Conan O’Brien Announces Tour, Tickets Selling Out

Barred by NBC from appearing on television for eight months, Conan O’Brien is taking his Team Coco on a 30-city tour instead. O’Brien announced on Thursday through his Tweeter account that he will be holding a series of shows, which would start in Eugene, Oregon, on April 12.

The “half-assed comedy and music tour” is called “The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour.” The title is an apparent dig on his buyout deal with NBC, which prohibited him from appearing on television until September 1. O’Brien reportedly received $ 45 million to vacate his “Tonight Show” seat, which NBC returned to Jay Leno this month.

The “Legally Prohibited” tour, which would also feature O’Brien’s loyal sidekick Andy Richter and former “Tonight Show” band members, is also scheduled to take place in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Spokane, and Vancouver, Canada. Reports said tickets for the Chicago gig were immediately sold out on Ticketmaster.com only a few hours after the tour was announced.