Kevin Pollak's broad survey of stand-up, "Misery Loves Comedy," opens with the provocative question often raised after
Maybe Pollak thought that premise was too grim because his documentary spends most of its running time avoiding the topic. Instead, we hear from Pollak's friends — 56 of them (the guy's connected) — talk about comedic influences, what it's like to bomb onstage and their adolescent nerdiness. Because the participants include the likes of Larry David,
Pollak obviously cast a wide net, too many people said yes and he just couldn't say no. The overabundance of talking heads, taken with a disinterest in a visual presentation, gives the movie a repetitive feel that's not helped by the demographics of his subjects. Of the 56 participants, seven are women, one is black (
That kind of representation, intentional or not, limits the movie's perspective.
"Misery Loves Comedy"
No MPAA rating.
Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes.