Tribeca Film announced today it is acquiring North American rights to Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut documentary Misery Loves Comedy, which world premieres today at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Check out a who’s who of comedy in the gallery for the film below!
Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, Jon Favreau, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David, Steve Coogan, Jim Gaffigan, and Whoopi Goldberg are among over 60 famous funny people featured in this hilarious twist on the age-old truth: misery loves company.
Director Kevin Pollak shares in-depth, candid interviews with some of the most revered comedy greats who each share their unique path and a life devoted to making strangers laugh. With arresting anecdotes and insights from the comedy underbelly that reveal the paradox of a performer’s desire to connect with audiences, Misery Loves Comedy is the definitive master class on the art of humor that details a comedian’s rare ability to help us understand life as only they can.
“Misery Loves Comedy is a fascinating, unparalleled look inside the minds of some of the greatest and most beloved comedians of our time. Kevin Pollak has made a ‘must watch’ on the art of comedy, for casual enthusiasts, to connoisseurs, to aspiring comedians,” said Todd Green, General Manager of Tribeca Film.
“As a first time director, I couldn’t ask for more than the thrill and assurance I’ve received from the entire team at Tribeca. This is a HUGE victory and celebration for my team,” said Kevin Pollak.
Having appeared in dozens of films, Kevin Pollak is best known for his supporting roles in hits like A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects and Casino, as well as for his weekly streaming series “Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show.” Pollak funded Misery Loves Comedy partly through a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $54,000 dollars.
The film, a Heretic Films and NewAley Pictures production, is written by Pollak and John Varhous, and produced by Becky Newhall, Burton Ritchie and Barry Katz. Ben Galecki, Ashton Newhall, Liz Davidson and Jess Ravich are the executive producers. Tribeca is targeting a 2015 spring release.