About (Late) Last Night: ‘Conan’ spoofs Tyler Perry

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In barely six years in the spotlight, Tyler Perry has become a ubiquitous presence in American pop culture. He’s produced and/or directed a dozen movies, written a bestselling book and developed the hit sitcoms ‘Tyler Perry’s House of Payne’ and ‘Meet the Browns.’

So when the multi-hyphenate media mogul stopped by ‘Conan’ on Wednesday night to plug his latest movie, the awkwardly titled ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family,’ O’Brien seized the opportunity to poke a little fun at the prolific (and heavy-handed) filmmaker.

‘The most powerful person at this network by far is Tyler Perry,’ O’Brien declared. ‘I mean, that guy can do whatever he wants on this channel, whenever he wants.... When he heard that we were launching this show, he decided to launch a new Tyler Perry program within our show, right here in our audience.’

The spoof sitcom ‘Tyler Perry’s Row 11,’ which first debuted back in December, follows the Hubbards, a hard-working African American family stuck -- quite literally -- in the 11th row of O’Brien’s studio audience. In the latest installment, the Hubbards face eviction after Dad takes out a risky sub-prime mortgage in order to pay for an above-ground pool. That is, until a hero intervenes....


To find out what happens, watch the clip above -- just have your hankies at the ready.

-- Meredith Blake