Comedian Conan O’Brien may have lost his coveted spot as host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC, but the funnyman still hopes to perform for audiences across North America. Skirting a clause in his parting agreement with the network that keeps him off television until after September 1, O’Brien has confirmed a 30-city spring tour that will keep him on the road from April through June.
The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour launches April 12 at Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, OR, and concludes with a June 14 event at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA. One major stop for O’Brien is a June 11 slot on the comedy line-up for this year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN.
The itinerary also includes two-night stands on April 13-14 at Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, BC; May 19-20 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL; and June 1-2 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY. Second nights were added in those cities and four others (Seattle, San Francisco, Universal City, and Boston) due to high demand.
O’Brien announced the additional event dates via his official Twitter account, joking that he would “be doing all Liza Minelli songs” for the second dates in New York and Chicago, and that the second Boston date was added so his parents and one of his brothers could attend.
In a later tweet, O’Brien noted, “Good news: Just added second shows in San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, and LA. Bad news: Still no show in Guam.”
The tour was officially announced today, March 11, after much speculation and increasing hype about a potential tour. Public ticket onsales also began today, and more information is available on the official Team Coco Web site.
Several media outlets tracked the sudden appearance and disappearance of Conan O’Brien tickets on Ticketmaster.com over the past week, all while spokespeople for the ticketing giant denied knowledge of any tour. However, O’Brien’s representatives remained coy in their responses to press. When asked by a Movieline reporter, publicist Beau Benton replied, “It’s too premature to comment on anything at this point. There will be an announcement this week.”
Fans on the official “I’m With Coco” Facebook page are reporting that many dates for the tour are already sold out, or that tickets for select dates are now only available for cardholders of sponsor American Express.
Since O’Brien was ousted from his short-lived stint as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” earlier this year, fans have rallied under the “Team Coco” banner to show their support for the comedian. In a nod to that support, the tour has used the various official sites and profiles for Team Coco to announce planned dates.
Conan O’Brien itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|April 12||Eugene, OR||Hult Center For the Performing Arts|
|April 13 – 14||Vancouver, BC||Orpheum Theatre|
|April 16||Spokane, WA||INB Performing Arts Center|
|April 17||Enoch, AB||River Cree Resort & Casino|
|April 18 – 19||Seattle, WA||Marion Oliver McCaw Hall|
|April 22 – 23||San Francisco, CA||Nob Hill Masonic Center|
|April 24 – 25||Universal City, CA||Gibson Amphitheater|
|April 29||San Diego, CA||San Diego Civic Theatre|
|April 30||Phoenix, AZ||Dodge Theatre|
|May 1||Las Vegas, NV||The Pearl Concert Theatre|
|May 4||Reno, NV||Grand Sierra Resort & Casino|
|May 5||San Jose, CA||San Jose State University Events Center|
|May 6||Sacramento, CA||Memorial Auditorium|
|May 9||Boulder, CO||Macky Auditorium|
|May 10||Denver, CO||Ellie Caulkins Opera House|
|May 13||Dallas, TX||McFarlin Memorial Auditorium|
|May 14||Austin, TX||Austin Music Hall|
|May 15||Tulsa, OK||Brady Theater|
|May 16||Kansas City, MO||Midland Theatre|
|May 18||Minneapolis, MN||Orpheum Theatre|
|May 19 – 20||Chicago, IL||Chicago Theatre|
|May 22||Toronto, ON||Massey Hall|
|May 30||Atlantic City, NJ||Borgata Event Center|
|June 1 – 2||New York, NY||Radio City Music Hall|
|June 4 – 5||Boston, MA||Wang Theater|
|June 6||Uncasville, CT||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|June 7||Upper Darby, PA||Tower Theatre|
|June 8||Washington, DC||Constitution Hall|
|June 11||Manchester, TN||Bonnaroo Music Festival|
|June 14||Atlanta, GA||Fox Theatre|