Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

Synopsis: A documentary on Conan O'Brien's comedy tour of the U.S. and Canada after leaving his post at "The Tonight Show" and severing his relationship with NBC.
Director(s): Rodman Flender
Production: Abramorama
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IMDB:
7.0
Metacritic:
64
Rotten Tomatoes:
81%
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Year:
2011
89 min
£267,097
Website
118 Views


I think these people

get on these cars

thinking they're gonna see...

"There's Brad Pitt.

He's sweeping off the sidewalk

in front of his house. Hey, there, Brad."

Hey, it's me, Conan O'Brien

from "The Tonight Show"! Hi!

I should have said,

"Formerly of 'The Tonight Show."'

O'Brien was announced

as Leno's "Tonight Show" successor

back in 2004,

and five years later,

his "Tonight Show" premiered.

But the network suits wanted to keep

the still-popular Jay Leno,

so they had an idea...

create a new prime-time talk show

for Jay Leno at 10:00 P.M.

That way they hold on to both

of their hosts and save money

on producing

original scripted programming.

But the experiment failed.

Critics panned Leno's show,

and the ratings went way down.

And Conan's "Tonight Show" ratings

were disappointing, as well.

So, they came up with another idea...

push the whole lineup later.

So, Jay Leno's show would go on

in the "Tonight Show" slot,

and "The Tonight Show"

would follow at 12:05 A.M.

I didn't want to be

the first "Tonight Show" host

to take "The Tonight Show"

into the next day,

so I said that didn't

really work for me.

Hey, hey! Ho, ho!

Jay Leno's show has got to go!

Hey, hey! Ho, ho!

Jay Leno's show has got to go!

Hey, hey!

Jay is a liar!

He said he'd retire!

Fight, fight, fight, fight!

I am prohibited

from being on television right now,

contractually, for the next 5, 6 months.

What if I could just go

out there and see these people

who were so nice and supportive

and put on a show for them?

And now it's... it's this.

It's... I don't know, 44 dates,

starting April 12th.

I'm 46, and what do I do now?

What else do I have to say?

And it's just trying

to figure that out right away,

and so the tour will be interesting, 'cause

I don't quite know what it's gonna be.

I just know that I've always liked

being in front of an audience.

That's all I know, is I really like

being in front of an audience.

You haven't stopped at all.

You started thinking about this

the day after your final "Tonight Show."

Day... the day of. Yeah.

Why do you think that is, and what

would that mean for you to stop?

I don't know

what it would be like to stop.

What do you mean, stop?

What does that even mean?

Really, my main goal for this

is to have some fun.

Do you think you could have fun

without an audience in front of you?

- We're in E, right?

- Yeah.

I really have fun

when I'm with the... with writers

or when I'm with musicians

and we're working things out.

Then I'm content.

- Hey!

- Hey!

- Hi, everybody.

- Hey!

- Did the eating already happen?

- It just happened.

I had an idea a couple days ago,

which was striking me as kind of funny,

which is go out and say,

"As you know, there are, whatever,

the seven stages of grief

that people go through."

It turns out there are seven stages

that you have to go through

when you lose your television show.

The first one is denial.

The last stage is

you get your ass to Cleveland.

Like, you make them the last stage.

"We're from Cleveland!"

Now, the whole point of this tour

was let's have some fun.

Yeah, get him. Hit him.

If there's ever been a time

in my life to just say...

Whoo, whoo!

"To hell with it," it's now.

We're about to start a 32-city tour,

and it's coming up fast, gang.

"Hey, Conan, how'd the fight go?"

"it went pretty good, I guess."

And you guys are worried about me

filling an hour and a half.

Just have fun and feel it.

You guys know enough about...

Yeah.

And we're doing this where,

you know, we're playing it like

I just, you know... I've never

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