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Misery Loves Comedy Review

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50 stand-up comics are asked about the proverbial “sad clown” link between depression and comedy.

★★★★★

Dedicated to Robin Williams, fellow actor-comedian Kevin Pollak’s warm-hearted documentary sits 50 stand-up comics down to ask them about the proverbial “sad clown” link between depression and comedy. Do you have to be miserable to be funny? Do funny people have more angst than the rest of us? Or do they just talk about it more? Although the film barely scratches the surface of the issue (a conclusion of sorts is reached in the last ten minutes), Pollak’s interviewees are certainly entertaining, and often very funny. 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.

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.

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