Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop
The documentary “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” by Rodman Flender is out and I went to see it not only because for a “blink and you’ll miss me” shot of me in it but also because this movie is special to me.
I have always been a Conan O’Brien fan, his humor from The Simpsons straight through to The Tonight Show has ALWAYS been the funniest, most original comedy I have ever seen. For me The Tonight Show ended on January 22, 2010, I have never nor will I ever watch it again, there’s no need, I saw it done originally and the best it had been done in 20+ years, Conan’s too brief time on it showed me why it had become such an institution in television, that when done right it’s not just another talk show, it was the pinnacle of comedy. No matter how bad your day was you could sit down and decompress and just laugh, that was what Conan’s Tonight Show was just like Johnny had made it years earlier. I can’t ever say enough nice things about Conan, I have been lucky enough to have met him 4 times and each time he has been nicer, genuine and had actual conversations with me, which is sadly rare among celebrities of his caliber. I list him as the only celebrity I would ever rally for and I did, I spent all day in the rain holding a Team Coco for life sign and I did it because he deserved it, I was there for over 10 hours in the rain being soaked to the bone and I count it as one of the best experiences of my life. I won’t really go into the whole Jay Vs. Conan thing, everyone knows what happened and if you don’t then there’s yet another reason to see this movie. This brilliantly made documentary is that chunk of Conan’s life, a small window into what happened to Conan and it shows what I expected to see, Conan handling the situation with more class, dignity and humor than I ever expect to have in my life. Being unjustly fired from his dream job should have broken him and his spirit but the movie shows a man beaten but not down, the second the Tonight Show ended he was planning his Vaudevillian return to the stage for his fans and more importantly for him. This is an honest view of an exhausted entertainer that even when he’s given all he can he still makes time for every fan and since I have been one of those fans I can assure you he does. When Conan tweeted he was rehearsing near Circus Liquor I drove down there and spotted members of his staff and supporting actors outside the Madilyn Clark Studios and from what I was told by them I was the only fan to find him. Jeff Ross, his producer, told me that Conan had been told I was outside and to wait there and when he was done rehearsing he’d come out and say hi and very soon after I was told that, he came out and spent a few minutes talking to me and actually thanked ME for coming to see him. This movie shows this over and over,no matter how tired he always made time for the fans. It also shows a different side of Conan, the non-censored highs and lows of dealing with what happened to him but even when two seconds after meeting someone, he would close the door and swear you could see that he wasn’t swearing because of the fans, he was swearing because he can’t stop. He can’t stop working, he can’t stop talking, he can’t stop entertaining, he just can’t stop and I believe it is that drive that has made him the winner in the whole Tonight Show debacle, not only did he out-class everyone in that situation but he came out with a legion of fans, a new show and the respect of myself and millions of others. So if you have a chance go see this incredibly well made documentary, it is the most personal and the most hilarious home movie of Conan O’ Brien you will ever see.
After our showing Rodman Flender( the man behind the documentary) and Conan O’Brien (the man) took the stage and did a little Q and A that to no ones surprise was the funniest thing ever and even just like I had seen in real life and it was shown in the movie, after the Q and A Conan hung out behind the theatre signing autographs and taking pictures with everyone there, he truly is there for his fans and we love him even more for it.
So to Conan I would like to thank you for making me laugh night after night, I truly think of you as an inspiration.
…and in case you needed another reason to admire the guy, here is his final Tonight Show speech where legally he could have said anything.
“All I ask is one thing, and I’m asking this particularly of young people: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism, for the record, it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”
— Conan O’Brien
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