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.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.