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Diving Into the Cult of Dan Harmon in 'Harmontown'

When introducing the documentary Harmontown at the South by Southwest Film Festival, director Neil Berkeley (Beauty is Embarrassing) described his film's thesis, saying, “The point of this film is not about whether Dan Harmon is a good person or a bad person, but to understand why people are in that room listening to him.” The film follows Harmon on tour with his Harmontown podcast shortly after the embattled show runner's firing from Community in early 2013. Berkeley's remarks make clear it's less a tour doc than a character study, in a similar vein to Rodman Flender's doc, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, which premiered in 2011 also at SXSW. And [...]

Here's Bill Watterson's First Cartoon in 19 Years

The elusive man behind Calvin and Hobbes has given his first on-camera interview and published his first cartoon in nearly two decades. According to Slate, Bill Watterson recently sat down for his "first-ever recorded interview" with David Kellett and Fred Schroeder for their forthcoming comic strip-focused documentary called Stripped. After viewing the film, Watterson liked it so much that he offered to draw up a poster for it, which the makers are boasting as the reclusive artist's first published cartoon in 19 years. Click through to watch the Stripped trailer and view a full-size version of the poster.

Help Fund the Standup Documentary/Mockumentary Hybrid 'This Is Comedy'

Standup/director Tom McCaffrey is seeking funding via Kickstarter for his new movie, This Is Comedy, a combination documentary/mockumentary that will chronicle the lives of real standup comedians while also documenting the fake struggles of McCaffrey. He's already shot interviews with Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Margaret Cho, Sean Patton, and others, and is looking for $17,500 finish the film in case you have that much money to give or just a fraction of it.

Watch a Trailer for the 'Calvin and Hobbes' Documentary 'Dear Mr. Watterson'

Here's the trailer for Dear Mr. Watterson, an upcoming documentary exploring the impact of Bill Watterson's 1985-1995 comic strip Calvin & Hobbes. After working on it for six years, filmmaker Joel Schroeder raised funds to finish the project via Kickstarter last year. It was announced yesterday that the movie will be debuting in theaters and on demand November 15th.

Documentary Series 'Modern Comedian' Profiles Stand-Up Beth Stelling

This is the latest episode of filmmaker Scott Moran's excellent comedy documentary series Modern Comedian, which was just released today. The episode follows L.A.-based stand-up Beth Stelling and how her love of sweets is wreaking havoc on her teeth. Comedians are so wild and crazy.

Ken Burns Made a Short Documentary About Eugene Mirman

Here's a mini-documentary that Ken Burns made about Eugene Mirman for Hampshire College, a school they both attended. Watch Ken Burns bring the same attention he gave to the Civil War and American baseball to waking up Eugene Mirman with a camera crew hovering over his bed. (via The Comic's Comic)

Kevin Pollak Is Making a Documentary About Comedians Featuring Jim Gaffigan, Christopher Guest, and More

The world is about to get one more comedy documentary. Variety reports actor/comedian Kevin Pollak is set to direct a new film called Misery Loves Comedy, which "uses interviews, day-in-the-life sequences, archival and historic footage and photos, observations, essays and insights to explore why a person would come into this line of work." Pollak has an impressive roster of comedians lined up to be featured in the documentary, including Michael Ian Black, Rob Delaney, Jon Favreau, Paul Feig, Jim Gaffigan, Christopher Guest, Chris Hardwick, Penn Jillette, Richard Kind Lisa Kudrow, and more, so get ready to watch more comedians talk about comedy whenever this thing comes out.

Watch 'Modern Comedian's Profile of Reggie Watts

Here's the latest episode of Scott Moran's excellent documentary series Modern Comedian, which profiles Reggie Watts and his fascination with time travel. It features a performance by Watts of time travel songs and him telling a weird story about huffing freon.

Tig Notaro Wants to Perform in Your Backyard for Her Upcoming Showtime Documentary

Showtime has just greenlit a new documentary called Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro, one that'll follow around the comic for her tour later this summer as she stages private shows in fans' barns, living rooms, back yards, driveways, and any other area they have access to that can fit some friends to watch some comedy. It'll also include "guest appearances from her famous and funny friends," of which she has many. Sounds like fun! And hey, you can be involved if you wanna have Tig perform at your pad. Just head to TigRoadtrip.com and pitch her on just why you should host her.

Looking at Richard Pryor's Career, Demons and All, in 'Omit the Logic'

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Marina Zenovich, premieres tomorrow night at 9pm on Showtime. Considering its sold out premiere at Tribeca Festival prompted one scalper to sell tickets for a 100% mark-up on Craigslist, Showtime subscribers may want to see what their passwords are worth.

This latest documentary about the iconic standup will air during a boon of excellent new documentaries about trail blazing comic geniuses, including Elaine Stritch (Sundance Selects), Mel Brooks (PBS), and Moms Mabley (HBO). It certainly holds its own as biographical TV specials go. The result is a fine primer for the uninitiated and a Valentine for prior (pun intended) [...]

Watch a Trailer for the Dan Harmon Documentary 'Harmontown'

Last year, after having been fired from his TV show Community, creator Dan Harmon took his live show/podcast Harmontown on a nationwide tour and it was filmed for a documentary by director Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing). Here's the trailer to that very documentary, featuring appearances from Sarah Silverman, John Oliver, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Jack Black, and more. The movie is also called Harmontown, and it premieres at South by Southwest on March 8th.

Someone Is Funding a 'Ghostbusters II' Documentary on Kickstarter

Oregon-based filmmaker Bradley Bjornstad has taken to Kickstarter to raise money for a pair of Ghostbusters II-related projects. He's asking for $100,000 to make a documentary about how the production of the disappointing sequel went awry, and he's also looking to use the money to create "a definitive Ghostbusters 2 Extended Cut" with deleted scenes from the cutting room floor restored back into the movie, including a key plot point about Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) training to be a Ghostbuster that didn't make it into the final cut of the film.

Bjornstad wants the documentary to feature interviews with "every main cast member and the main principles behind the camera," [...]

Mike Myers to Make Directorial Debut with Documentary 'Supermensch'

It's been four years since Mike Myers made his last live action movie, but he's set to return to the feature world on the other side of the camera this time around. Deadline reports that Myers is set to make his directorial debut on a documentary called Supermensch. Myers will also produce the film, which will follow the life of Shep Gordon, a veteran talent manager with a reputation as one of the nicest people in the industry. He's represented Blondie, Luther Vandross, Raquel Welch, among others.

Myers became friends with Gordon while working on Wayne's World over 20 years ago when he was seeking to use a song [...]

'Modern Comedian' Profiles 65-Year-Old Standup James Heneghen

Here's the latest episode of filmmaker Scott Moran's excellent documentary series Modern Comedian. This time, he's profiling James Heneghen, a 65-year-old road comedian from Seattle, and it's an interesting look at the life of a comedian who chose the road over seeking fame and fortune in one of the nation's big comedy cities.