Misery Loves Comedy Reviews

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November 21, 2017
Pollak only gets round to misery right at the end, in a quick-fire sequence of comedians either agreeing or disagreeing that you have to be miserable to be funny. By then, though, you'll probably have stopped caring.
August 24, 2017
[Kevin] Pollak isn't taking a solve-for-x approach here so much as simply geeking out with his fellow tribesmen (and a few -women), who may or may not be your favorite funny people, anyway.
August 21, 2017
Because he packs the film as tightly as the star-studded The Aristocrats, none of these issues receive in-depth exploration, but it's more of a survey than a psychoanalytic exercise.
November 11, 2015
It's a decent enough film for comedy buffs though there aren't a whole lot of surprises.
September 17, 2015
Do you have to be sad to be funny? You'll have to sit through a slew of micro-anecdotes and shop talk before you get any answers from this choppy documentary - longer than any decent comic would defer a punchline.
September 10, 2015
If only he had probed a bit deeper, and widened his scope beyond the predominantly white, male subjects (including our own Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan and Stephen Merchant), this could have been a fascinating film as well as a funny one.
June 25, 2015
Overall, what we get is a relentless conveyer belt of talking heads, earnestly dissecting their profession.
June 21, 2015
If comedy is tragedy plus time, is stand-up comedy a kind of higher math used to survive that equation?
May 7, 2015
With so many subjects, it's obvious the director is going for quantity, but it doesn't work (especially the scenes with Matthew Perry; a funny actor is much different from a professional stand-up). The overall tone feels scattered and self-important.
May 4, 2015
If you want to be a comedian, see this Kevin Pollak documentary first. However, although amusing and enlightening, it's also a bit scary and incoherent at times.
April 30, 2015
We hear plenty of engaging anecdotes, though, taken together, they don't do much to illuminate a subject that has been thoroughly explored elsewhere ...
April 30, 2015
Are they miserable? No; everyone seems to be having a great time. Are they funny? Um, not so much.
April 30, 2015
For the most part ... this is a pretty safe discussion about a very unsafe art form. We can only imagine what's in the outtakes.
April 27, 2015
There was a time when all this might have felt, if not revelatory, then perhaps not quite as exhausted as it does during this particular moment in popular culture.
April 23, 2015
An evident labor of love and also a work of grating amateurism.
April 23, 2015
Might have been a better movie if [director Kevin Pollak had] rejected some of the five-dozen funny (or not) people who volunteered.
April 23, 2015
The niche it aims to fill has already been occupied by people willing to go much deeper than Pollak.
April 23, 2015
While genial and never dull, the film is all over the place, a classic example of trying to do and say too much.
April 23, 2015
While there's no single, monumental insight here-no a-ha moment that cracks the code of comedy-there are a ton of stories and opinions that comedy nerds should love.
April 23, 2015
Explaining humor is usually like boiling water - it evaporates. But the funny folks in actor Kevin Pollak's well-structured doc can actually break down what they do.
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