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.
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.
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.
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) [...]
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?
Right now would seem like an ideal time to release The Arrested Development Documentary Project. In the midst of an almost dizzying amount of excitement about the fourth season of Arrested Development, premiering May 26 on Netflix, the show has gotten more press and [...]
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," [...]
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 [...]
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.
Here's the inspiring trailer for Disarmed, a documentary that guitar-playing stand-up Nick Thune made about returning to the stage after he broke his arm, an accident that tragically left him unable to play the guitar for six weeks. The doc is set to debut next month on the YouTube comedy channel JASH, but you might as well just give Nick Thune his Oscar now.
There's a new documentary about Richard Pryor coming to TV next month. Deadline reports that Showtime will be debuting Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic on Friday, May 31st, a month after the movie premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. From director Marina Zenovich and writer P.G. Morgan, who made Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired together, the Pryor doc follows the iconic comedian's life from his rough childhood in Illinois to his ascendance to one of the country's most revered stand-ups and comedic actors in the 1970s. The comedian's widow, Jennifer Pryor, executive produced Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, which features interviews with Mel Brooks, Lily Tomlin, Robin Williams, [...]
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.
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.
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.
Here's PBS's new Mel Brooks documentary, which aired last week. Entitled Mel Brooks: Make a Noise it's a part of the network's American Masters series that features new interviews with Brooks and collaborators and peers like Joan Rivers, Rob Reiner, Richard Lewis, Nathan Lane, Barry Levinson, Tracy Ullman, David Steinberg, Neil Simon, and Carl Reiner
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