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Misery Loves Comedy (2015)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Comedy | 14 April 2015 (USA)
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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
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Cast

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

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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PG-13

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,300, 26 April 2015

Gross USA:

$19,634

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,634
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Trivia

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 »

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References Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979) See more »

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Total Disappointment
14 April 2017 | by tissthomasSee all my reviews

Indeed, this was a poor display of good comedians with the exception of Whoopi, Tom, Larry, and one or two others. I find this docu-mockery an exclusion of great comedians and shameful. I didn't care for it. The late great Richard Pryor was mentioned in a story about assault/womanizing in a flippant way. I still don't know why freddie prinze jr (why was he even in the damn thing?) told the story about Pryor -- it only felt like he wanted to uplift his father's memory and downgrade Pryor's as the comedian who got his ass kicked. It just wasn't funny!

I agree with other disappointed commenters that the lack of diversity/minority is apparent and terrible. And, to add insult to injury, Amy Schumer who I think is the least funny person was included to tell a story about her narcissism. News flash Amy! We already knew that most actors/comedians are narcissistic -- otherwise they wouldn't have made it on their mediocre talents like you and that Jennifer law-whats her face.

I love a good laugh but this docu-mockery of comedians was more misery with less comedy. You were warned.


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