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?


Kevin Pollak
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Alexander ... Self - Interviewee
Judd Apatow ... Self - Interviewee
Scott Aukerman ... Self - Interviewee
Maria Bamford ... Self - Interviewee
Mike Birbiglia ... Self - Interviewee
Lewis Black ... Self - Interviewee
James L. Brooks ... Self - Interviewee
Rob Brydon ... Self - Interviewee
Bobby Cannavale ... Self - Interviewee
Kelly Carlin-McCall Kelly Carlin-McCall ... Self - Interviewee (as Kelly Carlin)
Jemaine Clement ... Self - Interviewee
Steve Coogan ... Self - Interviewee
Anthony Cumia ... Self - Interviewee
Larry David ... Self - Interviewee
Rob Delaney ... Self - Interviewee


A group of stand-up comics, comedic actors and comedic filmmakers are individually interviewed about different aspects of the profession especially as it relates to their personal life. The topics of questions and answers include: the relationship with their parents with regard to their comedy; why they chose what is a natural kid's path of wanting attention as a career; when and/or how they discovered how comedy really works; the rush or high of performing; the need for public adoration; the comics that they admired early in their career and what material they may have stolen from other comics; when they knew their comedy had matured to professional status; the feeling of bombing; the relationship with peers, especially in comparison to relationships with non-comics; and the process of putting in the countless hours. The ultimate question placed to them is do you have to be miserable to be funny? Written by Huggo

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



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This film features the first time Freddie Prinze Jr. has ever publicly discussed his father, comedian and sitcom actor Freddie Prinze. Prinze Jr. was less than a year old when his father committed suicide by self-inflicted gunshot on January 29, 1977. See more »


References Family Matters (1989) See more »

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Where are the female comedians?
21 August 2015 | by Spiff666See all my reviews

I'm glad previous reviewers have seen fit to mention the comedians who were unjustly missing from this film.

To that, I'll just add: Only about 10% of the subjects in the film are women.

Did the producers even try to interview more female comedians?

Surely (Shirley?) there is a female perspective on the main focus of this film that is almost entirely missing.

Where are:

Tig Notaro?

Lilly Tomlin?

Jane Curtin?

Carol Burnett?

Just to name a few ...

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14 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »


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$5,300, 26 April 2015

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