Conan O'Brien 'Legally Prohibited' To Poop On The Gibson Amphitheater - Live Review, 4/24/10
Attention-starved and donning a Rip Van Winkle makeover, the world's reddest talk show host, Conan O'Brien, opened his "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television" tour stop last weekend at the Gibson Amphitheatre with a haunting video of the former Tonight Show host appearing as an obese member of ZZ Top jumping alone on a backyard trampoline.
If you have ten minutes and love Frank Stallone-scored montages of redemption, I highly suggest you see what Conan's been up to for the last few months.
O'Brien's 32-city traveling circus spent two nights in Los Angeles for back to back performances on Universal turf -- approximately 400 yards from his previous place of employment.
To avoid a firecrotch storm of legal injunctions, the question of intellectual property was skirted by the use of clever aliases for many of his gags and characters.
For example, "Masturbating Bear" after receiving a quick makeover of a white fur patch and hood, became "Self-Pleasuring Panda," and the Walker Texas Ranger lever was re-designated simply as a "handle" (Coco checked it out with an engineer and assured us there was a difference).
Surprise celebrity guests were invited onstage to pull the rod of fate, serving up random and delicious Chuck Norris video nuggets. Jon Hamm, Jonah Hill, Jack McBrayer, and Aziz Ansari explored issues like: a guy being punched in the face while his leg was caught in a bear trap, Walker getting shot while getting engaged, and Haley Joel Osment revealing yet another startling twist.
Heavy on musical numbers, the show included homages to Willie Nelson, Ronnie Hawkins, Conrad Bain, Cake, Meatloaf, and ...Five Against Fighting? Yes, Superman himself, dressed up like Jim Carrey, made an appearance to sing a very special duet with his would-be lover.
The best musical offering, however, was Conan's cover of Elvis' cover of "Polk Salad Annie," wherein our favorite, redheaded beanpole modified the lyrics to reflect his personal struggles of being raised upper middle class in the Boston suburb of Brookline, Mass.
But it wasn't the meandering prose that sealed the deal on it being the best, rather, it was how he managed dig himself out of the the musical hole.
"There's two ways out of a number like this, two things that you have to do and you have to do BOTH of them...I'm talkin' STROBE LIGHTS! And CRAAAAAAZY MOOOOVEMENTS!" Ann Margaret, meet your long lost brother.
O'Brien proved his love of Los Angeles runs as deep as the LA river, with the confession that he'd be staying put in the bosom of Southern California. His own show will move to TBS, but his return to television in a non-host capacity is kosher as of May 1. His first post-exile television interview will air Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes."