The long, strange story of Conan O’Brien‘s exit from NBC and the national comedy/music revue tour that followed gets its final chapter — or coda, really — in the form of the documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop. The film premiered at SXSW and landed distribution that will see the film hitting VOD and AT&T’s U-verse platforms before a small theatrical opening. (In other words, watch it on VOD when you get the chance, because it might not play your town.) The film was praised for offering a relatively unvarnished look at the behind the scenes production of Conan’s tour, and for showing people the less-flattering aspects of his mental state at the time. You’ll get a glimpse of that in the new trailer for the film, which is after the break. Read More »
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Conan O’Brien returned to late night on Monday with his new talk show Conan on cable station TBS. What did you think of Conan’s return? What did you think of the set? I’m glad to see Andy Richter sitting back on the coach. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below!
For those who might have missed it, I’ve embedded a bunch of highlights including the cold open and monologue after the jump.
Posted on Monday, June 1st, 2009 by Hunter Stephenson
The debut of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien ended just minutes ago, with Will Ferrell as the sole guest (nice entrance), music by Pearl Jam (good choice for the youngs?), and Andy Richter adding a welcome, if plentiful, laugh track. Also: myriad Choco Taco jokes. The show began with Conan—his red wave on high—introducing a pre-taped segment in which he sprinted in a suit from New York to his new HQ in L.A. on the Universal lot. His soundtrack? Cheap Trick’s “Surrender.”
For the most part, Conan played it safe with the transition. There was a bit of his signature hyper-giddiness schtick per the takeover, but no big surprises or real inventiveness. His monologue even contained a flat L.A. Clippers joke that too closely mirrored one (of thousands) that Jay Leno phoned in during his womp-womp send-off last week. (Though Leno’s final monologue tribute to Rodney Dangerfield was respectable.) For me the two highlights tonight were the new set, which looks huge on the tube and incredibly classy in high-def, and knowing that The Chin is finally gone…albeit still on NBC in an earlier slot.
Unlike Ferrell, who proclaimed that Conan’s success was a “crapshoot,” we think he’ll do fine. What did you think? How do you foresee Conan, his hair, Andy and Max doing in the months and years ahead?
Editor’s Note: I’ve included a video of the show’s opening after the jump.
New Line has released a new Red Band (read: R-Rated or uncensored) movie trailer for Will Ferrell’s upcoming comedy Semi-Pro, and it actually makes the movie look funny (unlike every piece of advertising that has come before it). Walk Hard suffered from the same problem. Most people were turned off by the film’s advertising. The Red Band trailer was funny but very few people saw it, and even fewer bought a ticket to Dewey Cox this weekend, which is a shame. But Will Ferrell is a much more viable as a comedy star, and this film shouldn’t have problem doing business. Watch the new Semi-Pro Red Band Trailer below.
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