Thursday, March 11, 2010

Conan O'Brien's Spokane Adventure

Posted By on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 11:32 AM

If indie movies have taught me anything, it's that the correct response to a big blow to your psyche — say, losing your job — is an existentially-tinged road trip across America. Along the way you'll make new friends, take in the beauty and oddity of the great American landscape, have comical car trouble, and maybe, just maybe, learn a little something about yourself.

At least that's what Conan O'Brien's decided to do after NBC fired him for Jay Leno's 10 pm failure.

Legally, he can't perform on television until September. He's wasted some of his time on Twitter, capriciously lifting Sarah Killen (@lovelybutton), randomly chosen from one of his hundreds of thousands of followers, from obscurity.

But now he's planning to take his mix of absurdity, oddity, and self-deprecation across America in "The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour: A Night of Music Comedy, Hugging, And The Occasional Awkward Silence."

“It was either a massive 30-city tour or start helping out around the house” the O’Brien press release says.

One of his first stops? Spokane.

On Friday, April 16, the INB Performing Arts will get the full tall n' gangly orange-haired treatment.

Go to or for tickets.

INB prices run $39.50 for balcony tickets, Orchestra rows K-CC are $59.50, and rows A - J are $79.50. As of posting, tickets nationally were going so fast second shows had to be added in New York, Boston, Chicago, Vancouver, San Francisco and LA.

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A lifelong Spokane native, staff writer Daniel Walters is the Inlander's City Hall reporter. But he also reports on a wide swath of other topics, including business, education, real estate development, land use, and other stories throughout North Idaho and Spokane County.He's reported on deep flaws in the Washington...