Tom Hanks, Whale Expert, on 'Conan' (VIDEO)

Tom Hanks, Whale Expert, on 'Conan'

Conan O'Brien has a new talk show, a new studio -- and a new backdrop behind his desk. Tonight, friend-of-the-show Tom Hanks appeared for the second-ever episode of 'Conan' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS). And Mr. Hanks learned to his wet sorrow that Conan's new backdrop has extra-magical powers.

Hanks and Conan are good pals -- in fact, Tom gave O'Brien the nickname "Coco." But apparently the host isn't a big fan of the moniker. Conan quipped to Mr. Hanks that the whole "Coco" thing had "ruined" his life. The guest made this joke in response: "Finally, he'll blame something on someone other than Jay [Leno]!"

But a little later on, Conan had his revenge. While showing off his new backdrop, O'Brien pointed out that humpback whales were suddenly swimming in the "ocean" behind them. It was true; thanks to the magic of "blue screen" technology, miniature whales had appeared.

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