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Kevin Pollak to Direct Comedian Documentary 'Misery Loves Comedy'
Most documentaries focused on comedians that hit the big screen are shaped as concert films, featuring a live performance recorded during a nationwide tour. Eddie Murhpy, Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman, The Blue Collar Comedy Tour and The Original Kings of Comedy are just some of the successful examples, but there are plenty of stand-up specials out there that don't make it to movie theaters. Well, actor and comedian Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects) is looking to bring a taste of the comedian's lifestyle to the big screen with a documentary called Misery Loves Comedy, which he'll direct himself. Read on!
You may not know, but Pollak has been doing stand-up comedy for years (watch a clip of him on "The Late Show with David Letterman" right here), and he hopes to open people's eyes to what drives these comedian's senses of humor and more. Pollak says:
"My hope is that we shed all new light on the pain behind the humor, but also uncover more about the minds and hearts of comedians than any of us think we know."
THR reports Pollak as rounded up plenty of awesome friends and familiar names in comedy including, but not limited to Michael Ian Black, Rob Delaney, Jon Favreau, Paul Feig, Jim Gaffigan, Christopher Guest, Chris Hardwick, Penn Jillette, Richard Kind, Lisa Kudrow, Richard Lewis, Marc Maron, Jim Norton, Opie & Anthony, Jason Reitman, Andy Richter, Bob Saget, David Wain and Alan Zweibel. That's a hell of assembly of comedians for the documentary, many of which should be household names, though we're not sure why Jason Reitman is on the list. Anyway, this is a documentary we're definitely looking forward to, maybe even at a festival, sometime down the road.
UPDATE: If you want to help Kevin Pollak make Misery Loves Comedy, see theKickstarter page right here.