Conan O'Brien tour coming, but will he return to TV?
The Conan O'Brien tour, 'Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television,' will hit 30 cities while the comedian is contractually bound to stay away from TV.
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O'Brien will begin his “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television" Tour April 12 in Eugene, Oregon, working his way across the United States and Canada over the course of two months. Tickets for the shows are selling so fast that more dates have already been added and sold out.Skip to next paragraph
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He, sidekick Andy Richter, and members of his former "Tonight Show" band will offer up "a night of music, comedy, hugging, and the occasional awkward silence," promoters promise. Absent will be longtime O'Brien bandleader Max Weinberg.
The musical chairs fiasco with Jay Leno in the past year is likely to be a comedy topic seized on by O’Brien, as quips from Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon about the subject raised ratings significantly for all of late-night TV.
The website TMZ has reported that O’Brien won’t make a cent off the tour – that he is doing it to employ his former staff among the 40 who will work on the production.
"What’s cool about this is that he’s taking his comedy to the heartland," says Alan Cross, a former writer for "Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update. "You can go see other famous comics in Vegas and Los Angeles and New York, but O’Brien is making America laugh in places like Tulsa.”
“He's obsessed with the absurd and loves a big production, shares the stage with guest talent very well, and is amazing at adapting to the unexpected," he says. "Why didn't Ted Koppel do this?”