Reporting Lisa Fielding
CHICAGO (CBS) — Late-night host Conan O’Brien is coming to town, as part of the multi-venue Just for Laughs Festival.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports, O’Brien will be taping his show from Monday through Thursday this week.
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The tickets are long gone, having been given out through a lottery. But fans can still try to get standby tickets which will be given out the day of each taping.
Fans are advised to go to 30 E. Benton Pl. on the south side of the Chicago Theatre before 10 a.m. A line will form underneath the black awning that reads “Downstairs Theatre.” Numbered wristbands will be handed out to 100 people. The lower the number, the better your chance of getting in.
Once fans get a wristband, they are welcome to leave for the day and will be asked to return at 4 p.m. and get back in numerical order. Depending on availability, fans will be brought into the theater at 4:30 p.m. and seated in any seats available and will most likely get a single seat, so you won’t be sitting with a friend.
Conan’s guests for the week include Jack McBrayer of “30 Rock” fame, Andy Samberg (Tuesday), Johnny Galecki (Wednesday) and Adam Sandler, (Thursday.)
Conan’s trip to Chicago coincides with the TBS Just for Laughs comedy festival, which will also feature performances by Sarah Silverman and by Vince Vaughn’s comedy showcase at the Chicago Theatre this coming Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Also on tap for the festival are Nick Offerman on Friday at the Vic Theatre, Stephen Merchant on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Park West, and the puppet play for adults “Stuffed and Unstrung,” by Brian Henson, the son of Jim Henson, among many other performances.
Conan is a native of Massachusetts, but spent part of his early career in Chicago working as a writer and performer.
O’Brien also previously taped his late night show here in Chicago when he was still with NBC.