Conan O'Brien live tour announced
Ex-'Tonight' host will perform in 30 cities beginning April 12
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*
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*
April 29: San Diego
San Diego Civic Theatre
April 30: Phoenix
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.
May 13: Dallas
McFarlin Memorial Auditorium-SMU Campus
May 14: Austin
Austin Music Hall
May 15: Tulsa
May 16: Kansas City, Mo.
May 18: Minneapolis
May 19-20: Chicago*
May 22: Toronto
May 30: Atlantic City
Borgata Spa & Resort -- Event Center
June 1-2: New York*
Radio City Music Hall
June 4-5: Boston*
June 6: Uncasville, Conn.
Mohegan Sun Arena
June 7: Upper Darby, Pa.
June 8: Washington
June 11: Manchester, Tenn.
Bonaroo Music Festival
June 14: Atlanta
* Second date added
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