Conan mocks NBC on first stop of comedy tour
By Erik Pedersen
EUGENE, Oregon (Hollywood Reporter) - Conan O'Brien kicked off his comedy tour Monday in Eugene, Ore., taking shots at his former NBC bosses and joking about his new gig at TBS with his trademark self-deprecation.
"This is the first time anyone has paid to see me. They've paid me to go away," O'Brien told the audience, who welcomed him and his band with a standing ovation.
The show started with 20 minutes-plus of stand-up, but there was nothing vindictive about his NBC barbs.
"Lawyers are listening," O'Brien said, and when the crowd chuckled, he added under his breath, "I'm not kidding."
Among the jokes aimed at NBC:
-- "I'm not allowed to say word 'peacock,' but I can say the words 'pea' and 'cock.'"
-- A video clip of an "NBC executive" was shown stroking a cat before introducing a show called "I'm a Celebrity and I Eat Bark." The executive then threw the animal, saying "I need a new cat!"
-- O'Brien outlined the "eight stages of grief after losing your talk show": "denial; blame myself; blame everyone else around me; anger; paranoia; 36 hours of Red Bull and Halo; buy everything Amazon says I would also like ... I bought a Team Edward thong!; and get your ass to Eugene, Ore.!" Continued...