Conan reappeared later wearing none other than Eddie Murphy’s outfit from the 1987 comedy special Raw. While in the skin-tight latex, Conan went on a crowd search for the best fans.
Before the show, a Conan lookalike was relaxing outside the arena. Little did we know he was actually in attendance. And no, he was not part of the act.
When Andy Richter got the camera on this man, Conan absolutely lost it. He laughed hysterically, fell to the ground and began convulsing in a fit of excitement. They called up the lookalike and presented him to the audience before sending him back. The resemblance was truly uncanny and Conan was beyond pleased to meet his unofficial twin.
Comedian and Tonight Show writer Deon Cole got an opportunity to feed some jokes to the crowd before Conan’s next bit. He was just as funny as the rest of the show. Every joke was racially charged and even more engaging than his scattered work on The Tonight Show. Keep an eye out for Deon Cole.
When Conan came back out, the first task was an “intimate conversation” with the audience. This was something he “couldn’t do on national television” and eagerly wanted to test on us. Of course, we were given our lines through the big screens.
The sequence ended with Conan giving LaBamba a nice, wet kiss. It wasn’t the best gag of the night, but it played well. Though I’d probably laugh at Conan sleeping on stage for two hours.
The “Chuck Norris World Policeman Handle” was a hilarious bit. Since NBC has the rights to “Walker Texas Ranger Lever” Conan improved the already funny bit with the never-ending hilarity that is Chuck Norris. When the lever is pulled, a ridiculous clip from Chuck Norris’ acting career plays. After, Richter and Conan criticize and review the awful incomprehensibility of it all.
Each show has had a special guest star and my anticipation had been honed in on the mystery celebrity all night. Deep down I hoped for Vince Vaughn, a Chicago native currently shooting the Ron Howard film Cheaters downtown. The surprise was just as pleasant when Chicago’s Second City alumn Tim Meadows stepped on stage as the special guest Chuck Norris Lever puller. It was a brief, but great cameo.
The night ended with a few Conan musical numbers. He wore a bedazzled jacket straight from the 1950s throughout the finale, which included a re-written “I Will Survive” and a rendition of Ronnie Hawkins hit “Forty Days”.
Conan O’Brien is a true showman. He brought his own personal Las Vegas to Chicago in full force. Pointless dancers, strobe lights, high energy fun, constant music and interactive comedy kept the night moving at a blistering pace. He could have gone in a number of directions with the tour, but a variety show with all sorts of randomness is just his style.
The fans walked out of the Chicago Theater smiling and desperate for more. And they’ll get more in November, when Conan heads to TBS. It may not be the vulgar hilarity of his Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour, but his humor knows no bounds and censors have never stopped Coco before. Rest assured, Conan O’Brien has plenty of humor up his sleeves and it may never run out.
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