"I think stand ups who have something to say are interesting … The lineage of Lenny Bruce to George Carlin to Richard Pryor to Bill Hicks. Not Jerry Seinfeld, let me put it that way. He talks about why pizza is stuffed with cheese in the crust. I’m not saying that doesn’t have its place, but with all due respect, it’s quite superficial. But a lot of people like that milquetoast stuff."
- Eddie Pepitone (The Bitter Buddha, WTF with Marc Maron) to IFC on the comedians that do and do not inspire him.
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?
Making a documentary about a man who is both a living comedy legend and an under-appreciated genius is walking a tight rope. How does one show-off his brilliance while exploring why he’s struggled to succeed? And is it possible to fairly assess a comic, [...]
The Bitter Buddha, the documentary centered on comedian Eddie Pepitone (Conan, WTF with Marc Maron), kicks off a week-long run at NYC's Cinema Village tomorrow. Julie Klausner (How Was Your Week?) is hosting a live Q&A with Pepitone himself after the 7pm screening tomorrow. Get your tickets here if you want to experience Eddie Pepitone's oddly sweet and poetic rage in person.
This is a clip from the upcoming Steven Feinartz documentary about Eddie Pepitone, which sadly won't be completely animated. It would've been like Watlz With Bashir but (only slightly) less depressing. The film is supposed to come out later this year, so check back in more clips where people are drawn with incredibly dark eyes, giant torsos, and legs that look like candlestick bowling pins.
Last year, comedian Eddie Pepitone (WTF with Marc Maron, Conan) was the subject of a really funny and sweet documentary called The Bitter Buddha. Starting this month, the movie will get a limited theatrical run in big cities across the country. Directed by Steven Feinartz, The Bitter Buddha features cameos from Pepitone's comedian friends like Marc Maron, Scott Aukerman, Sarah Silverman, and tons more, and offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of the funniest comedians going. Click on over to the movie's Facebook page for a list of screenings if you're interested in watching a movie that captures Eddie Pepitone getting a parking ticket, feeding squirrels [...]
This trailer for The Bitter Buddha, the upcoming documentary about Eddie Pepitone directed by Steven Feinartz, may not teach you anything new about the man himself, but it will definitely make you remember his name. And his impressive roster of admirers: Andy Daly, Andy Kindler, BJ Novak, Dana Gould, James Adomian, Jen Kirkman, Jim Earl, Leo Allen, Marc Maron, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins, Paul Provenza, Rob Huebel, Sarah Silverman, Scott Aukerman, Sean Conroy, Todd Barry, Todd Glass and Zach Galifianakis will all appear in the movie. Now you just have to remember to see the movie.
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