Q INTERVIEW: Why Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
Yet, the comedian agreed to let his old college friend Rodman Flender follow him with a camera throughout the tour, which included stops in Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton.
Flender intended to capture the hard work that goes into the making of comedy when he proposed the documentary to O'Brien, he told Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC's Q cultural affairs show. Flender, once head of production for horror master Roger Corman, also has a background in directing for television.
On the tour, he discovered O'Brien's constant need for an audience. The comedian is always playing, whether to a comedy club, to his staff or to the doorman at the hotel where he is staying, Flender says.
The result is Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, which debuts in cinemas in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver on Friday.