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Conan O’Brien Embraces Texas Amid Dramatic TBS Show Changes

Talk Show Comic Making Two Stops in Lone Star State

BY // 09.30.18

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This fall, Conan O’Brien is taking a break from his late-night TBS show to hit the road for the first time since 2010. Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips will make stops in Houston and Austin on November 16 and 17 respectively.

Since Conan’s last tour, The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour, the comedian has had a knack for mixing things up. Along with having an hour-long late-night show for the past 25 years, O’Brien and his crew have traveled to nine countries, including Korea and Israel, and annually visit Comic Con and New York to film shows.

This new 18-city live tour will feature an array of comics. Some combination of Ron Funches (Curb Your Enthusiasm), James Veitch (Conan), Taylor Tomlinson (The Comedy Lineup), and Flula Borg (Pitch Perfect 2) will join Conan onstage in Texas.

When O’Brien arrives back in Los Angeles, the long-standing talk show will also be gearing up to make some changes. Starting in 2019, the format will switch to 30 minutes a night from the current hour long format. But this is not at all a bad thing.

Out of the studio is where Conan thrives and the new half-hour show format will give him more time to travel and create more out-of-the-box comedy. The show is losing the musical performances, unfortunately. Conan O’Brien’s given some great smaller, indie bands some big exposure, but are making way for more comedy.

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The Texas shows are set to take place at 8pm at the Revention Music Center in Houston (Nov. 16) and ACL Moody Theatre in Austin (Nov. 17).

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