Penner has found a temporary home on the Conan O'Brien show on TBS, and made his first appearance on Friday.
"I was just going through the everyday motions of being an intern," Penner told the Winnipeg Sun. "Sweeping the floor, filling the printer tray with paper -- and letting out my aggression on the other interns.
"I'm trying to bully my way to the top of the food chain at TBS."
Penner, 30, has a knack for comedy and seems to have found the perfect escape from the daily headlines that surround the lockout.
"I called my agent, who used to work in Hollywood, and asked if he could find me something to do," Penner said. "I don't want to get paid. I'm not looking for a real job. Just something fun, a life experience thing that I can look back at."
Penner, like everyone, wants the lockout to end and he wants to get back to playing for the Kings, after the club won its first championship this past summer.
"Everybody's pretty bummed out," he said. "It's especially tough for the Kings, because the momentum we got from winning the Cup we wanted to carry into the season.
"(The lockout) makes no sense from a business standpoint ... with the upward trend of the game. We're ticking off a lot of people. It seems the owners are indifferent to that."