Conan O'Brien live tour announced


Conan and the gang are hitting the road.

After weeks of speculation, former "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien announced Thursday that he will headline a two-month, 30-city tour that will kick off April 12.

The tour is titled "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television," after a clause in O'Brien's exit contract with NBC that doesn't allow him to appear on TV until September.

In keeping with O'Brien's knack for unorthodox choices, recently showcased in his decision to pick a random Michigan woman as the only person he would follow on Twitter, O'Brien will launch the tour not in Los Angeles or New York but in Eugene, Ore.

He will visit theaters in at least 20 states and two Canadian provinces. The itinerary is a mix of big cities and college towns like Eugene.  

On the road, O'Brien will be joined by longtime sidekick Andy Richter and the former "Tonight Show" band.

"It was either a massive 30-city tour or start helping out around the house" said O'Brien, who has been sharing experiences from his post-"Tonight" life at home through his recently launched Twitter account.

He used Twitter to announce the tour Thursday morning.


 
"Hey Internet: I'm headed to your town on a half-assed comedy & music tour," he wrote, sending followers to TeamCoco.com for tickets.

He quickly sent a second message noting that TeamCoco.com had been jammed with too much traffic and later announced that the tour will be adding a second show in both New York -- where he will take over Radio City Music Hall, part of the Rockefeller Center that houses NBC and his former "Late Night" stage -- and Chicago.

"I'll be doing all Liza Minnelli songs," he wrote.

In Los Angeles, he will perform at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, near the stage built for his "Tonight Show" stint, which lasted for eight months before O'Brien opted to leave instead of moving "Tonight" from 11:30 p.m. to midnight to accommodate a Jay Leno-fronted late-night talk show.

American Express is sponsoring the tour, and ticket prices start at $39.50.

"It promises to be a night of music, comedy, hugging and the occasional awkward silence," the organizers said.

The tour dates follow:

April 12: Eugene, Ore.
Hult Center For the Performing Arts

April 13-14: Vancouver*
Orpheum Theatre

April 16: Spokane, Wash.
INB Performing Arts Center

April 17: Enoch, Alberta
River Cree Resort & Casino

April 18-19: Seattle*
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

April 22-23: San Francisco*
Nob Hill Masonic Center

April 24-25: Universal City*
Gibson Amphitheater

April 29: San Diego
San Diego Civic Theatre

April 30: Phoenix
Dodge Theatre

May 1: Las Vegas
The Pearl Concert Theatre -- Palms Casino

May 4: Reno
Grand Sierra Resort & Casino -- Grand Theatre

May 5: San Jose
San Jose State University Events Center

May 6: Sacramento
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

May 9: Boulder, Colo.
Mackey Auditorium

May 13: Dallas
McFarlin Memorial Auditorium-SMU Campus

May 14: Austin
Austin Music Hall

May 15: Tulsa
Brady Theater

May 16: Kansas City, Mo.
Midland Theatre

May 18: Minneapolis
Orpheum Theatre

May 19-20: Chicago*
Chicago Theatre

May 22: Toronto
Massey Hall

May 30: Atlantic City
Borgata Spa & Resort -- Event Center

June 1-2: New York*
Radio City Music Hall

June 4-5: Boston*
Wang Theater

June 6: Uncasville, Conn.
Mohegan Sun Arena

June 7: Upper Darby, Pa.
Tower Theatre

June 8: Washington
Constitution Hall

June 11: Manchester, Tenn.
Bonaroo Music Festival

June 14: Atlanta
Fox Theatre

* Second date added
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