VIDEO: Conan O’Brien tries to furlough non-essential employees

Conan O’Brien proved that the government isn’t the only agency capable of furloughing employees. In the wake of the government shutdown, O’Brien decided to streamline his staff and get rid of non-essential employees – or try, at least.

O’Brien walked around the “Conan” office, grilling his employees on what they do all day. We have to admit, though, he’s not exactly a scary boss. O’Brien caught his assistant ordering a pie online and doing a crossword puzzle and still deemed her as “Essential.” He even helped her solve a crossword clue.

When the lanky comedian asked his staffers if there was any one employee who seemed particularly lazy, many of them fingered one culprit: producer Jordan Schlansky. They told O’Brien of Schlansky’s habit of filling up his Brita pitcher all day instead of doing work. “My choice to remain hydrated doesn’t imply I have no work to do,” responded Schlansky.

Schlansky gets the toughest interrogation, with O’Brien asking him how often he urinates (HR, anyone?) but he bears it with the body language of Lee Harvey Oswald, as O’Brien calls it. We won’t spoil the ending for you, but we will say that O’Brien is a pretty nice boss, even if he stamped someone an “A—hole.”


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