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Inside 'Misery Loves Comedy' with Kevin Pollak

"Do you have to be miserable to be funny?" That's the question that comedian, actor, and podcast host Kevin Pollak sets out to explore with over 60 comics in a new documentary called Misery Loves Comedy, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last night and has already topped the iTunes charts since its VOD release last week. I recently spoke with Pollak about his first experience as a filmmaker, how to make a comedy documentary that's both serious and funny, and how he's learned to get great interviews from his fellow comedians.

Go Behind the Scenes of 'SNL' with the First Trailer for 'Live from New York'

Bao Nguyen's new documentary Live from New York opens the Tribeca Film Festival in New York next week, and the first trailer was released today. The trailer features interview excerpts from Laraine Newman, Amy Poehler, Candice Bergen, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Rudy Giuliani, and of course Lorne Michaels with his famous saying "We don't go on because we're ready, we go on because it's 11:30." The documentary hits theaters in New York, LA, and Chicago on Friday, June 12th.

Help Fund the Official Patrice O'Neal Documentary 'Better Than You'

There's a new documentary in the works about beloved standup Patrice O'Neal, and the producers behind the project have launched an Indiegogo campaign to turn it into a reality. Titled Better Than You, the documentary is an inside look at O'Neal's life and career and features interviews with O'Neal's friends, family, and fellow comedians like Bill Burr, Denis Leary, Jim Norton, Colin Quinn, Dane Cook, Rich Vos, and more. O’Neal’s longtime fiancée Von Decarlo is co-producing with Mark Farrell, who also directed the documentary. "When Von asked me to direct this movie, I was honored and humbled at the same time," Farrell said. "I’ve worked with some of [...]

'Monty Python: The Meaning of Live' to Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival

Get ready for another Monty Python reunion. According to The Wrap, a new documentary called Monty Python: The Meaning of Live is set to premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival followed by a 40th anniversary screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail as well as other Python screenings and live Q&As by John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. The documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at the group's work on last year's reunion shows in London and "examines the personalities, relationships, and circumstances that made the Pythons into a global phenomenon." Said Palin: "The Pythons are looking forward very much [...]

Inside the Boom and Bust Cycle of Standup Comedy with Jordan Brady

Jordan Brady’s love of comedy has carried him through two great comedy “booms” and “busts” over the past 30 years. Although he was a highly active comic during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Brady’s interests turned towards directing and producing. His experience in comedy and love for the art of stand-up led him to make I Am Comic in 2010, which presents deeply personal and insightful interviews with comedians such as Louis C.K., Phyllis Diller, Jim Gaffigan, Janeane Garofalo, Sarah Silverman, and Dave Attell.

More recently, in 2014, Brady released I Am Road Comic, which focuses more specifically on the unique issues that face comedians [...]

Inside the 'SNL' Documentary 'Live From New York!' with Director Bao Nguyen

The world premiere of the new Saturday Night Live documentary, Live From New York!, opened the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on April 15.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Director Bao Nguyen to discuss the process of making the documentary, what is was like to have access to the show’s archives, and how SNL can stay culturally relevant for the next 40 years.

Congratulations. Were you pleased with the response?

Thank you. Yeah, it was overwhelming. We, the team, have seen the film so many times, and we stopped laughing after a while with certain sketches. Just to see the response and really see how people still [...]

Here's the Trailer for Tig Notaro's Showtime Documentary 'Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro'

A new Tig Notaro documentary premieres on Showtime next week, and the pay network recently released the first trailer. Titled Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro, the documentary follows Notaro on her 2013 standup tour in fans' homes and backyards with Jon Dore. Knock Knock airs on Showtime Friday, April 17th at 9:00pm.

'Tickling Giants': The Story of the Meteoric Rise of Egypt's Jon Stewart and His Crusade for Freedom of Expression

Occasional Daily Show guest and one-time member of the Time 100 Influential Persons of the Year Bassem Youssef is more than just a late night host, cutting-edge satirist, and champion of free speech. He’s also a surgeon. Up until 2011, he did that job full-time. Inspired by the Arab Spring in his home country of Egypt and what he observed first hand treating protest victims in Tahrir Square, Dr. Youssef took not to the streets, but to the internet with a simple mission: to find laughter amidst the chaos.

Hundreds of millions — that’s right, hundreds of millions — of YouTube views, the love of many, the wrath of [...]

'Rebel with a Cause: The Sam Simon Story' Airs on Fusion This Sunday

The documentary Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon teamed up with Fusion to make last year is set to air one week after his death. According to Deadline, Rebel with a Cause: The Sam Simon Story will debut on Fusion this Sunday on 8:00pm and repeat on the network throughout the following week. "Our hope is to pay tribute to his life and career while also sparking an important conversation about animal rights and empowering young people to be a catalyst for change,” Fuson CEO Isaac Lee said on the project last year. The documentary follows the final months of Simon's life with colorectal cancer, in which he gave [...]

New Standup Documentary/Mockumentary 'Adventures in Comedy' Will Be Released on VOD February 20th

Back in August 2013, standup/director Tom McCaffrey crowdfunded a new documentary/mockumentary hybrid called This Is Comedy. Now titled Adventures in Comedy, the film has been completed and features McCaffrey as well as interviews with Jim Gaffigan, Janeane Garofalo, Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Michael Che, Ari Shaffir, Kurt Metzger, and more. Adventures in Comedy will be released by Comedy Dynamics and be available on February 20th on streaming platforms Hulu, Roku, Amazon, iOS, and Android.

Watch a Sneak Peek of 'Misery Loves Comedy' with Marc Maron and Judd Apatow

Kevin Pollak has a brand new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival next week called Misery Loves Comedy, which takes a closer look at every comedian's need to connect with audiences in the spirit of "misery loves company." Pollak interviewed over 60 comics and actors for the film like Maria Bamford, Jimmy Fallon, Larry David, Amy Schumer, Tom Hanks, Jim Gaffigan, and Steve Coogan. Ahead of the film's theatrical release next Friday (it's also out today on iTunes and Amazon), check out a sneak peek of Marc Maron musing on the "horrendous hurricane of bullshit" comedians put to use onstage, then watch another clip of Judd [...]

The New 'SNL' Documentary 'Live from New York' Premieres in Theaters June 12th

After opening the Tribeca Film Festival next month, a brand new SNL documentary might be headed to a theater near you in June. Variety reports that Bao Nguyen's Live from New York will hit theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago on Friday, June 12th. The documentary features archival footage and interviews with past and present cast, crew, and hosts like Tina Fey, Chevy Chase, Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin, Laraine Newman, Candice Bergen, John Goodman, and Amy Poehler. Hopefully it gets a VOD release date soon.

Here's the Trailer for 'Rebel with a Cause: The Sam Simon Story'

Fusion is celebrating the life of Sam Simon by airing a brand new documentary called Rebel with a Cause: The Sam Simon Story this weekend, which follows Simon's mission to donate most of his fortune to animal rights causes during the final months of his life. The documentary airs this Sunday, March 15th on Fusion and Fusion.net at 8:00pm.

A New 'SNL' Documentary 'Live from New York!' Premieres This April

A brand new SNL documentary is set to open the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival this April. According to THR, the documentary — called Live from New York! — will kick off the NYC film festival on April 15th and sounds like a pretty comprehensive look at the show's 40-year history "complete with archival footage and commentary from past and present cast members, journalists, hosts and crew, among others." Said Lorne Michaels on the news: "After 40 years, the timing just felt right." In the meantime, Hulu currently has James Franco's 2010 documentary Saturday Night available for free, so that should hold you over until April.