Saturday, May 1, 2010

Conan O'Brien at Dodge Theatre

I jumped at the chance to see Conan's "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour" at Dodge Theatre. The show was nonstop laughs, of course.

Conan opened strong with a hilarious video of an O'Brien who had let himself go getting himself ready to work again.

I loved that several bits involved local places and people: Andy Richter advertised for the Fry Bread House, Conan joked about Arizona's new immigration law (and LaBamba being deported), and O'Brien opened the show wearing a Channing Frye jersey. He also mentioned his new job as the assistant manager of the Banana Republic at Kierland Commons.

I was surprised at how much music he incorporated into the show. He sang, played guitar and the keyboard, and (sort of) danced. He came back for an encore that involved him running into the aisles, high-fiving and taking photos with a lucky fan.

Some bits I could have done without, though. I've never been much of a fan of Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. And the bit Richter did on his own was a letdown.

At one point Conan joked that this was the first time anyone had paid to see him. I'd say it was well worth it.