Conan O’Brien is utterly charming. This charm always comes through on television and it shone last night on stage as well. O’Brien pointed out this tour is the first time anyone has paid to see him, and I think it’s worth it to spend the money on seeing this show. O’Brien’s joined on tour by his sidekick Andy Richter and live band, and it’s an opportunity to see them in a very relaxed environment. Even the bearded O’Brien’s quiff was given a chance to grow luxuriantly. The production quality of the show was first-rate and the evening was so enjoyable in part because the audience had a shared love of Conan O’Brien. You don’t get to experience that atmosphere when you’re watching someone on TV. Some fans came to the show in their I’m with Coco shirts and orange birthday hats (it was O’Brien’s birthday).
In the packed and gorgeous McCaw Hall I could really feel the affection the audience had for O’Brien – and O’Brien’s affection for them. He never once seemed removed. That O’Brien can pick fun of his own background in song and take the time tailor his show to the local audience speaks volumes for his perfect touch. He got to showcase his music skills in several songs, including his own rendition of On the Road Again, which was closed out with what he called ‘crazy movement.’ He was joined by two backup singers, the Cocettes. O’Brien and Richter joked about some of their own creations such as the Masturbating Bear and how they would rename them for the new show. There were several costume changes and Dave Matthews was the secret guest star of the night, with a performance of Dave Matthews Band song, Bartender.
I don’t want to say anything else about the show because I just don’t want to ruin it for you. The whole experience left me very happy. If you’re lucky enough to go, you will enjoy it – trust me.
review & all photos by Dagmar
Conan O’Brien appears at McCaw Hall again tonight, April 19th.