March 12th, 2010
12:29 PM ET

Conan O'Brien's tour employs former 'Tonight Show' crew

Conan O'Brien tweeted yesterday that he's taking his act on the road with the "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television" tour.

Tickets for the 32-city tour are selling out around the country, with the option to include pricey add-ons like "Meet and Greet" packages, which can cost in the neighborhood of $600.

Although O'Brien is currently out of a job as a late-night TV host, TMZ is reporting that proceeds from the show won't be added to his bank account. O'Brien's tour, which wraps in Atlanta in June, is going to keep his former "Tonight Show" crew gainfully employed until his next on-air gig. As a source close to O'Brien told CNN: He's clearly not doing this for the money.


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  1. Martinf1

    Well done good sir. good to know im not a fan of a douche. i'd like to see leno, or any other host this side of oprah do this.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Conan Rules

    Conan has always been the best. I have watched him from day one and he has made the world a better (funnier) place. He actually pulled me out of my funk when his show finally aired after 9/11. This is just another reason why he is the best. Hurry up and get back on the air Conan.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Vivian

    That's a really wonderful thing for him to do for his crew. Obviously, just because he got a big payoff, they did not. Good way for him to stay in front of his audience until his next gig as well. It sounds like they have a great team attitude there.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whang

      I doubt you'll have the guts to publish this, but what the heck, eh?, I'll sscneerhot it anyway There is nothing classy about a leader of an elected council secretly arranging a $650,000 loan to his best friend and making sure 57 other elected councillors can't interfere with the deal'. Incidentally, the deal' hasn't worked out, (no surprise there) and it looks like the money has all been spent. No surpise there either.I didn't know Bluh's Father was Jewish before I published the film, (mother isn't apparently), but I would have published it anyway. The film has always been about his political behaviour not whether he's Jewish or not.Being Jewish is not a mitigating defence for an elected council leader to act like a dictator, bend the rules and give tax payers money to his friends.Discuss

      March 15, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. CaboRick

    Attn: My O MY

    Conan's "staff" got $12mil that wasover and above what Conan walked away with! That should tide them over.......but wait....Conan is going to "rescue" them.....................hello!

    March 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CaboRick

    Conan wasn't funny at 12:30; he wasn't funny at 11:35 and he isn't funny now! It is ALL pr. Conan, take all your NBC $$ and play the laugh rooms!

    March 15, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. My O My

    Someone said "He's just trying to stay in the public eye"

    Well, duh, he is an entertainer. That would be his job! And this time he's working just to keep his staff out of the unemployment line. And yeah, he got $30 million from NBC, but he shared it with his staff! I know you haters think Leno is GOD, and want Conan to fail because we all want to see Leno fail. But the fact of the matter is, this is what he does best, and you, Leno, and NBC can't stop him from doing it. I bet he ends up on HBO.

    March 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jay Murray

    Hang in there, Conan. This is not your fault. You are being a great trooper. I have been a big fan since your first show. When you return, you will be bigger and badder than the other shows in all the land.
    JAY SUCKS ASS!!

    J Man

    March 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mully

    Someone said earlier: "come on people its called GOOD PUBLICITY thats all"

    However, there is no such thing as a selfless act. It's great publcity, you're right, but it doesn't change the fact that he's doing a great thing. It's no wonder the man is loved.

    March 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kathy

    I was able to snag tickets to one of the Los Angeles shows and can't wait. I have NO idea what the show will be, and in all honesty, don't care. I'm just looking forward to being there with thousands of other Team CoCo folks to show my support. He is indeed a class act.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mikel

    Could you even imagine Jay or Dave doing this? Dave 10% chance maybe, Jay zero. He continues to line these guys up and knock em on down. Can only just be glad to see what's next. Hail Conan, the king!

    March 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. prochut

    He has officially won me over as a person and a comedian. I wish the shows in Chicago weren't sold out, but I can't wait til he's back on the air.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    He may not be doing it for the money, but he is doing to stay in the public eye. He's no saint.

    All this hype has overshadowed the fact that before he was legally prohibited, he still wasn't being funny on television.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dorothy

    Hurrah! Love ya, Conan & taking care of your employees? U R 1 in a million. What is date for Atlanta? Can't wait to see the show.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. SO HAPPY!

    See you in Manchester! I can't wait!

    March 15, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Khurram

    Is there a list of the cities he's going to tour ??

    March 15, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  16. mrD

    I always knew Conan had class..

    March 15, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  17. JT

    Though I am not a huge Conan fan...this could be a brilliant move on Conans part that will likely generate a ton of publicity much like Lenos build up to the new Tonight Show and Lenos build up to the Jay Leno Show. I think NBC made a critical mistake.....

