The joke was reprinted in the SacBee this morning (see image at right).
The joke is based on the recent development of a synthetic hamburger made from stem cells in a lab (you can read more here).
Conan calls the stem cell-produced hamburger a “test tube hamburger”.
Interestingly, Conan says he would try it!
Below left is a picture of the prototype stem cell produced meat and I gotta say it looks really disgusting.
You can watch the monologue here on video and the test tube hamburger part starts around the 6:10 mark.
Here’s the text of this part of Conan’s monologue:
OH, THIS IS EXCITING NEWS. IN GERMANY, RESEARCHERS WERE RECENTLY ABLE TO STOP LIGHT FROM TRAVELING FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. ISN'T THAT AMAZING? HERE'S HOW THEY DID IT. THEY PLACED THE LIGHT ON UNITED AIRLINES. APPARENTLY YOU'RE FANS OF THAT AIRLINE AND YOU HAVEN'T HAD A PROBLEM. MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE SAID AMERICAN. OH, THAT GUY -- ONE GUY'S MAD AT AMERICAN. THE INVENTOR OF THE WORLD'S FIRST ARTIFICIAL TEST TUBE HAMBURGER, TRUE, SAID THAT, "IT LOOKS, FEELS AND HOPEFULLY TASTES LIKE MEAT." THAT'S WHAT HE SAID. HE WAS IMMEDIATELY SUED BY ARBY'S FOR STEALING THEIR SLOGAN. WOULD YOU TRY A TEST TUBE HAMBURGER? ANDY: NO, I WOULD NOT. CONAN: I WOULD. I WOULD. ANDY: ALL RIGHT. CONAN: I WOULD. ANDY: THAT'S THE ONLY WAY WE DIFFER. [LAUGHTER] CONAN: EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT US IS EXACTLY THE SAME. I WOULD TRY A TEST TUBE HAMBURGER. IF IT WAS 4:00 A.M. AND THERE WAS NO FOOD IN THE HOUSE AND I COULD MAKE A HAMBURGER WITH A TEST TUBE, I WOULD DO IT. ANDY: YOU DIDN'T FRAME IT LIKE THAT.