Vancouver counts down to Conan - Metro US

Vancouver counts down to Conan

For hundreds of Vancouverites with Conan O’Brien tickets, the long wait for his back-to-back shows at the Orpheum Theatre is almost over.

The former late-night talk-show host is taking his comedy tour, Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television, to 30 cities this spring and is in Vancouver tonight and tomorrow.

The show promises to be a night of “music, comedy, hugging and the occasional awkward silence,” according to its official website, teamcoco.com.

On his Twitter site, O’Brien warned fans to brace themselves “for a towering tsunami of dry, self-deprecating humour” and that attendance will cure all diseases.

He’ll be accompanied on stage by sidekick Andy Richter and his former Tonight Show band.

O’Brien is prohibited from appearing on TV until September, according to the conditions of his severance deal with NBC, where he hosted The Tonight Show from June 2009 to January 2010.

He had taken over the program from former host Jay Leno, but was dethroned and replaced by Leno amid falling ratings.

The move galvanized O’Brien’s fans, who started the now-famous “I’m With Coco” fan club, and the scandal became fodder for comedians and late-night talk-show hosts — including Leno and O’Brien — for months.

NBC reportedly paid O’Brien and his staff an estimated $32 million in severance.

Fans unable to make his Vancouver shows, fret not. Coco will be performing at Seattle’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall on April 18 and 19.

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