    March 15, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  18. Sky

    This is an amazing example of what a good leader, and good human being is.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  19. Coco Fan

    Perhaps this is exactly what Conan was hoping for by doing this, but I support team COCO! This is true class. Leno said he "cared" about his crew and thats why he had to take a multimillion dollar offer to keep being famous on TV. Conan takes nothing and goes out of his way to keep his crew in business.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  20. Get serious

    Good for Conan...pretty sad that he cares more for keeping people gainfully employed than our federal government....maybe he should run for office....

    March 15, 2010 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  21. Chad

    To be fair, though, I do have to give him huge credit for taking care of his employees.
    Something that every boss should learn.

    March 15, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  22. Chad

    Hm...more like the "Completely unable to be funny at all" tour.

    March 15, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  23. mushymushroom

    I kind of expected this! Love you Conan!!! :)

    March 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  24. wisconsin

    PLEASE come to MADISON WI!!!!

    March 14, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  25. A Canadian in Dubai

    For those who criticize Conan, think for a moment, what would you be doing if u were part of his team! And so what if he is trying to get publicity – at least he is worthy of it! I think Conan is a model entertainer, and a class act all along. He is simply, a great guy who is kind and genuine! I wish him all the best.

    Also, nights are so boring without him. Come back soon Coco!

    March 14, 2010 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  26. Jason

    Awesome job Conan. I was not a big fan, but during your feud with NBC and Leno, you consistently showed you were the better man. I cannot wait until you are back on late night, whatever network you land with :)

    – J. from BC, Canada.

    March 14, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  27. Dick Chunky

    This is clearly a plot by the Obama administration to push their healthcare plan through.

    March 14, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  28. mabel floyd

    glad the crew is being cared for. i prefer jay and i am glad he is back. he earned the tonight show-conan bombed.
    but good luck to him on the road. i hope he and his fans will get together and everyone will have their talent displayed in a manner that will please themselves and their fans.
    as for me , WELCOME BACK JAY–GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK WHERE YOU BELONG!!!

    March 13, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Loey L

    Conan, you are the best!! Pleeze come to Rochester NY, pleeze.

    March 13, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Amber T.

    What a great idea! It's good to see Conan making the best of a crazy situation. I think good things will come in the future.

    March 13, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  31. EDJ

    Conan is classy. All you haters can suckit.

    March 13, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  32. scout stevenson

    conan for president!

    March 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Everyman

    Leno sucks, Letterman sucks, Kimmel sucks and Fallon really,really sucks. It is ironic that the only late night host that does not completely suck ass is unemployed. O'brien has never been all that funny but he is obviously the only one that has any class , And Jay LameO will soon understand that" what comes around goes around" since he is a coniving sleazy prick that would sell his ugly ass mother to get ahead. It will be great fun to watch LameO's future struggles and failures.

    March 13, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Everyman

    Leno sucks, Letterman sucks, Kimmel sucks and Fallon really,really sucks. It is ironic that the only late night host that does not completely suck ass is unemployed. O'brien has never been all that fnny but he is obviously the only one that has any class , And Jay LameO will soon understand that" what comes around goes around" since he is a coniving sleazy prick that would sell his ugly ass mother to get ahead. It will be great fun to watch LameO's future struggles and failures.

    March 13, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  35. McKay T.

    We miss you Coco. Way to continue the valiant trek back to the top.

    March 13, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Matt

    I don't think he's funny and other than stopping by his show now and then to see if he'd suddenly got funny (only to find he hadn't) I never watched him on either his previous gig or the Tonight Show. However, I have to say that it is good to see someone doing something right by others. Good on ya, Conan. Perhaps I will give you another chance next time you're on TV.

    March 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Charles

    His trying to keep the crew together gives hope to us Coco maniacs that a new show is in the offing.

    March 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Tanya

    Leno would never do something like this.

    March 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Shawn

    Its very rare to see someone do something like that for teir crew after a show cancellation. I will be waiting in the line for the show!!!
    CONAN YOU ROCK!!!!

    March 13, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  40. PattyBigbones

    The Art of War Against Fat is a gut burning comedic mashup of Sun Tzu's The Art of War and weight loss advice.

    March 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Paul

    Come to Cleveland OH, Conan!

    March 13, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Miller

    Funny, try reading the crack up funny comedic mashup of Sun Tzu's The Art of War and weight loss tips.
    The Art of War Against Fat.

    March 13, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Flor

    God Bless Conan, Good deeds will be rewarded.

    You are funny and highly educated, that is why you are a class act you will be successful in everything you do.

    Can't hardly wait for you to come back.

    Good Luck !

