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Review: Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (2011)

The documentary showing us the behind the scenes footage of Conan O’Brien’s Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour couldn’t have picked a better title. Through the revealing hour and half we really get to see the love/hate relationship he has with performing and his inability to ever stop making people laugh.

This BTS doc consists only of the time during Conan’s across the states tour. A short prologue of what happened with O’Brien, NBC, and Jay Leno is given, and a some text tells of what happens after the tour. Besides that, it is all Conan, all the time. He not only dominates every scene, but it basically in every scene.

I wouldn’t say this is some crazy look at the famous late night host that we have never seen before. Obviously, he is slightly different away from the bright lights, but he still has his sharp and sometimes demeaning humor not matter where he is. Some people say they lost some respect for him after watching Can’t Stop, but I don’t know why. If anything, I respect him more. Even though he is constantly signing autographs, taking pictures, and generally schmoozing it up with big wigs and fans alike, he continues. We get to see the wear and tear of this demand, and even though he hates it, he always goes out of his way to please his fans.

While I wouldn’t put this documentary on par with the likes of Man on Wire or King of Kong, if you are a fan of Conan O’Brien I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, or if you just want to see some of what celebrities have to do and the demand of their jobs and lifestyle.

My Rating: B


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