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An American comedian told Conan O'Brien about his depressing trip to Ireland, and it was too real

“You are always thirty seconds away from the saddest conversation you’ve ever had.” *gulp*

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CHRIS GETHARD IS a very funny stand-up comedian, who you may recognise from shows like Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer.

The New Jersey native has Irish blood and visited the old sod last year  (He also played a series of shows at the Vodafone Comedy Festival in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens last July.)

Gethard recounted his holiday to Ireland on last night’s episode of Conan and described Ireland like so:

I don’t know if you found the same thing. I feel like Ireland is, like, the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen, kindest people I’ve ever met and you are always thirty seconds away from the saddest conversation you’ve ever had.

Whatever could you possibly mean, Chris?

During his trip, he visited his grandfather’s ancestral village and got talking to a local man. Gethard asked him, “Do you remember any happy memories involving my family?”

The response?

He said, ‘I do remember once your great uncle saved a simpleton from drowning in a pond.’”

Ah yes. Warm Irish memories.

He later phoned his mother to ask what memories, if any, his grandfather had of the village. She told him that he had a particular fondness for a bridge in the area.

Him and the other Catholic boys used to meet there and fistfight the Protestants on that bridge.


What an ad for Ireland, eh?

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