Conan's Nuts to You NBC! tour hits Washington June 8
Conan O'Brien will come to Washington's Constitution Hall on June 8 -- one of the very last stops on his two-month Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television/How to Improve Bargaining Position in Fox Late-Night Show Talks tour.
Not coincidentally, his "Tonight Show" sidekick Andy Richter, and members of his TV band are going with him on tour.
It's Team Coco's way of circumventing his exit deal with NBC, which precludes him from performing on TV for a set period of time.
News of the tour was first reported on the Web site The Wrap, complete with the traditional over-thought "funny" quotes from all parties involved that always seem to accompany these kinds of announcements:
"It was either a massive 30-city tour or start helping out around the house" O'Brien said. in a statement provided by his publicist.
"If we don't get Conan in front of an audience soon, there's gonna be real trouble," Jeff Ross, O'Brien's "Tonight" and "Late Night" producer, said.
Each tour stop will be "(a) night of music, comedy, hugging, and the occasional awkward silence," the tour promoters said.
Stop! Stop! I can't breathe!
But enough of the funny stuff. Coco knows when to get down to business:
"I'm headed to your town on a half-assed comedy & music tour," he tweeted Thursday morning. "Go to http://TeamCoco.com for tix. I repeat: It's half-assed."
O'Brien will hit at least 20 states and 30 cities between mid-April and mid-June.
Among the venues he is playing: the Gibson Ampitheater in Universal City -- Universal City being owned by NBC Universal, which owns NBC, which owns "The Tonight Show", from which Conan walked after network suits informed him they wanted to move the show to just after midnight.
He'll also play Radio City Music Hall, spitting distance from NBC's corporate HQ at 30 Rock.
According to The Wrap, Coco got pumped about the idea of touring when he performed "Free Bird" with Will Ferrell on his final night as host of "The Tonight Show." Pretty ironic, since Ferrell's the guy whose presence on Conan's "The Tonight Show" debut doomed Conan as show host.
Conan's camp is still talking to Fox about whether/how to launch a late night franchise on that network.
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