Team Coco…Live

June 1, 2010

Did everyone have a great long weekend? We sure did. And the party continues because I took tomorrow off…

We did a lot this weekend, and one of the highlights was going to see Conan O’Brien in his “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour.” I’m not sure what made us buy tickets — I guess when the tour was announced a couple of months ago, I liked the fact that he was getting out on the road instead of licking his wounds, and it seemed that it could be a fun night out. The place to be.

We bought the cheapest tickets, and they were $100. Then I saw him on 60 Minutes and I found him to be kinda bitter. And we got to the venue and they were selling Team Coco shirts for $45. And I said out loud, “Really, Conan. You just got over $30 million from NBC, signed an even richer contract with TBS and you are gouging your fans?”

But then he came onstage and genuinely was funny. Seemed sincere and real and touched by the support people have shown him. He was self-deprecating in all the right ways. And there was a hilarious appearance by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. (Really, Robert Smigel is genius.) And I found out a portion of the merchandise sales goes to the Fresh Air Fund and the Children’s Defense Fund.

It’s a definite entertaining night out. There are still some dates left — New York this week, then Boston and Philadelphia, among others. Click here to see the remaining dates. The highlight for me was a number where he took an old Elvis Presley song, changed the lyrics to be about his life, and told a “down-on-his-luck” story about growing up upper middle class in Brookline, Massachusetts. (Sample lyric: “And oh, my momma worked so hard to put food on the table with her $200,000 a year job as a tax attorney.” Very funny stuff.)

At the end of the day, when the sting has worn off, this is probably the best thing that could have happened to him. There’s much less pressure for ratings on cable, he can attract his niche audience and advertisers will be thrilled. And he’ll always have his bitterness toward NBC and Leno to fall back on if all else fails.

(If you do go, the “cheap” seats were still very good so I don’t think you need to spring for the front.)

Etc.

We saw Conan in Atlantic City, and it was packed, which I suppose is good for AC and a nice sign for the economy at large, but I was slightly annoyed by it. The restaurants at the Borgata are not inexpensive and people were partying down. We hit Bobby Flay’s Steak House, which was tasty, and they’ve added a large selection of bottles of wine for under $50, which I thought was a nice addition. (One of Austin’s classmate’s father is in the restaurant biz and manages a popular mid-town spot. He told me that the one thing the recession killed was people buying really expensive bottles of wine, and he’s not sure it will ever come back. Restaurants have adjusted accordingly. So drink up!)

Tonight we saw one of our guest bloggers, Tori, and her band The Grand Prospect play their first show at The Delancey. They were good! Go Tori! Maybe she’ll write about that next time.

Later!


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