Misery Loves Comedy Reviews

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 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.
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.
June 25, 2015
Overall, what we get is a relentless conveyer belt of talking heads, earnestly dissecting their profession.
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.
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 22, 2015
Pollak obviously had fun, but you get the feeling the best bits never made it in.
April 22, 2015
A documentary that asks many comics big questions about the dispositions of comics - but doesn't often enough put anyone off balance, the audience included.
April 18, 2015
Commingling industry shoptalk with introspective insights and wrangling testimonials, the film casts an incredibly wide net, but doesn't reveal much of anything.
January 23, 2015
Whatever it might take to get these admittedly very funny people to truly bare their souls, Pollak doesn't appear to have found it.