It was the role Conan went to Harvard to learn to play.

Conan O'Brien could probably be in a movie a year appearing as himself if he wanted, but like all true artists he wants to really act. That's why, for his debut movie role, he's decided to lend his face, voice, and performance skills (honed over years of sitting at tables with other shy, pasty writers) to Sharktopus vs Pteracuda, the latest installment in the Syfy network's Sharktopus series (not to be confused with their Sharknado franchise). Here is Conan explaining his decision and showing the trailer for the film: