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Friday, April 24, 2015

MISERY LOVES COMEDY

A Tribeca Film Festival 2015 Selection

By D.E Levine

Actor Kevin Pollak goes after some answers to in-depth questions about whether some well-known comedians see tragedy as the basis for their going into comedy but fails to get those answers.

Instead, this documentary contains interviews with Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, Martin Short, Christopher Guest, Larry David and Steve Coogan and humorous anecdotes about their lives and careers.  It doesn't, however, actually answer the deeper questions.

There is also an inconsistency about the answers and the quality of the conversations since other interviews are with more serious, less comedic actors.    Additionally, some interviews are brief and fleeting, while other interviews are much longer and fairly dominant without adding much to the film.

While a worthy effort and very entertaining, the dominant interviewees are basically from the old boys club while well known comics of color are not interviewed at all and women are barely onscreen.  In the current environment, Pollak misses his mark by skipping so many important, gifted comic minds.