He’s still not one of my favorites, but for a ginger with a beautiful beard, he’s pretty damn funny.
When Conan O’Brien was let off of his stint on “The Tonight Show” instead of just chilling, relaxing, and being unemployed, he decided to take his show out on tour for 44 dates. However, Conan really starts to get to understand just how painfully brutal it can be to do shows night-after-night but still having to put on that smile for the fans.
Since I never stayed up too late past my bedtime (9:00. Don’t judge me. I like my sleep.) I wasn’t all that on Team Coco when things went south for Conan last year, however, my sympathy went out to him because in all honesty, who wants to really watch Jay Leno every single week-day night!?! However, this is one of those films where I can at least appreciate the dude for being something other than just another funny celebrity: a real human-being with emotions and feelings just like you and I.
Director Rodman Flender focuses both on his stage-show and the behind-the-scenes stuff that was going on as well and the whole time I felt like I was there with this whole crew and whatnot. The stage stuff is very funny but the back-stage stuff is even funnier because you get to see how all of these people inter-act with one another, and how Conan finds anyway he can to lighten up the mood.
The one problem that I had with this film is that I think it focused a little bit too much on the actual behind-the-scenes stuff and didn’t really let us see much of his actual live-show itself. I heard there was a lot of funny ish that went down on his live shows so when I realized that they were focusing so much on his backstage presence, I was a little bummed for the most part but I still enjoyed myself none the less.
A great element to this film is that it shows us just how excruciatingly tiring it can be to do a long-ass tour, even if it only is about 44 dates. There is a lot of fans that want autographs, pictures, tattoos, and every other thing that a person wants over their idol but somehow Conan is able to take this all in stride and give his fans everything that he wants. This guy is a class-act because he’s funny, witty, and somewhat of a comedic genius that knows how to bring a joke out of every situation, but as much as happiness and goofiness there is to him, he also has a real mean-streak and sad side to him.
I was surprised by the way this film actually portrayed him in a non-flattering way, considering it’s always the subject’s final word on what goes in and what doesn’t. Now take it for granted, the film is not a complete hack-job but at times we see Conan being completely too hard on his assistants/co-workers, taking jokes too far, and also not knowing when to take the spot-light off of himself for once, which is something that I was not expecting but still felt like it was needed considering that this allows us to see the real Conan O’Brien who is just a real dude who wants things done. I actually do wish there was more of the negative parts to his character brought up but then again, I still thought it was fascinating.
Conan O’Brien is a guy that has feelings and does whatever he can to make anybody around him happy, smiling, and laughing all at the same time no matter what. He’s a pretty stand-up dude that has anger within him but is still able to get over that and just be able to please others without it just being an act for the others around him. I have always enjoyed Conan O’Brien but was never fully in love with him, but after seeing this flick I have finally realized that he is a comedic genius that is funny, entertaining, and real. Which is what a good documentary should do.
Consensus: Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is entertaining because it shows a lot what goes on back-stage and on-the-stage with plenty of funny moments, real showings of human emotions, and a lot of O’Brien just being himself which is a delight to see in the first place.