Gary Susman
May 09, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Next Thursday’s episode of ”Late Night With Conan O’Brien” will look a little different from the usual talk-show rerun. Yes, it’s a rebroadcast of an episode from last October, but all the people in it have been replaced by claymation figurines, the New York Post reports. You’ll see a little clay Conan interview a clay Johnny Knoxville, David Bowie, and Richard Lewis, as well as perform an ”In the Year 2000” routine with a clay Mr. T.

O’Brien announced the special episode during Wednesday’s broadcast, showing the audience a photo of the clay Conan, its mouth frozen in an ”O,” like ”Saturday Night Live”’s old Mr. Bill whenever he realized he was about to be crushed by a heavy object. Fortunately, no one gets smushed on this show, which took six months to animate.

”We kind of liked the idea of going to all this trouble just for a typical rerun of the show,” head writer Mike Sweeney told the Post. ”It’s just a new way to look at the same images, the same things that are on over and over every night for 1,700 shows. So it’s a nice change of pace.”

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