NEW YORK (AP) – Here’s the dirt on Conan O’Brien: His show has been remodeled in clay.

In the grand tradition of “Celebrity Deathmatch” and “Wallace and Gromit,” NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” has been transformed into clay animation for an episode that will air Thursday night.

“This may be the best show we’ve ever done,” O’Brien declared Friday – “in clay.”

The episode, in production for months, is a clay recreation of a “Late Night” hour that aired in its original, live-action version last October – including the show’s opening, monologue and even lead-ins to commercials.

Guests on the episode (which airs Friday at 12:35 a.m. EDT) are “Jackass” star Johnny Knoxville, comedian Richard Lewis and musical guest David Bowie. In addition, Mr. T appears in a sketch.

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