Thursday, January 26, 2012

Conan OBrien: Can't Stop (Netflix Review)

Conan O'Brien: Can't Stop

Cast:  Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter

Director: Rodman Flender

**'s out of four

For me Conan O'Brien is one of my favorite late night talk show hosts.  He's my generation's David Letterman.  When he got picked to be the host of "The Tonight Show".  I was thrilled because it felt like youth was rebelling against the old and we have just won our first victory.  When Jay Leno wanted to have his old job back as host . I lost respect for him, as well as the suits over at NBC for trying to move Conan to a later time slot.    That would be like getting a job as a supervisor of a group of stores, and than being demoted to a manager of just one store.  With the options he was giving.  Coco really had no choice but to leave NBC and seek out other opportunities.  This documentary highlights a concert tour he did before he got his stint on TBS.

I'm sure it's never easy to entertain large amounts of people night after night, and this movie shows you the kind of stress Conan goes through to put this show together. With the high amount of work that is done.  I'm amazed that he is able to still entertain the crowd like he does.   Even on his days off he still is performing.  On one of those days he decides to play a late show at a school reunion.  I don't think it could have paid much but he still did it.    

The movie works best when the action is backstage and on the road.  I never did find any of the actual live show that funny because all of the jokes were just centered on Conan being fired from NBC.  I saw the last week of episodes when he was host and they were funny than.  I don't need to hear those same jokes now.   There are moments backstage when he attacks some of his staff and friends that I thought was a little mean, and may make people feel uncomfortable.  But they are the same type of joking around that most friends will do to each other anyway.   In one key moment. Conan is making fun of actor Jack McBrayer("30 Rock") to the point I think he is crying but than when starts dancing after a banjo starts playing.  I knew he was in on the joke too.

If you're looking to see some of Coco's classic comedy, watch his show on TBS.  If you like watching insights into how a performer does the things he does and why he does it.  Check this one out.

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