With only passing references to the Tonight Show debacle, the road documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop follows the titular talk show host as he embarks on a post-NBC comedy tour. Director Rodman Flender, who’s had an interesting career helming television shows and horror films, follows Conan from tour prep through finale as the musically-inclined comedian torments his staff, humors his fans, and forces a smile through an endless series of awkward meet and greets. The film contains plenty of celebrity cameos from the likes of Jim Carrey, Margaret Cho, and Stephen Colbert as well as the occasional appearance by faithful sidekick Andy Richter. Conan comes across as a likable guy who seemingly embodies his television persona. Everything is a setup for him, all conversations are turned into a series of oftentimes clever quips (and Conan’s the first to point out when they aren’t clever). An easy watch that won’t reach the heights of hilarity unless you’re a member of Team Coco.
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop opens today at the Ritz at the Bourse.