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  • Summary: After a much-publicized departure from hosting NBC's Tonight Show - and the severing of a 22-year relationship with the network - O'Brien hit the road with a 32-city music-and-comedy show to exercise his performing chops and exorcise a few demons. The "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny onAfter a much-publicized departure from hosting NBC's Tonight Show - and the severing of a 22-year relationship with the network - O'Brien hit the road with a 32-city music-and-comedy show to exercise his performing chops and exorcise a few demons. The "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour" was O'Brien's answer to a contractual stipulation that banned his appearance on television, radio and the Internet for six months following his last show. Filmmaker Rodman Flender's resulting documentary, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, is an intimate portrait of an artist trained in improvisation, captured at the most improvisational time of his career. It offers a window into the private writers room and rehearsal halls as O'Brien's "half-assed show" (his words) is almost instantly assembled and mounted to an adoring fan base. (Abramorama) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jun 22, 2011
    91
    An 
unexpectedly revealing, disconcerting documentary that benefits from the filmmaker's unmediated approach, his home-movie-
quality visual style, and his controlled use of on-the-fly moments.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jun 19, 2011
    80
    As entertaining as any showbiz documentary in recent memory.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jun 23, 2011
    80
    The film, like the tour, will satisfy the Conan cravings of hardcore fans the most, and prove an enjoyable enough diversion for the rest.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jun 19, 2011
    70
    The biggest laughs and most intriguing revelations are provided offstage in this slickly produced documentary, as O'Brien -- often pushing himself to the point of exhaustion before, during and after performances -- plays for keeps while playing for laughs.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 24, 2011
    63
    A serviceable behind-the-scenes tour documentary with about as much insight as a talk-show monologue.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 24, 2011
    50
    Lenny this is not. Still, it's nice to know that the son of a lawyer and a microbiologist can get into Harvard and make something of himself.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 19, 2011
    38
    Can't mask that, at heart, it's merely a trifling tour documentary that gives further excessive attention to the late-night star's 2010 ouster as The Tonight Show host.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jun 24, 2011
    10
    This movie is really, really funny. You get to see what Conan is like -- warts and all. His relationship with his assistant is priceless. IThis movie is really, really funny. You get to see what Conan is like -- warts and all. His relationship with his assistant is priceless. I laughed all the way through this movie. I highly recommend it. Expand
  2. Jun 24, 2011
    10
    STANDING OVATION at The South by Southwest Film Fest where I first saw this fab doc!
    The energy is amazing. Coco is on fire! Fueled by what
    STANDING OVATION at The South by Southwest Film Fest where I first saw this fab doc!
    The energy is amazing. Coco is on fire! Fueled by what must have been his ire at being summarily dismissed by execs at NBC (all of whom have since been fired) after only 7 months at The Tonight Show, he tears it up both onstage and off.
    But there is no pity. You see what he's like when he's "on" as well as when he's grumpy. And it ain't all roses.
    Conan has a wacky relationships with his ever-present assistant and Jeff, his long-time friend and producer.
    He even punches a writer! This documentary provides an unflinching view of what it is like to be a very gifted albeit tortured soul.
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  3. Jun 26, 2011
    6
    To continuously get up in front of a large number of people and try over and over again to make them laugh must take a tremendous amount ofTo continuously get up in front of a large number of people and try over and over again to make them laugh must take a tremendous amount of self confidence and a healthy ego. In Conan Oâ Expand
  4. Jul 8, 2011
    6
    It's a fun, amiable movie, but it's not strong enough on a music level, and it doesn't explore his career situation with enough depth to beIt's a fun, amiable movie, but it's not strong enough on a music level, and it doesn't explore his career situation with enough depth to be truly interesting. It's a decent companion piece to the 60 Minutes interview. You're holding your breath that the guy doesn't lose his voice through the movie, which is a hair uncomfortable. He seems like a really good guy. His relationship with the crew and his personal assistant are telling. Great to see him with Andy again. Expand
  5. Jun 26, 2011
    5
    I am a pretty big fan of Conan, but I found this documentary pretty bland. Conan is constantly complaining about the life on the road and I'mI am a pretty big fan of Conan, but I found this documentary pretty bland. Conan is constantly complaining about the life on the road and I'm not sure to believe this as genuine or mockumentary. Not much is learned in the behind the scenes interviews of Conan and his live shows segments are mishmashed together making them hard to follow and seem to miss vital comedy routine setup to make these segments funny.

    This might have been more interesting if it was aired before Conan started his new late night show, but knowing how everything turns out for him upsets the the mood this documentary tries to set.. Which is probably why I found it so unfulfilling.
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  6. Jul 25, 2013
    5
    This was decent and shows some really cool insight in who Conan O'Brien is as a person. However, I would've liked much more on stage footage,This was decent and shows some really cool insight in who Conan O'Brien is as a person. However, I would've liked much more on stage footage, especially some of the stand-up, and less singing and behind the scenes content. Sure, the behind the scene stuff is what gives some of the insight but a lot of it got rather repetitive and boring. I was hoping for a raw, stand-up special with some behind the scenes content, instead what we get is a documentary on Conan's tour with a few brief flashes of comedy thrown in. Expand
  7. Jul 11, 2014
    3
    Really like Conan, best Late Night host, but this documenation is **** he´s an **** and this documentation is boring, didnt even watch it toReally like Conan, best Late Night host, but this documenation is **** he´s an **** and this documentation is boring, didnt even watch it to the end Expand

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