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Watching Jerry Seinfeld in Comedian

It’s no secret that sometimes comedy is taken a bit too seriously. Comedy obsessives love not just the jokes, but the mechanics and emotions of the comedy world. There are a raft of comedy documentaries exploring comedy and comedians, but do they really have anything significant to add to the discussion? This series looks at comedy documentaries and whether they’re interesting, insightful, and possibly even…funny?

It’s hard for me to believe that Comedian is 10 years old. I remember watching it on DVD not long after it came out (I suppose I got it from Blockbuster? I don’t really remember how that worked), and loving the behind-the-scenes world of [...]

Kristen Wiig and Robert De Niro To Star in Comedian

Kristen Wiig and Robert De Niro will star in a drama called Comedian, to be directed by Sean Penn. In the film, De Niro's washed-up comedian character is forced to perform community service where "he meets a dazzling redhead (Wiig) who turns his life sideways." Ooh la la! Should be pretty interesting to see Wiig in a serious role opposite De Niro. And the script was written by Art Linson with Roastmaster General Jeffrey Ross, who definitely knows a thing or two about life as a comedian. Shooting doesn't start till this spring, which gives us plenty of time to rent The King of Comedy and prepare to [...]

Where Has the Conceptual Comedy Trailer Gone?

It has long been a known fact of the universe that movie trailers are their own breed and not necessarily indicative of the quality or Funniness Quotient (one popular made-up measurement which is determined using the formula [{Witticisms*Wordplay} + Situational Zaniness + Character Reality] – [Nut Shots + Animal Characters] = FQ) of the movie itself.

That doesn't mean they can't be appreciated as their own form. Take the Pineapple Express trailer, a notorious case of the trailer being way better than the movie.