Misery Loves Comedy is a documentary exploring the dichotomy found in stand-up comedy and the common notion that those who make us laugh the most are often times also the most miserable. Through the personal anecdotes of over 50 stand-up comedy legends, the film delves into the art of stand-up and the psyche of the people drawn to it.
Beginning as a Kickstarter-driven dream to examine the darker side of comedy by actor, comedian and director Kevin Pollak, the film makes its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23rd.
Do you have to be miserable to be funny? The film builds up to this question by exploring the personal experiences and insights found throughout a comedian's career, beginning with a look into why anyone would actually choose a career entertaining a room full of strangers. The comedians reveal both the bright and dark side of the profession by sharing their inspirations, wins and friendships; as well as discussing the failures and struggles that fuel their material on stage.
Kevin brings the experience of his talk show series Kevin Pollak's Chat Show to the film, moving behind the camera to interview all of your favorite comedians including: Jim Jeffries, Martin Short, Matthew Perry, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Hardwick, Kevin Nealon, Mike Birbiglia, Lewis Black, Rob Delaney, Marc Maron, Larry David, Jim Norton, Jimmy Fallon and so many more.
Kevin's passion for entertaining and storytelling made this an exciting project for The Mill team to be involved in. The film was graded at The Mill in Chicago by colorist Luke Morrison. Since the material was shot with various cameras, Luke worked to bring the film together and create a synergy between the scenes, allowing the film to do what it does best, tell an engaging story about the stand-up comedy experience.
Playing off the universal truth that misery does indeed love company, the film shows how comedians entertain - and often console - us with the shared absurdities, emotions and experiences that make up life.
Watch teasers for the film below and follow @KevinPollak on Twitter for the latest updates.