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Conan O’Brien’s Next Move

A tour, titled: “The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour.”

And in his hiatus, O’Brien is already proving to be funnier than Leno and Letterman. This Twitter stunt, for example:

Los Angeles, CA, United States (CNS) – Conan O’Brien has given a complete stranger instant fame just by following her on Twitter. Since the ousted “Tonight Show” host started following her on the social networking site, 19-year-old student Sarah Killen’s life has been turned upside down.

When Coco left the NBC late night show last month, he was barred from appearing on TV for several months. But the red-haired funnyman wouldn’t be deterred from interacting with his fans, with Twitter as his first attempt at reaching out.

And although unlikely for a celebrity to follow a stranger, O’Brien decided to do just that. With over 600,000 followers, the unemployed star decided to follow just one random person.

He wrote, “I’ve decided to follow someone at random. She likes peanut butter and gummy dinosaurs. Sarah Killen, your life is about to change.”

And boy did it change! The Michigan-native’s followers jumped from a mere 3 to a whopping 20,000 in just one week. She has also been inundated with media interview requests and gifts from companies.

Killen told MTV that when she was having a hard time with her camera, someone from HornBlasters offered to buy her a webcam. She is now using a new Apple iMac from him. One company also offered to donate a ring for her and her fiancé and a designer wants to make her wedding dress for her big day in September.

She insists that she is not asking for gifts, though. She even wants her newfound followers to donate to a charity instead.

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