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Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

As you may recall, O'Brien inherited The Tonight Show in 2009 when NBC moved Jay Leno into prime time, then lost the show six months later when his and Leno's dismal ratings forced the network to reverse its decision. This concert documentary follows O'Brien on his subsequent 44-city "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny Tour," conducted in the six-month broadcasting blackout he agreed to as part of his $32 million settlement with NBC. O'Brien admits to documentary maker Rodman Flender that he's still furious about what went down, and though he proclaims himself "the least entitled person you will meet in the world," he also manages to compare himself to Anne Frank at one point. Behind-the-scenes footage of the show's rehearsal and development, and of the tour itself, show O'Brien to be a fairly unpleasant man, tense and self-obsessed, endlessly needling and browbeating his staff. Everyone laughs at the boss's jokes, which are incessant to the point of irritation, but actual levity is in short supply.



  • Rodman Flender


  • Gavin Polone
  • Rachel Griffin
  • Kathy Landsberg

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