Talk show host Conan O’Brien has released his first documentary, appropriately entitled “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop,” which chronicles the witty late night star’s comedy tour.
After a very public break-up with former home station NBC in early 2010, O’Brien refused to merely simmer on the backburner while waiting out his six month ban from appearing on television.
In good spirits, O’Brien embarked on his nationwide “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour,” but not without inviting a film crew to record and document every comedic step of the way.
The kitschy film gives ”Team Coco” fanatics and mere viewers alike a special glimpse into the life of O’Brien – one filled with many rest stops, fan meet and greets, and a subdued sense of resentment intact throughout the entire film.
“Can’t Stop” also excels in humanizing O’Brien beyond the point of his public persona. Known as one of the most down-to-earth names in the entertainment industry, viewers are allowed a peek into many of O’Brien’s darker days on the tour – days where frustration, bitterness, and homesickness fester to a head.
By the home stretch of the documentary, O’Brien has viewers scratching their heads and contemplating whether or not the comedian will even complete the final leg of the tour due to his lack of enthusiasm and all-around sense of being burned out on comedy.
In good character, O’Brien pulls out all the stops and rounds out his comedy tour with grace.
Now calling TBS his new home while hosting his self-titled late night show, O’Brien is living proof that persistence, quick wit, and a little comic relief goes a long way.
“Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” is
an Abramorama release, rated R for intermittent strong language.