Comedian Chris Fairbanks—who grew up in Missoula and comes back often to tell weird, funny, off-the-cuff stories on stage—will be on Conan tomorrow night along with Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky. The tag on Conan's Team Coco site says: "We're going to take a stand and declare that Chris Fairbanks is the best stand-up/artist/skateboarder that we've ever had on the show. Better luck next time, Dame Judi Dench!"
Last time we wrote about Fairbanks he was sharing the bill with Reggie Watts (who grew up in Great Falls) at the Badlander and he'll be at the Wilma with Tig Notaro next month during the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Fairbanks has been back here in Missoula a couple of times recently, almost always wearing his wonderful—perhaps, signature—wool "grandma" sweater that he got at the Antique Mall. Maybe he'll wear it on Conan, too.
In the meantime, here's a photo of him looking like a greased up '80s rock star.
"Conan" with Chris Fairbanks shows Thu., Jan. 23, at 11/10 central on TBS.