Since you’ve undoubtedly already read the headline, I’ll spare you the “Coco At the Movies?” misdirection and get straight to the point.
No, our favorite redhead isn’t going to star in a fictional feature film any time soon; instead, Deadline Hollywood reports that “early talks are underway” for a documentary of O’Brien’s upcoming 30-city tour, which runs from April 12th to June 14th.
The show, titled “The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour,” is billed on the official site as “a night of music, comedy, hugging, and the occasional awkward silence.” Deadline reveals Media Rights Capitol has eyes on financing and a director is already circling the project: Rodman Flender, director of Idle Hands and Leprechaun 2. Strange choice, right?
As talented as O’Brien and his staff are, I feel like anyone with experience behind the camera could direct a documentary about this show and come out with genuinely hilarious material. (That’s not a dig against Flender, who I’m sure will do fine if this project comes to fruition. Rather, it’s a compliment to the comedic skills of those participating in front of the camera.)
O’Brien – who is not allowed to be on television until September, due to contractual obligations – won’t incur any legal wrath by appearing in a documentary. Deadline also mentions the potential documentary will be feature length. They fail to mention whether Conan will be allowed to bring his infamous characters – like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and the Masturbating Bear – along with him, since those characters may actually be the intellectual property of NBC.
After seeing (and enjoying) Vince Vaughn’s absurdly-titled Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland stand-up tour documentary a couple of years ago, I think Conan and company could turn out a superior product with a similar format. The passion of the crowd will certainly be fully on display during Conan’s tour and undoubtedly in the resulting documentary. The “I’m with Coco” rallies since his departure from NBC have lit a fire under his fan base, who are now eager to show their support until Conan finds a new desk at another network.
I was one of the hundreds who attended the Los Angeles rally outside of Conan’s set on the Universal lot, but I won’t be attending this tour because tickets in the L.A. area are already up to an astounding $96 dollars. If you plan on attending one of the shows near you, I’d suggest buying your tickets quickly.
Head on over to TeamCoco.com for tickets and the full tour schedule, and keep your eyes glued to Conan’s new Twitter account (@conanobrien) for updates and general hilarity.
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