EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Director Rodman Flender talks 'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop'

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 10:45
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Opening in theaters on June 24th is filmmaker Rodman Flender's documentary about talk show host Conan O'Brien's "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour" entitled Conan O'Brien Can't Stop. The film chronicles the 32-city music-and-comedy tour that O'Brien and his cast embarked on in 2010 after he was fired from The Tonight Show and legally forced off of television until his return to TBS later that year. The film features Conan O'Brien, his sidekick Andy Richter, the cast and crew of his show, as well as many famous friends including Jack White (The White Stripes), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Jim Carrey (Mr. Popper's Penguins), Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report), Jon Stewart (The Daily Show), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), and Jon Hamm (Mad Men). IAR's managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down and speak with filmmaker Rodman Flender about the new film, the tour, the daunting task of editing hundreds of hours of footage, how he obtained access to the famous talk show host, and just exactly why Conan O'Brien Can't Stop.

To watch our exclusive interview with filmmaker Rodman Flender about Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, please click on the video player above.


After a much–publicized departure from hosting NBC’s Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien hit the road with a 32-city music-and-comedy show to exercise his performing chops and exorcise a few demons. Filmmaker Rodman Flender’s 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 “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour” is almost instantly assembled and mounted to an adoring fan base.  At times angry, mostly hilarious, we see a comic who does not stop -- performing, singing, pushing his staff and himself.  Did Conan O’Brien hit the road to give something back to his loyal fans, or did he travel across the continent, stopping at cities large and remote to fill a void within himself?

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop opens in theaters on June 24th.

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