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Just for Laughs Chicago Wrap-up – Day Two

John Mulaney drops in for the second Drinking Buddies showWith more than seventeen venues over five days boasting one hundred performers, TBS Presents a “Very Funny” Festival: Just for Laughs was a veritable comedy whirlwind across the city of Chicago last week. Due to the sheer impossibility of hitting everything (or even close to everything), I decided to focus on the local stand-up showcases and see Chicago performers within the visiting energy of the festival.

After the opening festivities Tuesday, the plan for Wednesday was to visit with TJ Miller and the rest of the Drinking Buddies (Mike Bridenstine, James Fritz, and Kyle Kinane), at the Lincoln Lodge. Earlier in the day on Wednesday, a missive went out to announce a last minute warm-up “secret show” of Team Coco Presents the Conan Writers Live, to take place before Drinking Buddies at the Lodge. Being that the regular show of the writers was to be at a massive venue downtown the next evening, this was an exciting treat for those of us privy to the event. Unfortunately, there was no Andy Richter to be found in the house, but the incomparable Reggie Watts treated the audience to a much-too-short musical interlude, and Never Not Funny’s Jimmy Pardo kept the audience delighted throughout the evening as host (and even got a few cracks in on local comedy personality Fuzzy Gerdes, to the delight of those of us that know Fuzzy and his role here in the Chicago scene).

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Conan O'Brien Live - Team Coco Tour Dates

Conan O'Brien announced on Twitter today that he's hitting the road for a 30-city tour.  Tickets are going crazy fast but 2nd shows are being added in most major metropolises.  Fire up the RV, he's even emcee-ing stages at Bonnaroo! Check or @conanobrien for up to the minute details.

Conan O'Brien Prohibited Tour Dates

April 12 - Eugene, OR - TICKETS
April 13 - Vancouver, BC - TICKETS
April 16 - Spokane, WA - TICKETS
April 17 - Enoch, AB - TICKETS
April 18 - Seattle, WA - TICKETS
April 22 - San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Center - TICKETS
April 23 - San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Center - TICKETS
April 24 - Universal City, CA - TICKETS
April 29 - San Diego, CA - TICKETS
April 30 - Phoenix, AZ - TICKETS
May 1 - Las Vegas, NV - TICKETS
May 4 - Reno, NV - TICKETS
May 5 - San Jose, CA - TICKETS
May 6 - Sacramento, CA - TICKETS
May 9 - Boulder, CO - TICKETS
May 13 - Dallas, TX - TICKETS
May 14 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall - TICKETS
May 15 - Tulsa, OK - TICKETS
May 16 - Kansas City, MO - TICKETS
May 18 - Minneapolis, MN - TICKETS
May 19 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre - TICKETS
May 20 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre - TICKETS
May 22 - Toronto, ON - TICKETS
May 30 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata - TICKETS
June 1 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall - TICKETS
June 2 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall - TICKETS
June 4 - Boston, MA - Wang Theater - TICKETS
June 6 - Uncasville, CT - TICKETS
June 7 - Upper Darby, PA - TICKETS
June 8 - Washington, DC - Constitution Hall - TICKETS
June 11 - Manchester, TN - Bonaroo Music Festival - TICKETS
June 14 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre - TICKETS


Becoming Queen; or, the Survival of a Late Night Talk Show Ticket Line

...From this point on, no one bothered to learn anybody’s names… we referred to each other as numbers all night. Even now I don’t think anyone knows who I really am - I’m #10 to all of them. Or, to #24 I am “The Timekeeper”. #24 was a guy who fell very much into the “fan fan” category of people… he came out to be in line with only a hoodie on and a handful of trashbags that he wore over it. No chair, no umbrella, no friends. As soon as I had finished numbering hands and given the sharpie away, he ran up to me and thanked me for devising “The Number System”.

“No problem! It’s not really a system though.”

“No, it is a system. You just established order on all of these people. And I am going to enforce it.”

Yep. That happened. If I was the Queen, I guess I had a General. The Enforcer AKA #24 AKA Jack Bauer… didn’t dude know we were going to see an NBC show? Crazy part is, within half an hour, he had A DEPUTY policing underneath him - #17. He wore a trashbag too. Uniforms. I felt like Piggy and that blue sharpie was my conch. Only difference, no one was going to borrow MY glasses to make fire.

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Leno is the New Hitler

Jay Leno, uncontent with stealing Conan O'Brien's show, is now stealing advice given to Conan O'Brien and getting all up in Oprah's warm, hefty bosom. He's going to need it in order to shake off the new Hitler comparisons leveled at him in today's WSJ:
Jay Leno, much like Adolf Hitler, is a master of making secret demands for foreign territory and then acting like the wronged party. First he pretended that he wanted to annex only the first half-hour of Mr. O'Brien's "Tonight Show." Here he was mimicking Hitler, who insisted that he merely wanted to annex the German-speaking Sudetenland, not all of Czechoslovakia.

The Last Shot of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

Conan signs off - The final shot of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien | 1.22.10

Conan playing the Free Bird guitar solo


Bill Hicks Has Something to Say Re: Jay Leno


Pardon NBC's Dust: Leno-vations In Progress

News of NBC's juiced up order for pilots yesterday had TONGUES WAGGING IN A RETARDED MANNER over the fate of The Jay Leno Show. But no one expected the bomb TMZ just dropped:

We've learned Jay's 10:00 PM show will go on hiatus February 1. After the Olympics, Jay will take back his 11:30 PM time slot. What has not been decided -- whether Jay's show will be a half hour, followed by Conan, or whether Jay's show will be an hour and NBC says sayonara to Mr. O'Brien.

TMZ's not always right though. Except when it is! Bill Carter at the NY Times raced to file this follow up:

NBC executives held discussions with both Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien Thursday about the future of the network’s late-night lineup. And while executives said that no final decision has been made, they did not deny that the network is considering moves that could include returning Mr. Leno to his old job as host of The Tonight Show.



Is Jay Leno really coming back to NBC at 11:30??

Will Conan switch networks if he does??

Shouldn't Conan move back to New York??

What happens to ratings-starved Late Night with Jimmy Fallon??

How will Lorne Michaels' influence factor into all this??

Shouldn't Kimmel be concerned too because ABC tried to offer his job to Leno?

What is the appeal of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson??

Who is Steve Agee's friend??

If Jeff Zucker could see all the #keepconan and #dumpleno hashtags on Twitter, wouldn't he change his mind??