Conan O’Brien Rents Out His Studio On Airbnb For $1
Late-night host Conan O’Brien has put his own television studio up rent, using the popular but troubled “marketplace for spaces,” Airbnb. From the posting itself, we learn about the space’s unique features:
Sleeping accommodations include a celebrity-rubbed sleeper sofa and additional air mattress (needs repair). Linens provided, but recommend bringing your own for undisclosed reasons. Great for families (children 16+) looking to relax in over 25,000 square feet of musty warehouse space. Includes use of 40 ton industrial air conditioning system, 25 LCD television monitors (no HBO), and fully stocked kitchenette with intern. Shower must be shared with house band. Free Wi-Fi.
The listing makes clear, no surprise, that this is going to become a sketch on the show and guests “MUST be okay with being filmed.” It’s not first-come-first-served, so get in touch with Team Coco now and tell them why you deserve to sleep on Andy Richter‘s spot on the guest couch.
Airbnb has had a difficult year, and could use the good publicity. The site, which lets anyone list their home for rental for days, weeks, or even months at a time, had a cult following but lacked major investors. Just days after announcing that they had raise $112 million in funding, the company was hit with a scandal that exposed one of the major risks of strangers inviting other strangers into their homes: a San Francisco blogger known only as EJ wrote that her apartment had been ruined and most of possessions had been stolen by a guest found through Airbnb.
The story was picked up by national media and went viral. The company badly bungled the episode, allegedly ignoring EJ and asking her to remove her post so it wouldn’t hurt their image. Finally, they issued a complete and utter apology, and announced new security and “trust” services, including $50,000 of insurance for hosts.
It’s still a good idea to take common sense precautions, and guard your valuables carefully. I hear Jimmy Vivino has sticky fingers.