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Conan O'Brien -- Returning to the Stage

3/5/2010 1:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Conan O'Brien is coming back ... to the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix. Who needs "The Tonight Show"?

Conan O'Brien

Ticketmaster confirmed to TMZ they are in fact selling tickets to a Conan O'Brien stage show that goes down April 30. It's unclear what Conan will be doing exactly ... but tickets go on sale Monday March 8 at 10:00 MST.

Calls to the Dodge Theatre have not yet been returned and Conan's reps could not be reached for comment.

UPDATE: The listing on Ticketmaster has disappeared, but a rep at the box office for the Dodge Theatre said the event is supposed to go down. Stay tuned ...


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31.

Maxwell    

haha, this is funny. Everyone on here says Conan sucks because his ratings were low, well let's not forget Leno's were low when he had just started out his first time. If they had actually given him time, then I'm sure his ratings would have bounced back.
Oh, and I think it's actually Mr. Leno's humor that is quite horrible. His monologue is just boring joke after another, the type of jokes my grandpa tells. -yawns-

-MP

1692 days ago
32.

Mandy    

Awesome!!! When will he be coming to Canada? On top of being hilarious, Conan is a class act! Let Leno keep dumbing it down to the lowest common denominator. Conan plays to a hipper, more sophisticated palate, and unfortunately for his Tonight Show stint, that doesn't include most of the great unwashed who just don't get it.

1692 days ago
33.

David    

Hey Lloyd Carver,
At least Conan does SOMETHING!! All Jay does is corny jokes, doesn't take any chances, rips off material he incorporates into his show with no zest I might add, and is an absolute bore.

1692 days ago
34.

Jay    

Like anyone is going to go see this fool? See him do WHAT? He's a horrible comic, he was a WRITER behind the scenes, and THAT is where this joke should have stayed. Have NO idea why the fools at NBC gave him a late, late show all those years ago to begin with. Twenty years later they give him a payout of 40 million to get rid of him. He should be kissing the ground for his good luck. Hope he fades soon into the woodwork and is forgotten. What a talentless irritating person this man is; he'll never make it anywhere else. NBC was SO stupid messing with this talentless, un-funny guy all those years.

1692 days ago
35.

ConanFan    

Where where you morons Jay numbers where lower than Conan's. JAY'S show was the one that got canceled not Conan. WHY DID YOU NOT WATCH YOUR BELOVED JAY LENO!?

1692 days ago
36.

Al    

Who in their right mind would pay hard earned dollars to watch this idiot?

1692 days ago
37.

LuciG    

Yay! Conan live will be amazing-- I just hope he's in Chicago during school while I'm in the city, cuz he's very unlikely to come out to the Pacific Northwest...

As for all of you losers, if you don't care about this "hack" then why are you reading his press and following his upcoming plans? Just curious... it doesn't seem to make a great deal of sense. Also, no, this is not his "big comeback". He is contractually banned from appearing on tv until September (and from doing interviews, etc. until April), so he's planning on doing a tour in the meantime. The thing is, Conan is genuinely creative, original, and hilarious, so this show is sure to be well worth seeing. As far as no network wanting him, that simply isn't true. There hasn't been any definite word yet about where he'll land ultimately, but many sources have mentioned talks with Fox. Wherever he ends up, I can't wait to see what he does next.

1692 days ago
38.

JoJo4CoCo    

COCO TEAM; These trollies have crawled from the same cave as the chin. The world will always, sadly, have them lurking around. The unfortunate chin-style selfserving hatred stinks through every single word they write. People like these are a clear example of any sense of dignity and respect being run over by trashy greed, jealousy, ill will and lack of any form of intellect. These people are rude, illiterate, bitter, angry and contaminated with all corrupted qualities the chin posesses (as his only characteristics, in fact). This is why they are so drawn to him.

They know nothing of the facts. They know nothing of dignity nor integrity. It saddens me profoundly that these kinds of people excist, but it truly goes to show WE are standing beside something worth while. Trying to make a difference for the man, who showed us we all CAN make a difference by taking the risk of failure and walking away from his dream because he felt it was the RIGHT thing to do. For this I will forever stand up for him. And cannot wait untill the blessed day he returns to our tv screens and brings back the stellar comedy we all miss so dearly! At the same time we'll get the PURE PLEASURE of witnessing him proving these chin peeps WRONG.

COCO IS A REVOLUTION! COCO IS THE NEW 60's!! COCO HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE......BEYOND THE (very) LIMITED UNDERSTANDING OF THESE STRANGE & BITTER PEOPLE.

