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Kevin Pollak's 'Misery Loves Comedy' sadly limits its view

Kevin Pollak's 'Misery Loves Comedy' sadly limits its view

Kevin Pollak's broad survey of stand-up, "Misery Loves Comedy," opens with the provocative question often raised after Robin Williams' suicide last year: What is it about comedy that attracts so many deeply unhappy people? 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, Christopher Guest and Amy Schumer, we hear plenty of engaging anecdotes,...

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