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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.

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 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 [...]

Kevin Pollak Cast in CBS's 'Beverly Hills Cop' Reboot

Last month, CBS greenlit a pilot for a TV version of the popular '80s movie series Beverly Hills Cop, and now comedian/actor Kevin Pollak has been cast in the show in a supporting role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show, also titled Beverly Hills Cop, will star Brandon T. Jackson as Aaron Foley, the son of the franchise's original protagonist Axel Foley. Created by The Shield's Shawn Ryan, the Beverly Hills Cop show is described as "an hour-long crime procedural with comedic elements. " Pollak will play Rodney Daloof, the loudmouth bullyish in-house lawyer for the Beverly Hills Police Department. Eddie Murphy will reprise his role as Axel Foley [...]

Watch a Two-Hour Interview with Michael Showalter

Michael Showalter has been part of a lot of great comedy things, from The State and Stella to Wet Hot American Summer and most recently They Came Together starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. Recently Showalter sat down for a long meandering talk on The Kevin Pollak Chat Show that covers everything from his favorite Olympics sports to getting his start as an intern on The Ha! Channel before it was called Comedy Central to his love for, and expertise on, all things cats.

A Fairly Comprehensive Guide to Comedy Podcasts

UPDATE: Come check out the newer, much-expanded version of this guide: A Seriously Comprehensive Guide to Comedy Podcasts. It's this guide, plus tens more podcasts with in-depth reviews!

With the recent explosion in podcasts, it seems we are in the midst of a new comedic golden age. The distance between performers and fans has never been smaller, and more and more comics are taking advantage by increasing their output, like an army of Lil Waynes armed to the teeth with mixtapes. The market is now saturated with comedy podcasts containing trace elements of late night talk show, sketch fest, improv exercise, intimate stand-up session, and backroom history lesson [...]