Conan O’Brien launched his Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television comedy tour Monday night in Oregon. During his debut performance, Conan O’Brien mocked his former NBC bosses – though never by name – and joked about his new late night show on TBS.
“I’m sure some of you heard I got a new job starting tomorrow,” Conan O’Brien told the crowd in Eugene, Oregon. “I’m the new manager of the Eugene Banana Republic.”
While O’Brien refrained from mentioning his former network by name, he did blatantly make fun of NBC during his time on the stage. “I’m not allowed to say the word ‘peacock,'” O’Brien joked, “but I can say the words ‘pea’ and ‘cock.'” (Check out a list of the remaining tour dates here.)
The former Tonight Show host listed the “eight stages of grief after losing your talk show” for the audience: “denial; blame myself; blame everyone else around me; anger; paranoia, 36 hours of Red Bull and Halo; buy everything Amazon says I would also like… I bought a Team Edward thong!; and get your ass to Eugene, Oregon!”
Reviews of the first show in the Conan O’Brien tour have been overwhelmingly positive in general. Rolling Stone called the performance “extremely funny” and the Hollywood Reporter said the show was “consistently amusing.” Fans who attended the show were all over Twitter posting rave reviews of Conan’s return to the stand-up stage.
O’Brien heads off next to Vancouver, British Columbia before returning to the U.S. on April 16 for a stop in Spokane, Washington. Tickets to most of the remaining shows – including Vancouver and Spokane – are still available but may not be for long.
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