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 [...]
Living comedy legend Martin Short is set to star in his first movie in several years, and it's a pretty prestigious one. The Wrap reports that Short has been cast in Paul Thomas Anderson's new movie Inherent Vice, an adaptation of the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as pothead private eye Doc Sportello, who's investigating the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend. Short joins a supporting cast that also includes Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, and Reese Witherspoon. Short's small role in the movie is being kept under wraps. He recently starred in Mulaney, SNL writer/stand-up John Mulaney's Lorne Michaels-produced sitcom that [...]
Old School stars Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn are set to reunite. Paramount announced yesterday that the duo will be starring alongside each other in Daddy's Home, a project Ferrell has been attached to for over three years. The movie follows "a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad ever to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling, freeloading real father (Vaughn) arrives, forcing stepdad to compete for the affection of the kids."
Ferrell originally signed on to play the other part in 2010 with Ed Helms cast as the wimpy stepdad. Helms is no longer involved in Daddy's Home, which is being [...]
Maybe the most satisfying part of making comedy (as opposed to dramas or action movies or movies where teenagers kill each other in a weird tournament for some reason) is that you can listen to your audience’s laughter to gauge if you’ve succeeded or not. If they laugh, you’ve succeeded — it’s that simple. Accordingly, there’s very little more uncomfortable to a comedian than a completely silent audience — and conversely, there’s nothing more satisfying than hearing a crowd screaming with laughter at a joke that you’ve labored over for months.
In that way, The Exquisite Corpse Project has been really successful (much to our tremendous relief), and [...]
It needs to have a cute, little kid who is always outsmarting the grown-ups. There. That's it. That's what's going to make your movie stand above the rest: a little kid — a cute, little kid — and he has to be clever and cute, and, most importantly, he must outsmart the grown-ups. That's what the audience wants, and that's what you will give them.
Here's why this is going to work. Let's say you've got this other guy in your movie, this uptight accountant-type. A real square peg who's always bringing the mood down with his lectures and polo shirt. He thinks he's going to spend all of [...]