Bill Burr has appeared on Conan O’Brien’s talk show(s) many times over the years. The comedian and The Mandalorian guest star stopped by for his last appearance on Thursday, with the final episode of Conan approaching (June 24).
Conan perfectly set up Burr by remarking that “a lot of people are mad about a lot of things these days,” like getting the COVID vaccine. Burr has been vaccinated, but he believes in the easily debunked conspiracy theories peddled by the country’s Marjorie Taylor Greenes who refuse to get the injection. “I love a conspiracy that doesn’t make any sense,” he said. “That they’re secretly trying to kill all of us for population control?”
He continued, “No, because what they would do, they would be killing all what they call ‘the sheeple,’ so all the people that go, ‘What are we supposed to do?’ They’re going to kill us and just be left with all the Fonzies with their leather jackets who are too cool to listen to people?” Burr — a self-described “Ron Howard,” while the anti-vaxxers are the Fonzies — would buy a theory that involves “thinning the herd,” but the government “would never do a pointed attack on people that are going to do whatever they say.” They’re “eliminating the wrong group,” Conan added, nullifying the theory.
Burr no longer listens to anyone’s theories unless they were obtained “at the library.” If you got it from the library, I’ll listen to it because the library has the courtesy to separate non-fiction from fiction, implying that this really happened and this is not some nonsense made up by people. Anything on the internet is viewed as non-fiction.” He later joked (just before the 4:00 minute mark) that he wished the virus had killed “a few more” people so that traffic in Los Angeles would be less bad. Conan’s reaction was the result of a “honest, selfish thinking.”