Inside Conan's Comedy Tour

O'Brien gets standing ovation at first show
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2010 9:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – Conan O’Brien’s long-awaited comedy tour kicked off last night to much cheering. Get in on the jokes:

  • The show, which opened in Eugene, Ore., caters to old-school Late Night fans, the “I’m With Coco” artist tells PopEater. Along with former Tonight Show band members and Andy Richter, familiar characters included Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and the Self-Pleasuring Panda (NBC lawyers note—it’s not the Masturbating Bear!).
  • “This is the first time anyone has paid to see me. They've paid me to go away,” said O'Brien, who directed several digs at NBC, the AP reports. Among others: a film in which he played a bald “generic network executive” (Jeff Zucker, anyone?), and a modified version of “I Will Survive.”

  • O’Brien’s stages of grief, courtesy of E!: “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!”
  • Guests included Spoon and 30 Rock’s Kenneth the page. More celebs are expected.
  • Souvenirs will run you anywhere from $5 for a keychain to $65 for a hoodie, the New York Times reports.

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