Have you heard the one about Larry King going on a live-appearance tour?
Actually, it’s not a joke – King, 77, is going on tour for a series of “performances” he’s dubbing “Larry King: Standing Up.” King’s new stage show – for which he now has plenty of time since leaving CNN in December after 25 years as host of “Larry King Live” – will consist of Larry, really live and on-stage, telling his life story and then taking questions from the audience.
King’s tour begins April 14 at the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Conn., and winds up June 11 at the fabulous Mirage in Las Vegas. In between, the talk-show legend – known for his suspenders and famed lack of preparation for his interviews – will make stops in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Westbury, L.I., Baltimore, Atlantic City and Reno. For details and links to all venue Web sites, please click here.
Watch Larry King’s “Act” On Leno:
Ever since he left CNN, King has been telling interviewers he’s been thinking about scratching a long-standing itch to take a stab at standup comedy. This new tour will likely give him an opportunity to try out a few jokes in between anecdotes about his run-ins with the rich and famous over the years.
It’s possible that the tour is inspired somewhat by the stage shows Conan O’Brien mounted in the summer after he left NBC, and before he launched his new talk show on TBS. After all, Conan and Larry seem to have become fast friends in the past year or so, with King making numerous comedic appearances on “Conan.”
If King’s tour is successful, it shouldn’t be too surprising to see him try and tackle Broadway in New York. And if he’s successful there, perhaps Regis Philbin will mount his own stage show after he retires from his own morning talk show later this year?
Maybe Larry will test some of his new material on Wednesday when he returns to CNN as the interviewee on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” the show that replaced his own at 9 p.m. weeknights (8c).