SEATTLE – When Conan O'Brien makes his return to late night on Monday, his first guest will be from Washington state. Arlene Wagner, curator of the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, confirms that she will be on the show.
On Conan's "Team Coco" website, O'Brien had conducted a poll asking fans who his first guest should be.
Many of the choices were pretty much unattainable. At one point the leading vote-getter was Jack Nicholson, who hasn't done a talk show since Richard Nixon was president. Other options were Pope Benedict XVI, Russian President Vladimir Putin, 80s super group REO Speedwagon and the cast of the 2004 live-action film "Fat Albert."
Wagner, 85, said she had no idea how she got on the list of otherwise internationally recognized names.
"They just called us out of the blue," she said.
In a tweet last month, O'Brien wrote "If the Nutcracker lady wins, I'm in trouble."
"Why would he be in trouble?" she responded. "I think I should do just fine on his show."
Wagner said she would love to be able to give Conan an Irish nutcracker from her collection of more than 6,000 pieces dating back to the 16th century.
"Many people think nutcrackers are just for Christmas but they're not," she said.
Conan's new show debuts Monday on TBS.