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'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' premieres at SXSW

Conan Now we know what Conan O'Brien was doing all those months in between quitting "The Tonight Show" and launching "Conan" on TBS: In addition to his live tour, he was being filmed for a documentary. “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” premiered Sunday at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, in advance of release across the U.S.

“It was tense for me to show it to him,” filmmaker Rodman Flender, who's known O'Brien since their days as Harvard undergraduates, told Rebecca Keegan at our sister blog 24 Frames. “He was putting off seeing it for the longest time and my editing process was such that I wanted to get the bones of the doc down before I wove in the concert footage. So he had to watch 90 minutes of himself yelling at people without any performance stuff.”

Photo: Conan O'Brien at SXSW. Credit: April Castro / Associated Press.

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Great doc on what drives a comedian. The need to connect with others and how in turn it can burn them out. Conan is never turned off even though he wants some down time, presented with a crowd of one or more he is compelled to entertain, albiet surly with those closest to him. However, his drive and pain are turned into our pleasure. Great show.


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