Imagine a trip with no karaoke, no getting coffee and no gratuitous promotion of a star’s new movie.
In a taped segment for his show Tuesday, Conan threw in a few other detours on this road to nowhere by mistakenly asking Cruise about his star turn in “Officer and a Gentleman” and handing the actor a water bottle to pee in.
Cruise kept angling for a conventional interview and even began to point out the sights, but O’Brien wouldn’t have it.
“If I wanted a tour guide, I’d hire a tour guide,” the host snapped.
Chalk up a victory for talk-show theater of the absurd.