When late night funnyman Conan O'Brien took his throne on the "Tonight Show" in June 2009, he made it quite apparent that this was the culmination of all his work in the biz. This was the show he'd been waiting all his life to host.
Six months later, he found himself cancelled.
The catastrophe had quite the impact on the giant, redheaded comedian, and the documentary "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" pulls back the curtain on the ups anddowns of his post-"Tonight Show" life, showing the funny and emotional sides of O'Brien.
"Can't Stop" focuses on O'Brien's efforts to mount a 30-city live show tour in the wake of his being fired from the "Tonight Show," a time period where he was legally prohibited from appearing on television (thus the aptly named "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour"). As one would expect, a movie with O'Brien at the center looks like a wild ride, non-stop jokes with a twinge of pain. After all, the guy did get fired.
Word from SXSW was that the movie, while certainly delivering on the laughs, is quite raw and shows O'Brien in some unexpectedly irate moments. You certainly get that from the trailer -- toward the end of the trailer especially, the host looks physically exhausted from all the singing, dancing and joke-telling. Thankfully, we know he (SPOILER ALERT!) lives in the end, so you know the movie may come through with a happy ending.
The movie is tentatively slated for a June 24 release.
Check out the trailer below or in HD at Apple.