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Misery Loves Comedy (2015)

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Over fifty very famous American, Canadian, British and Australian funny people (filmmakers, writers, actors and comedians) share life and professional journeys and insights, in an effort to shed light on the thesis: Do you have to be miserable to be funny?

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Over fifty very famous American, Canadian, British and Australian funny people (filmmakers, writers, actors and comedians) share life and professional journeys and insights, in an effort to shed light on the thesis: Do you have to be miserable to be funny?

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Kevin Pollak explores the dark side of comedy in this fascinating documentary.


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Misery Loves Comedy
7 January 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Misery Loves Comedy (2015)

*** (out of 4)

Director Kevin Pollak, also a comedian, directs this documentary that gathers a large number of comedians and asks them various questions about the profession. This includes what their parents thought of their career choice, the "hey look at me disease," the drug of being on stage and if one needs to be mentally messed up in order to be good at their job.

Jason Alexander, Amy Schumer, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Preddie Prinze, Jr., Kevin Smith, Matthew Perry, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Fallon, Lewis Black, Martin Short, David Koechner, Bob Saget, Larry David, Kevin Nealon, Richard Lewis, Andy Richter and Jim Norton are just a few of the comedians who are interviewed here.

For the most part this is an entertaining documentary and especially when you consider they've got so many well-known comics including many in the current mainstream. Even Tom Hanks is interviewed here and shares a couple funny stories. The highlights of the film are actually the moments with Freddie Prinze, Jr. who talks about following in the footsteps of a very famous father who was also notorious on how his life ended. You really get to see a different side to Prinze and someone those familiar with his movie roles won't recognize.


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