Misery Loves Comedy

Synopsis: A group of stand-up comics, comedic actors and comedic filmmakers are individually interviewed about different aspects of the profession especially as it relates to their personal life. The topics of questions and answers include: the relationship with their parents with regard to their comedy; why they chose what is a natural kid's path of wanting attention as a career; when and/or how they discovered how comedy really works; the rush or high of performing; the need for public adoration; the comics that they admired early in their career and what material they may have stolen from other comics; when they knew their comedy had matured to professional status; the feeling of bombing; the relationship with peers, especially in comparison to relationships with non-comics; and the process of putting in the countless hours. The ultimate question placed to them is do you have to be miserable to be funny?
Director(s): Kevin Pollak
Production: Tribeca Films
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94 min

My dad and I don't really

get along that well.

He's actually stepdad,

and was not supportive

at all of the career.

In fact, at one point,

I played ukulele in my act

and did very well, got on television

doing it, the whole thing,

but I remember the first time

I played the ukulele for him,

he just looked at me

and was like,

"What the hell do you think

you're gonna do with that?"

But I did have, like,

so many teachers, especially...

There was a teacher

named Mr. Beasley,

psychology teacher,

and he was just, like,

"Wayne, you really

got something.

"Like, you're funny in class,

you're not disruptive, you're smart.

Like, you should try this.

You should definitely try this."

I was like, "Oh."

So she was always like, "Yeah,

this is never gonna happen.

You're insane. I don't know what you're

doing. Nobody knows what you're doing."

My father was pretty low-key,

but my father was like,

"You happy? Good."

My father was a lot

fucking smarter about it.

My dad was funny, but not in

the way he thought he was funny,

so he would try to tell a joke,

or tell a joke that

he thought was funny

and then he would laugh very

loudly at the end of the joke

and everyone around

the table would kind of...

You'd hear the "clink,

clink, clink" of the cutlery

as the joke didn't land.

And then you'd think,

"Please, I don't want

to catch anyone's eye,

'cause if I do,

I'm just gonna go."

She came to the show

two hours early

and stood in the lobby

and introduced herself

to every person who came in.

"Hi, I'm Blanche Lewis,

I'm his mother.

Hi. You're coming

to see my son."

So everyone knew her

and she sat right in

the middle of the theater.

So I say, "So my father,

you know, he had six penises..."

I'm just saying something dumb,

and she would literally,

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Kevin Pollak

Kevin Elliot Pollak (born October 30, 1957) is an American actor, impressionist, and comedian. He has appeared in over 80 films, his most notable roles including Sam Weinberg in the legal film A Few Good Men, Jacob Goldman in Grumpy Old Men and its sequel Grumpier Old Men; Todd Hockney in The Usual Suspects, Philip Green in Casino, and Bobby Chicago in End of Days. Pollak is an avid poker player, hosting weekly home games with some of Hollywood's A-list celebrities. He finished 134th out of 6,598 entrants in the 2012 World Series of Poker, his winnings totaling to $52,718. more…

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