Conan O'Brien raved about Studio C when he featured them on his show Tuesday night, saying the group has managed to do something rare in the entertainment world—keep their comedy hilarious but clean.
"You do clean comedy and it's for families in an era when maybe that might not be as popular. But I've noticed, as a former sketch writer myself, the sketches are very well constructed," he said. "It's good comedy and I like that my kids like it. . . . They're often very clever."
When asked how they manage to create such witty and clean content all the time, Matt Meese joked that Studio C keeps a staunch Irish Catholic grandmother backstage to edit their humor. Of course, their fans know Studio C's clean sense of humor stems from their values as Latter-day Saints.
"My daughter . . . and son, all of their friends love Studio C and know the sketches by heart," Conan continues. To illustrate, he told about an encounter he had meeting Studio C in real life.
Just ran into some of the talented people from the sketch show #StudioC. They have brought a ton of laughter to my house. @studioctv A photo posted by CONAN (@teamcoco) on Aug 18, 2016 at 10:04pm PDT
"When my kids saw you, they started screaming, I didn't know what had happened. I literally thought there was a rat in the restaurant. They jumped up, they don't react this way to anyone, and they started screaming."
But Stacey Harkey and Matt Meese admitted that Conan's kids' reactions were not out of the ordinary, noting they get approached by fans in the strangest of places."
"I got hugged in a haunted house once— that was frightening," Matt Meese said. Stacey Harkey told a story about when his friend witnessed a man mistake another black man at BYU for him and scream "Stacey" for three minutes straight. Meese told another story of when Jason Grey's wife was in labor and a nurse asked if she could get a picture with him.
Soon talk turned to Scott Stirling, Studio C's most successful sketch of all time.
With over 50 million views, there's no doubt the sketch has become something of a legend, but one that came with considerable pain, as Matt Meese described to Conan what it was like being hit in the face with a soccer ball repeatedly.
It's nice to see that clean comedy still has an impact and that Conan O'Brien and other people in the entertainment industry are paying attention to the values behind all of Studio C's work.