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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 [...]

The Unceasing Honesty of Dan Harmon

Few people would relish the opportunity to have their lives documented in the midst of a low point peppered with job loss, substance abuse, self-doubt, and relationship woes, but in talking to Dan Harmon, it seems that he would have it no other way. In the recently released documentary Harmontown, director Neil Berkeley takes us along on a 20-date live podcast tour with Harmon and his cohorts after Harmon's dismissal from Community and during a somewhat uncertain time in his career and personal life. It's an entertaining and often uncomfortable look not only at Harmon, but also at the people who surround him in the personal and public worlds. I talked [...]

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.

'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.

James Franco's 'SNL' Documentary Is Available This Friday on Hulu Plus

The SNL documentary James Franco filmed way back in 2008 will finally be available to view this week. Franco shared the news on Instagram last night that the documentary, called Saturday Night, has found a home on Hulu Plus and will be released this Friday. The documentary — which began as a short NYU film project but turned into a full 90-minute feature centered on John Malkovich's week as SNL host — was originally set to be released through Focus Features back in March 2013 but since fell though. Saturday Night features cast members from season 34 including Bill Hader, Will Forte, Bobby Moynihan, Casey Wilson, and [...]

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.

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.

'Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro' Airs April 17th on Showtime

In addition to an upcoming HBO standup special, Tig Notaro has another big television event slated for this year when Showtime airs her new documentary Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro. The network revealed at TCA today that the special, which followed Notaro on her 2013 summer standup tour at fans' homes, is set to air on Friday, April 17th.

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, [...]