get O'Brien to fall for it? The guy is a legend.

Watch the supercut of all the times Rudd has pranked O'Brien's audience with "Mac and Me" to see how he's managed to keep it going for so long:

Totally predictable after a while, but honestly? It's Paul Rudd. Even when you know it's coming, it's still great. Moving the gag to the podcast realm was just extra next level. We wouldn't expect anything less.

10/10. The Mayyas dance.

We can almost always expect to see amazing acts and rare skills on “America’s Got Talent.” But sometimes, we get even more than that.

The Mayyas, a Lebanese women’s dance troupe whose name means “proud walk of a lioness,” delivered a performance so mesmerizing that judge Simon Cowell called it the “best dance act” the show has ever seen, winning them an almost instant golden buzzer.

Perhaps this victory comes as no surprise, considering that the Mayyas had previously won “Arab’s Got Talent” in 2019 and competed on “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.” But truly, it’s what motivates them to take to the stage that’s remarkable.

“Lebanon is a very beautiful country, but we live a daily struggle," one of the dancers said to the judges just moments before their audition. Another explained, “being a dancer as a female Arab is not fully supported yet.”

Nadim Cherfan, the team’s choreographer, added that “Lebanon is not considered a place where you can build a career out of dancing, so it’s really hard, and harder for women.”

Still, Cherfan shared that it was a previous “AGT” star who inspired the Mayyas to defy the odds and audition anyway. Nightbirde, a breakout singer who also earned a golden buzzer before tragically passing away in February 2021 due to cancer, had told the audience, “You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” The dance team took the advice to heart.

For the Mayyas, coming onto the “AGT” stage became more than an audition opportunity. Getting emotional, one of the dancers declared that it was “our only chance to prove to the world what Arab women can do, the art we can create, the fights we fight.”

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