Conan O'Brien Parodies Marriage With Televised Same-Sex "Wedding"

By:  Dave Bohon
11/08/2011
       
Conan O'Brien Parodies Marriage With Televised Same-Sex "Wedding"

In an apparent effort to raise ratings on his obscure nightly TBS talk show, displaced comedian Conan O’Brien officiated November 4 at a same-sex wedding ceremony between O’Brien’s costume designer, Scott Cronick, and Cronick’s homosexual partner David Gorshein. The “wedding,” which was televised live at the end of a week of shows taped in New York City, had family members of both men crowded onstage to witness the supposedly Jewish-style ceremony.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, which covered the story as serious news, Gorshein waited underneath a traditional Jewish chuppah, while “Cronick walked down the aisle accompanied by his favorite celebrity, Andy Cohen of Bravo.”

After the pair exchanged vows of sorts, Conan declared officially (and to laughs from the studio audience), “By the power invested in me by the state of New York and the Universal Life Church, I now pronounce you husband and husband. You can kiss the groom.”

The quasi-comedy episode was topped of by the couple riding off-stage atop a buffalo, escorted by a Ted Turner look-alike — in a nod to the network creator’s current business enterprise.

In an apparent effort to raise ratings on his obscure nightly TBS talk show, displaced comedian Conan O’Brien officiated November 4 at a same-sex wedding ceremony between O’Brien’s costume designer, Scott Cronick, and Cronick’s homosexual partner David Gorshein. The “wedding,” which was televised live at the end of a week of shows taped in New York City, had family members of both men crowded onstage to witness the supposedly Jewish-style ceremony.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, which covered the story as serious news, Gorshein waited underneath a traditional Jewish chuppah, while “Cronick walked down the aisle accompanied by his favorite celebrity, Andy Cohen of Bravo.”

After the pair exchanged vows of sorts, Conan declared officially (and to laughs from the studio audience), “By the power invested in me by the state of New York and the Universal Life Church, I now pronounce you husband and husband. You can kiss the groom.”

The quasi-comedy episode was topped of by the couple riding off-stage atop a buffalo, escorted by a Ted Turner look-alike — in a nod to the network creator’s current business enterprise.

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Photo: Talk show host Conan O'Brien attends the TBS/TNT Network Upfront at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in New York.: AP Images

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