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By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
December 30, 2010

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Joe Piccirillo is serious about comedy — so serious that he’s temporarily ditching his day job and roadtripping to LA to see if he can score a job with Conan O’Brien. Next week Piccirillo (right) and pal Pete Jackson are loading up a Nissan Sentra and heading west. Their plan is to perform in clubs and colleges on the way, and post videos of their experiences on their website ConanOrBust.com. “I’m not getting dressed up in a costume or anything,’’ says Piccirillo, who lives in Somerville. “I just want a job on Conan’s show.’’ If the scheme sounds a little nutty, it is, but Piccirillo thinks it’s worth a shot. He’s already tried the more traditional approach — sending letters and writing packets to Conan’s producers — and gotten nowhere. “If someone says no, well, I gave it a shot,’’ he says. Yes, Piccirillo has told his employer, and his bosses are on board. And in case you’re wondering, he doesn’t have anyone waiting at home. Piccirillo says he broke up with his fiancee when she gave him an ultimatum. “She told me to give up comedy and go to law school,’’ he said. With any luck, he’ll have the last laugh.