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Conan O’Brien’s first live show earns solid reviews


Hours after news broke that deposed talk show host Conan O’Brien had found new bosses at TBS, he took the stage and went after his old bosses at NBC. Well, kind of.

“Lawyers are listening,” O’Brien reportedly told a Eugene, Ore., audience when he kicked-off his 32-city, “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on TV” tour Monday night. When that response elicited chuckles, O’Brien muttered, “I’m not kidding.”

The evening balanced nearly 90 minutes of stand-up comedy, as O’Brien was joined by Andy Richter, Reggie Watts, the band Spoon, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, the Masturbating Bear, and Jack McBrayer, who plays Kenneth the page on NBC’s “30 Rock.”

Referencing his TBS gig, O’Brien joked, “I’m sure some of you heard I got a new job. Starting tomorrow, I’m the new manager of the Eugene Banana Republic.”

Rolling Stone said O’Brien was “extremely funny” in his return to the spotlight. Entertainment Weekly called the live show “a veritable love-in for the man called Coco.”

The tour will be in Vancouver tonight, eventually making stops in Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago and New York. It concludes June 14, in Atlanta, Ga.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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