TEAM COCO! DON'T LET THIS SUPERFICIAL TATTLE GET TO YOU! WE ARE ABOVE THIS!!! xxxx LOVE TO ALL MY COCO HEROS IN THE COCOLAND! NOW LETS GO BACK AND LOVE OUR COCO !! WE ALL KNOW THE MAJORITY OF THE WORLD AGREES WITH US ANYWAY. COMECOME, LETS PACK OUR BAGS AND LEAVE THESE SNAKES RATTLING BY THEMSELVES..

1692 days ago
39.

Fast Earl    

Coco please go away!

1692 days ago
40.

urban    

Damnit, now I'm really going to have to change my balding tires to make that trip out to Phoenix. It's all good though!

TEAM COCO!!!!

1692 days ago
41.

Lillian    

Wow...just reading through the comments, I'm guessing that Zucker's interns must be having a slow day. Cheer up, guys - it's only a matter of time before Viacom sends Zucker to the unemployment line, and then you'll all be able to go work for some other soulless corporate hack who, I'm sure, will be able to keep you so busy that you won't have time to troll Conan O'Brien articles and groups.

Oh, and by the way: COCO FOREVER.

1692 days ago
42.

Jay    

Why is everyone saying that Conan was fired because he had low ratings? Sorry, but whoever says that obviously just talking crap and that automatically makes their opinion null and void because of their ignorance of the truth. It was LENO's show that got canned. BUT NBC knew that Leno had the older generation market and didn't want to lose that, even though Leno's material was not funny, unoriginal, and old. Leno's crowd is not getting any younger, but NBC still wants to milk every penny from the Chin's appeal to that market.

Conan left because he did want to destroy the time slot legacy of the The Tonight Show. He was not fired. He could of stayed but he had class and integrity to say no because he was essentially being screwed over, as well as The Tonight Show. Sure, it will only be a 30 minute push back, but that 30 minutes can make a HUGE difference in ratings, especially with a sucky lead in like Leno. And Conan did not want any part of it.

The first thing that Conan made sure was that NBC takes care of his staff. He loves his staff. I really doubt that Leno would do that. 60 of them packed up their life from NY to LA for this show.


Conan also love his fans. When we rallied in Los Angeles last month for him in the rain (which was also a benefit event for Haiti), he came out and ran with us and fed us pizza! He is notorious for being awesome to his fans. I can't say the same thing for Leno.

Conan is also a well-educated comedic genius. He graduated from Harvard, where he served as National Lampoon's president. He wrote for Mad magazine, Saturday Night Live, the golden years of the Simpsons, along with others. His comedy is smart and wacky. He credits classic comedy genres in his act. It's okay that some of you don't get it, but to say he's not funny at all makes you DEAD WRONG.

The real hacks from NBC and the Chin. So before you go and talk crap, know the facts. Just don't believe everything you hear. Conan >>>>>>>> Leno.

Conan wasn't a crybaby, he made jokes on his show poking at the situation (So did Leno, but no one is saying anything about that! I wonder why...). But if you watched his last show, the man couldn't be anymore classy. He left because he thought it was the right thing to do.

Go Team COCO!

1692 days ago
43.

eyeroll    

Looks like all those millions and millions of fans who beat down the studios door for tickets, couldn't get them and watched Conan's TS religiously, can now now sit in the audience. Only difference is they won't have those obnoxious TV cameras blocking their view.

If his 'road tour' takes off, it will be interesting to see how his ticket sales in cities match his TS numbers. Maybe he can give away tickets on twitter.

I have a feeling he won't be selling out venues any time soon.

'Classy' is the last word I'd describe his departure from the show. Just as 'funny' is the last word I'd use to describe Conan.

1692 days ago
44.

sarah    

So if the joint holds even a couple hundred people, and he fills all those seats; well then he'll have about the same size audience that he had on tv.
Wow! Now that's funny...

1692 days ago
45.

Wellington    

Conan fans repeat the same old bogus lines as always because the truth hurts. THEY didn't watch him. Jay was given even less time in his slot than Conan was. NBC had to appease the affiliates. Jay was making a profit for the network. Conan was losing money for the network.

It's telling that Conan fans have such a simplistic, naive view of what happened. They obviously don't understand business. If they are that unsophisticated something tells me that they don't really get his humor except for the dumb down things like the Masturbating Bear and the string dance. Anyone with an I.Q. of 70 gets those. Pray tell, please give examples of Conan's "genius" if you can. BTW according to Twitter, he has 14 writers propping up his so-called "genius". I guess they don't count.

1692 days ago
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