Conan Tours Taco Bell HQ, Visits the Test Kitchen and Ends Up Convulsing on the Floor

Seeing how the chalupa is made

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If you've ever seen late-night mastermind Conan O'Brien venture into the real world and interact with the commoners, you know you're in for a treat whenever it happens.

Turns out the head of Conan's IT department, Chris Hayes, is a Taco Bell superfan, eating it at least three times a week. As Conan is a benevolent boss, he decides to make Hayes' dream come true and take him to Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine, Calif.

We get an interesting glimpse behind the tortilla curtain, where we see how the magic happens. But more important, comedy ensues as Conan and Hayes rollick through the chalupa palace, interacting with food taste testers, trying new creations in the "Innovation Kitchen" as well as inventing new ones like Conan's Irish-inspired concoction, "The O'Taco."

It's not all flattering to the brand, but it ends up putting the chain in a good light just because it's so entertainingly honest. So, sit back and enjoy this hilarious tour of Taco Bell HQ, with your guide, Conan O'Brien.

@maskeroni Alfred Maskeroni is director of video for Adweek.
Publish date: January 22, 2015 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT