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Pauly Shore's Road Documentary Premieres on Showtime December 4th

Pauly Shore is headed to Showtime. Deadline reports that the pay cable network has picked up Shore's documentary Pauly Shore Stands Alone to premiere on December 4th. Directed by and starring Shore, the documentary follows the actor and comedian during a standup tour across the Midwest "while grappling with aging, fading fame and his relationship with his Parkinson’s-suffering mother, Comedy Store founder Mitzi Shore." On the inspiration for the film, Shore told Deadline: "Down to my core of who I am, I’m a standup comic. A lot of comics go through personal things and have to put on a smile. I’m always doing schtick – I’m a comic, [...]

T.J. Miller, Maria Bamford, and More in the Trailer for the 'I Am Comic' Follow-up 'I Am Road Comic'

Here's the trailer for I Am Road Comic, director/standup Jordan Brady's follow-up to his 2010 documentary I Am Comic. The movie follows Brady being offered a headlining gig after decades away from the road, with interviews from T.J. Miller, Maria Bamford, Marc Maron, Pete Holmes, Judah Friedlander, Nikki Glaser, W. Kamau Bell, Doug Benson, Wayne Federman, Jen Kirkman, Tom Rhodes, Jim Norton, Alonzo Bodden, and more.

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.

Jack Black, John Oliver, Gillian Jacobs, and More Show Up in the Trailer for 'Harmontown'

Last year it was announced that Community creator Dan Harmon would be touring his live show/podcast Harmontown around the country then turning it into a documentary by director Neil Berkeley, and a new trailer was just released. This sneak peek features stars like Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Hardwick, and John Oliver attempting to explain who exactly Harmon is and includes some special appearances by Chevy Chase (in the form of blog screen caps and footage of the now infamous voicemail message). Harmontown debuts in select theaters as well as VOD on October 3rd.

A Documentary Was Made About Roseanne Barr's 2012 Presidential Bid

It seems so long ago at this point, but Roseanne Barr did run for President of the United States in 2012 and apparently, somebody filmed a documentary about her campaign. THR reports today that longtime Michael Moore collaborator Eric Weinrib made a documentary called Roseanne for President!, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at Barr's campaign. A year and a half after the election, the movie is currently in post-production and is expected to be finished sometime this year.

Roseanne for President! "followed Barr's gonzo campaign from its inception and gained access to her home, friends and family … [and] aims to illuminate how the system works by highlighting [...]

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.

Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson Turn The National's New Documentary into a Stage Play

Here's a new video Funny or Die made to help promote indie band The National's new documentary Mistaken for Strangers. In the video, respected thespians and former Bored to Death costars Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson decide to adapt the documentary into a stage play, and the result is a heated dramatic tale of two brothers whose lives are bound by love, music, and plenty of bickering.

Watch a Trailer for 'Supermensch', the Documentary Mike Myers Directed

Last year, Mike Myers surprisingly announced that he was making his directorial debut with a documentary about show business manager Shep Gordon, and here's the trailer for that movie, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. It looks to be a fun and celebrity-filled look at Gordon's life and career, if a little inside. "I met Shep Gordon in 1991 on the set of Wayne’s World. I thought he was a perfect combination of Brian Epstein, Marshall McLuhan and Mr. Magoo," Myers explains. "I’ve been trying to get Shep to agree to let me make a movie about him for 10 years. Last year he finally he said yes." Supermensch hits theaters [...]

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," [...]