A new Conan O’Brien documentary has premiered at this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) event in Austin, Texas.
The documentary, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, is directed by Rodman Flender and follows Conan on his recent epic 32-city “The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour” where he played to thousands of fans in small & large theatres following his demise from NBC’s The Tonight Show, and prior to him starting his new talk show on TBS.
The synopsis on the SXSW website says: “After a much-publicized separation with his former employers, did Conan O’Brien hit the road on a 32-City tour to connect with his fans or fill a void within himself? Filmmaker Rodman Flender followed O’Brien on his “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour” and returned with an intimate portrait of an artist trained in improvisation, captured at the most improvisational time of his career”.
In a largely positive review Variety say: “More often than not, O’Brien appears to be having the time of his life onstage — interacting with longtime sidekick Andy Richter, cutting up with guest stars (including Jim Carry, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart), and vigorously and quite capably performing covers of country and rockabilly tunes with his band and two backup singers. He comes off as genuinely surprised — and extremely grateful — that, for the first time in his showbiz career, he says, people actually are paying to see him perform”.
Don’t expect a cinema release in the UK due to Conan’s relatively limited appeal here, but I understand it should be available on DVD worldwide in the coming months so keep an eye out for it.