Bengt Washburn performed on Conan last night. But a few years ago, Washburn’s comedy career was on hold.

With a wife in the Air Force, the 2001 winner of the San Francisco Comedy Competition left comedy and American gigs behind to join her in Germany when the military transferred her to a base there for a few years. He’s back in the States now. Did Washburn learn German? Sort of. Let him explain it.

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