Like every other Conan O’Brien fan in the world, I was sad to see him leave ‘The Tonight Show’. While the whole debacle became speculation-filled chatter around water-coolers and news programs, O’Brien slipped into a very dark period of his life. The documentary ‘Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop’ takes you by the hand and walks you through the depressing post-‘Tonight Show’ life of O’Brien, showing you what it is like for him to lose his lifelong dream only four months after achieving it, and how laughter was the medicine that pulled him through.
Like the movie ‘Funny People‘ tried to convey, some comics lead very dark lives. The one thing that could help Conan through this trial was making people laugh – except that he was contractually restricted by NBC from appearing online, in movies or on television. He was legally bound from taking the prescription that could cure him. So, he launched a 44-show nationwide touring live show called “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television.”
Those who don’t like Conan O’Brien’s humor will be driven crazy by ‘Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop’. Literally, Conan cannot stop. He never stops joking. His humor is forever present – even when talking about the most serious subject matter. Picking on his assistant, staff and fans is a non-stop occurrence during the film. He always makes others feel uncomfortable. In other words, he is classic Conan.
‘Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop’ is not a revelation. It’s not world-changing. It’s simple a look at Conan’s sold-out live tour for those who couldn’t make it. It’s a serious look into the life of an entertainer who longs to make people laugh. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at a hilarious show filled with music, comedy and surprises. It is … Conan.