    March 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  44. conan

    In response to

    Victoria Moreland March 13th, 2010 8:50 am ET

    "Legally prohibited"? That suits me fine. Don't miss the useless, talentless chap one bit. "Good luck'O the Irish" though!

    FlipNYC2010 March 12th, 2010 3:55 pm ET

    Not at all funny. I've tried to watch him when he was on late night and when he took over the Tonight Show. I think he sux altogether.

    ironman1 March 13th, 2010 9:29 am ET

    big deal con head a bum is a bum is a bum i will save my money and spend my hard earn money on some one that is reallly funny not on some cry baby that stilll dont understands he got thown off tv because he is a bum

    This clearly demonstrates stratification of intelligence given the abundance of low brow monkeys who cannot appreciate or comprehend his humor.

    March 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  45. James J.

    GENEROUS? How many millions does he get for leaving NBC? 30 MILLION is that right? I think people forget that he wasn't laid off with out a very substantial Good Buy.

    March 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  46. KrispyKreme

    Way to go! Thanks for thinking of the little guy! GO TEAM CONAN...

    March 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Joe

    stef's comment summed up exactly why this this is an important lesson to everyone.

    March 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Nick

    conan ive never been a huge fan of yours, but you can be funny. i truly feel leno did you no harm, NBC did. its not PERSONAL, its BUSINESS!!

    you are a class act for doing this for your crew. when you do return to TV again, i will tune in and will keep tuning in if you have a good show, i wish you luck!!

    March 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Melanie

    I really love this man!!!!!!!!!!!! Not only is he hilarious, he is an amazing person!!!!!

    March 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Lisa O

    One word...awesome. I have never been a huge Conan fan but he is one class act.

    March 13, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  51. Caroln Bild

    Resourceful! I like this.

    March 13, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  52. Lydia Brankowich

    Awesome, but somewhat hard to believe somehow...good luck Conan. Hope you have let the anger about the network issues go, life is too short don't worry be happy!

    March 13, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  53. ironman1

    big deal con head a bum is a bum is a bum i will save my money and spend my hard earn money on some one that is reallly funny not on some cry baby that stilll dont understands he got thown off tv because he is a bum

    March 13, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  54. Port Weinstein

    "Legally prohibited from being on television" tour – Genius

    March 13, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  55. CathodeRayGuy

    Oh sure, so benevolent. He gets to keep his face in public view to make sure the public doesn't forget him and demonstrate to potential network bosses that his stock his still high. Bashing NBC and Jay night after night will be oh-so-entertaining...

    March 13, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  56. Madu

    Have not watched much of Conan on TV. But this is an inspiring story, and shows what a good human being he is. I am sure to watch him the next time he is back on TV.

    It is also so refreshing to see all the positive feedback and love for him, and quick recognition of a great act.

    March 13, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  57. Victoria Moreland

    "Legally prohibited"? That suits me fine. Don't miss the useless, talentless chap one bit. "Good luck'O the Irish" though!

    March 13, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  58. Mark

    I heart Conan

    March 13, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  59. Saly

    This is why I love watching Conan! Yes, he is hilarious, but more importantly, he seems like a genuinely nice person. This article confirms that. Pure class. Hurry back, Coco!!

    March 13, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  60. spunkv

    Awesome. This makes me smile!

    March 13, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Eduardo

      The next time I learn a blog, I hope that it doesnt dopispaint me as much as this one. I imply, I do know it was my choice to learn, but I actually thought youd have something fascinating to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about one thing that you might fix in the event you werent too busy searching for attention.

      March 14, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  61. Susan Umpleby

    No one prohibited him from being funny on television. He did that all by himself.

    March 13, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  62. Beth

    I wish I had an extra $600! I just love Conan. If I could meet just ONE famous person, he would be the one. He's funny and genuine and I think he truely cares about his employees. I still laugh out loud when I think about some of his shows, like when he went to Ted Nugent's ranch. Hilarious.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  63. ella jay

    conan is showing the same type of class that he has exhibited throughout the leno affair.
    major kudos to you, conan

    *impressed*

    March 12, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  64. ella jay

    i am quite impressed
    however, conan is showing the same type of class that he has exhibited throughout this affair. major kudos to you, conan

    March 12, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  65. jl

    Conan has been the funniest man on TV for a long long time. If u disagree please accept that you are an idiot and go drool in front of a wall.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Bob

    Who wants to watch a guy wanting to get even??? He was taken care of. What is funny about payback? He burnt his bridges on his exit...he is a baby....

