Conan O’Brien’s big finish at the Fox and a fresh start at Turner Broadcasting


Late night TBS talk show host Conan O’Brien‘s new corporate hometown provided the perfect finale to his “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” spring comedy tour at the Fox Theatre Monday night.

Wrote O’Brien on his blog post-show: “Tonight’s Atlanta show was the best possible way that we could’ve gone out. With comedy guns a blazing and audiences members a laughing. ATL, thank you for a wonderful night.”

O’Brien also posted a black-and-white photo taken from the Fox stage.

O’Brien began his day with a hero’s welcome at Turner Broadcasting’s Midtown headquarters, complete with an employee rally, filled with his future co-workers (some were even perched on the buildings), waving banners that read: COCO: Conan On Cable Outstanding” and “We’re Cuckoo For Coco.”
A huge orange and black “TBS Conan” banner hung across the trademark TBS white columns.

The late night comic was clearly touched by the reception.

Wrote one Turner employee on our Facebook page after the lunchtime rally: “He just did an hour-long Q&A at Turner. It was awesome. The man is hilarious.”

On the company’s Team Coco website Tuesday morning, TBS was counting down the days until his debut: “146 Days, 15 Hours.”

O’Brien and sidekick Andy Richter fueled up for their Fox finale at South City Kitchen in Midtown where O’Brien and crew ordered up fried chicken, collard greens, pecan pie and cinnamon raisin bread pudding.
Richter opted for the special, a pan-seared trout, brown butter vadouvan carrot puree, and an English pea and fennel salad.