Their Together Again tour has seen 2001 box office grosses surpassing $4 million for 144,000 tickets sold.

“It’s been a phenomenon,” the act’s agent, Marty Klein, told Pollstar.

The idea for the tour started in March 1999 with a private gig for Chase Manhattan. At the same time Klein was booking Conway and Korman for the corporate show, he decided to call Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut and get the act on the schedule there.

The duo was given a spot in early March, though Klein didn’t know exactly how well the show would do on its first public outing.

“I called in January to talk to (the venue’s) Tom Cantone and I said, ‘By the way, have you put tickets on sale yet for Tim and Harvey?’ And he said, ‘You’re sold out.’ And I said, ‘No, I’m talking about Tim Conway and Harvey Korman.'”

Not only had the tickets for Together Again disappeared two months before the one-date show, the sellout happened in a scant 90 minutes. Klein quickly began booking other engagement and even added second shows when the initial dates sold out. And that’s how the tour was born.

By the end of 1999, Together Again had been seen 36 times at 26 venues. 2000 and 2001 saw steady increases in the number of dates and performances.

So far, 23 engagements have been booked for 2002, the vast majority of which are two and three-show commitments. At the end of that run, Together Again will have completed 101 engagements consisting of 170 shows in 135 days of work.

The event consists of Conway and Korman doing individual stand-up comedy and performing together for five sketches, some containing elements from the comedians’ tenure on the Carol Burnett Show (like the dentist routine and the slow-walking old man). They are joined by impressionist Louise DuArt, who performs between routines and in one sketch with the duo.

The combination of styles makes the show somewhat unusual for a touring act. Despite that fact, or perhaps because of it, 95 percent of the tour’s dates have been sellouts, according to Klein’s estimations.

“I don’t know how many people can say that,” he said.

And the demand for appearances by his clients far exceeds what they can provide according to Klein.

“I’m trying to make a new deal with them – they pay me commission on what I turn down, not what I accept.” (Beat.) “That’s a joke. But we could triple the number of dates we do. Triple.”

The major deterrent to adding more dates has been Korman’s reluctance to expand the itinerary. Klein has responded by offering the options Tim Conway & Don Knotts and The Tim Conway Show with Chuck McCann in a couple of cities. The alternate shows are identical to Together Again, except for the replacement of Korman by other veteran funnymen.

One date has been set for 2003, but whether Korman will sign on for more shows is still a mystery to Klein. “That’s the $64 question. I don’t know. He doesn’t know.”