NETFLIX Review: Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (2011)

After a much-publicized departure from hosting NBC’s Tonight Show – and the severing of a 22-year relationship with the network – O’Brien hit the road with a 32-city music-and-comedy show to exercise his performing chops and exorcise a few demons. The “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour” was O’Brien’s answer to a contractual stipulation that banned his appearance on television, radio and the Internet for six months following his last show. Filmmaker Rodman Flender’s resulting¬†documentary, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, is an intimate portrait of an artist trained in improvisation, captured at the most improvisational time of his career. It offers a window into the private writers room and rehearsal halls as O’Brien’s “half-assed show” (his words) is almost instantly assembled and mounted to an adoring fan base. – ROTTEN TOMATOES

If there is one thing that I envy about American is their wealth of late night chat show hosts, and whom most are funny (except Jay Leno). And of my favourites is the larger than life presence that is Conan O’Brien.

This documentary follows Conan as he takes a show on the road after his breakup with NBC. We learn more about his psyche as he throws punches to anyone. Seriously, there is no one who is off-limits for Conan. He is simply relentless but also incredibly funny. I found this to be a fantastic documentary that I could easily watch again and again.


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