updated 04/13/2014 AT 10:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/13/2014 AT 10:40 PM ET
Conan O’Brien has, by our count, delivered hundreds of thousands of monologues over the course of his career, so Sunday night’s opening routine at the MTV Movie Awards was old hat for him. Still, though, we couldn’t help but grin at O’Brien’s obvious delight to be performing in front of an audience a couple times larger than his usual late-night crowd.
The highlights of Conan’s monologue, below:
The celebrity cameo quest
Slamming the set design
Conan made his triumphant entrance Sunday night on a fiery stage that was slightly more hellish than the one on his normal show, and he couldn’t help but make fun of it. “Welcome to the Satanic Cult Awards, ladies and gentleman!” he joked. “All hail the Dark Lord!”
After ruling the red carpet, Grumpy Cat took a place of honor in the front row, where she promptly fell asleep. Conan saw yet another opportunity to indulge in some of his trademark self-deprecation: “I’ve been in show business for 20 years, this is the first time I’ve performed for a cat.”
Who’s got the attention span to sit through a three-hour movie? Not Conan. To help out MTV’s ADD audience, the host introduced a series of six-second summaries of the nominated films. Conan’s a better film critic than he knew – it was meant as a bit, but these brief Vine summaries actually do a pretty great job of reflecting the style of their respective films!
The big finish
Though he’s been in front of the camera for decades, Conan still likes to joke that he’s more of a writer than performer. But as anyone who caught his live concert tour a few years back knows, the man’s got some pipes. O’Brien assured fans he wouldn’t try to close his monologue with a show-stopping musical number – a point he cared about so strongly he could only deliver one way: In a showstopping musical number, with Adam Devine and a gospel choir. Watch the performance and the rest of the monologue below:
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