Samantha Highfill
February 26, 2013 AT 04:58 PM EST

Some might think that Ben McKenzie left The OC behind when he swapped his wife beater and fists of fury for a police uniform and a gun. But believe it or not, McKenzie’s small-screen career choices have one little thing in common: prison.

Last night, McKenzie told Conan the story of a surprising fan encounter. While shooting season 1 of the cop drama Southland, McKenzie was on location when a real-life (presumably ex) gang member told him that he liked his work. Apparently, on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. in the joint, the cell blocks all sang the same tune: “California, California, here we cooommeee.”

The lesson here: Even convicts couldn’t resist the charm of the Cohen family. Watch below:

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