Kevin Pollak will direct the documentary Misery Loves Comedy for producers Becky Newhall of Newaley Pictures and Burton Ritchie and Ben Galecki of Heretic Films, it was announced today.
Kevin Pollak to direct the documentary Misery Loves Comedy
Misery Loves Comedy will explore the mind of the stand-up comic and all those who choose to write or perform comedy as a profession. Pollak uses interviews, day-in-the-life sequences, archival and historic footage and photos, observations, essays and insights to explore why a person gets on stage in front of a room full of strangers when, in fact, public speaking is all other Americans' #1 fear, even above death.
Pollak and the producers have assembled a veritable who's who of comedic talent both onstage and off. A partial list of includes: 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, Alan Zweibel and many more.
Here's what director Kevin Pollak had to say in a brief statement.
"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."
Producer Becky Newhall had this to say in her own statement.
"As a true fan of stand-up comedy, I wanted to produce this film to better understand the inner workings of the comic. Burton and I look forward to working with Kevin to help audiences gain insight into these amazing artists."
Comedy Central named the multi-talented Pollak one of their Top 100 Comedians of All Time. He's co-starred in over 70 films, including The Usual Suspects, Casino and A Few Good Men, and hosts Kevin Pollak's Chat Show, featuring 90 minute plus interviews with filmmakers, actors and comedians, available on iTunes, YouTube and Earwolf.com.
Misery Loves Comedy comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Michael Ian Black, Rob Delaney, Jon Favreau, Paul Feig, Jim Gaffigan, Christopher Guest, Chris Hardwick, Penn Jillette. The film is directed by Kevin Pollak.