Conan O'Brien Can't Stop Reviews
Director: Rodman Flender
Summary: Following his unplanned and highly publicized departure from NBC, exiled talk show host Conan O'Brien decides to take his show on the road. This documentary captures that uproarious tour as well as O'Brien's dramatic break with his ex-employers.
My Thoughts: "My only reasons for watching this is because I am a fan of his and was interested in the way he was feeling after quiting/being let go from a network he gave so much to. It was nice to see him in a more raw, human and personal way. You see his highs and lows. How hard he is on himself. He is very honest in the film and is obviously hurt and angry as he should be. Definitely an interesting insight to the end of one journey and the beginning to another. I love his show and watch it when I get the chance to."
Nate's Grade: C
'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' is one of the most engaging documentaries I've ever seen. After countless LOYAL years serving NBC as a late-night talk host, Conan O'Brien was laid off to be replaced by the unfunny Jay Leno. Being furious with this, O'Brien decides to take his show on the road; performing 44 sketch shows for audiences in various states. The documentary focuses on his [short] time off air prior to his employment as a talk show host on TBS.
Team Coco at it's finest. I'm not one to watch documentaries, but it's doubtful that I'll skip something Conan related (the guy's funny to me), and I am certainly grateful I saw this one. There are countless jokes he makes throughout that only hardcore Coco fans would understand, and when they hit you, it'll have you laughing for days. There are some laughs for everyone; most notably the Jack McBrayer tease with Jon Hamm.
It's not all fun and games though; we see a much darker side of Conan that nobody expected nor wanted to see, yet I found it somewhat engrossing. It's odd; on stage, Conan's a laugh riot, and easily clicks with the audience; off stage, he's a control freak, and sort of a wreck, but always remains true to who he is emotionally. Regardless, 'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' is a documentary that is good for a watch if you are at all interested in the exploits of this funny, funny man who will always be superior to Jay Leno.
"Do you think you could have fun without an audience in front of you?"
Seeing as Conan O'Brien is the only late night talk show host I watch and actually like, there was no way I was missing this. The guy is an icon. Conan O'Brien Can't Stop chronicles a music/comedy tour that Conan put on when he wasn't allowed to be on tv. He may have gotten some money to walk away from NBC, but what he really wants is an audience that he can project himself to. He is a true entertainer. He sings, plays guitar, dances, tells jokes and converses with such ease.
There's times in the movie where it seems like Conan is being a dick, yet you don't really know if he truly is or not. It's hard to tell when he's joking and when he's not because for years all we have seen of him is joking. That's what he does; he jokes. So when he is being firm and demanding with some of the people who work around him; it still seems like he is being funny.
There's moments where he just doesn't want to go on with his shows or appearances for fans, yet every time he gets around people he turns it on. He has a skill of feeding of the fans and just appearing to always be enthused; just always looking like he is having the most he has ever had. There's a reason everyone loves this guy. He's a funny and personable guy that people just want to hang out with. And if there's one thing that this film will tell you, it is that people do love Conan and maybe more than you think.
A documentary on Conan O'Brien's comedy tour of the U.S. and Canada after leaving his post at "The Tonight Show" and severing his relationship with NBC.
TV talk-show comic host Conan O'Brien's inspired "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television" stand-up concert tour - in response to his being unceremoniously bounced from NBC's "The Tonight Show"/Jay Leno fiasco allows documentarian Rodman Flender full access to the comedian's attempts to adapt to the ongoing frustrations of performing, maintaining his sanity and daily odds-on battles with his personae - nice guy comic or misanthropic egotistical jerk (more so the former, frankly) - with his sidekick Andy Richter, special guests Jack White, Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Jim Carrey, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart and Jack McBrayer - that manages to keep tabs with the pent up anger at his mistreatment and his personal goals of being funny (sounds harder than it is). Funny, glib, witty, snarky and clever by a mile - the film, like its subject - can be pricky and sweet at the same time and trust me edgy comedy is always the best in the long run. Go Coco!