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Last night’s show at the Chicago Theatre - Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Showcase - was the perfect way to close out Just for Laughs Chicago. We’ll be honest: We’re not ready for it to be over. But interpretive dance, a water-gun-infused Scarface reenactment, and a rousing, shirtless rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” helped to ease the pain.
Don’t go away, though! We still have tons of hilarious videos from our comedian interviews and the TBS LOL Lounge, and we can’t wait to share them all with you!

Last night’s show at the Chicago Theatre - Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Showcase - was the perfect way to close out Just for Laughs Chicago. We’ll be honest: We’re not ready for it to be over. But interpretive dance, a water-gun-infused Scarface reenactment, and a rousing, shirtless rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” helped to ease the pain.
Don’t go away, though! We still have tons of hilarious videos from our comedian interviews and the TBS LOL Lounge, and we can’t wait to share them all with you!

Go Team Coco!

We got to attend a Conan taping yesterday, and let us tell you: it was everything we dreamed of and more.

Conan Taping at the Chicago Theatre

Conan fans are an enthusiastic group. We spotted a group sporting handmade Conan hair-hats.

Conan Taping at Chicago Theatre

From right to left: Princess Conan, Hippie Conan, Rocker Conan and No Idea Conan.

The Chicago Theatre is gorgeous.

Conan Taping at the Chicago Theatre

We’ve never been to a studio taping, so we don’t have much basis for comparison, but the big, packed theatre gave a party atmosphere to the show, even though it was only 5 p.m.

Some things you might not know about Conan tapings:

1) Conan has a warm-up act. Comedian Jimmy Pardo comes out before each show to get the crowd giggling and to run through the guidelines of participating in a live taping. One such guideline: “Believe it or not, I have to tell you this: Turn off your pagers. Then go buy a calendar. Who has a pager in this day and age? You might as well wear a sign that says, ‘I sell meth.’”

Conan Taping - Jimmy Pardo

2) Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band can wail. You can tell they’re good from watching the show, but the full live experience really drives it home. The guys kicked off the show with Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up” and roamed all over the stage and through the crowd. It. Was. Awesome.

Conan Taping - Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band

Conan Taping - Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band

3) Conan is even more tall and leggy in person than he is on TV. Impossible, you say! Nope. Believe it, ladies and gentlemen. Conan O’Brien is the leggiest man on Earth.

Conan Taping at Chicago Theatre

4) Even Conan laughs at his own pre-taped video packages. He stands on stage while they play, and we spotted him chuckling a few times during the Conan Visits the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum video.

5) Conan dances to the music during commercial breaks. It’s adorable.

6) When the cameras stop rolling, the fun don’t stop. Conan finished off last night’s show with a rendition of the “End of the Show Song.” (That may not be the official title.) 

The whole show was hilarious, but a definite highlight was the surprise appearance by Aziz Ansari, who serenaded a female audience member with Ginuwine’s “Differences.”

You can see much clearer photos on the Just for Laughs Chicago photo gallery, and of course, watch the full episode on TeamCoco.com.

Stay tuned now, ya hear? We’re seeing Kevin Smith, Hannibal Buress and Stephen Merchant tonight. Tickets are still available at JustforLaughsChicago.com, Chicagoans - come join us!