    March 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  67. pharmd

    Since Conan left there has been a gaping chasm in my late night life :( Come back soon Mr O Brien and more string dancing please.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  68. OLD LADY IN AZ

    He has and always will be the best show on TV. Now he showes he is not only very funny but a awsome man. Maybe Jay Leno might learn some class from Conan

    March 12, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Pamela

    This reminds me of when Letterman continued to pay his staff & crew all thru the writer's strike a few yrs back. See, there are good guys & then there's all-for-me Leno.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  70. big ocean

    come on people its called GOOD PUBLICITY thats all

    March 12, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Lori

    What a great idea ! He keeps his crew employed and his fans get a chance to see him.Not only is he a funny guy, but a class act, too.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Dman in Hwood

    Conan we need more people like you.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Kdillman

    What a stand up guy!

    March 12, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  74. sara miller

    I used to watch Conan everynight when I worked the night shift. The thought of not be able to do that anymore is sad. Come back, Conan. We miss you!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Poeton22

    What he is doing is great, don't forget he will more than likely make this into a Documentary of some amount or at least some kind of on stage movie. Considering he moved half of his staff from NYC to LA just to have them fired is a horrible thing and he is doing the best thing for these people.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  76. p the c

    I hope he stops by Boise Idaho. It will be nice to see culture here.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Wendy

    I think Conan is funnier than any of the other late night hosts out there and now he's my hero. How many people in his position would do this for the employees. I think none. Good on you Conan!!

    March 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Austin

      I was so happy that Conan was so positive in his final mtenmos on the Tonight show. It shows true class, and cements him even further as one of my favourite writers.There's a difference between being cynical and being sarcastic. Conan's style of self deprecating humour was always funny and sarcastic never negative and cynical.I hope that people really do follow his advice, since I can attest that it really does work. I'd add that being genuine helps a lot too, but Conan nailed it!

      March 17, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  78. cp

    Hats off to you Conan for holding on to your Crew. We need more employers like you. God bless!

    March 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  79. David

    I miss Conan on TV and certainly hope to see his show at Universal City. I have watched Conan for years and enjoyed his talent and humor greatly. I was impressed when during the writers strike a couple of years ago, he stayed on the show, but more paid his staff from his own pocket! I thought he was an awesome class act then, this just shows what a true generous and great employer and friend he truly is. Always a Conan Fan here! Best of luck on the tour!

    March 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Stef

    Conan O'Brien is one of the most classy, ingenious people I've seen. He proves that life is not always about getting what you want, it's about embracing every situation and bringing your creativity, humility and humor into it, thus turning it into a positive experience. This is how you become a real inspiration and model for others.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  81. FlipNYC2010

    Not at all funny. I've tried to watch him when he was on late night and when he took over the Tonight Show. I think he sux altogether.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Patricia G

    Classy..thats all I can say!

    March 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  83. jeanne

    list the cities where hes performing.........i'll be there.....need a good belly laugh since he's been gone..........

    March 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Amy Jo

    Love Ya Conan! Please come to Madison WI!

    March 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Seth

    Conan again showing he is the class act just as he did durring the writers' strike. He's spending his own money to set this up and help take care of his crew something the other guy would never do.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Jason

    Great idea, but no Houston, common Conan! Drop one of those double LA/Chicago/Boston/NYC shows and pick up Houston. Austin and Dallas don't count.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  87. arty

    Smart man. Not only helps his crew but, he stays in the mainstream and gets brownie points to boot! Way to go to get set up for that next gig. He was getting tired of just tweeting anyway. :) Oh, and before I get slammed by the ultra-Conan-supporters, I do think he is primarily doing this out of goodwill. But it doesn't hurt that it helps himself a little as well; he's not where he is today for lack of intelligence.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Lilly

    You stand out and shine brightly in a sea of dim bulbs. Thank you Sir.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Margie

    Awesome!!! You are the man Conan. Your fan all the way.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  90. laura TJ

    Goog,talented man. We are on Team,Conan & yes he is a very funny guy !!!

    March 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  91. rob, Austin,TX

    We love you CoCo.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  92. jj

    I can't wait to see him on TV again! You're the best Conan!

    March 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  93. JodiAnne

    I don't find Conan as funny as he think he is. But, I have to say this... hats off to your generosity Conan. May you be blessed with more gigs like this so you can share your MILLIONS with the less fortunate human beings.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Kim R

    Clearly the better man.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  95. BenjaminNYC

    again...class act!

    March 12, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Leilani

    That's exciting! I'd go see him for sure!

    March 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  97. meredith

    bravo, Mr. O'Brien

    not only are you showing your loyalty to your crew, the mostly unsung heroes of the entertainment world, but you've also decided that your inglorious retirement did not remain so for very long. you've taken your lemons and made delicious lemonade to pass out to masses of people.

    class act, Sir.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Head Diva In Charge

    That is a pretty awesome thing to do Conan. Wish all employers did that!

    March 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |

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