For this special interview, Aaron sat down to talk to the director of the new documentary, “Misery Loves Comedy“, Kevin Pollak. Yes, THAT Kevin Pollak. You know the famous actor and comedian from classics such as “A Few Good Men” and “The Usual Suspects”, as well as his numerous other film and television credits, or possibly you know him from his own “Chat Show”, where Kevin speaks with other famous, creative talents.
For our conversation, Kevin is here to discuss his new film, “Misery Loves Comedy”. What is his “Misery” about? Here is the official synopsis:
Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David, and Jon Favreau are among over 60 famous funny people featured in this hilarious twist on the age-old truth: misery loves company. 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 a performer’s deep desire to connect with audiences, Kevin Pollak’s 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.
That is the official description. What we will tell you is that this is the closest we have ever been to truly understanding what makes a comic, a comic. Why would anyone want to spend every day of their lives trying to make someone else laugh? Were they always a comedian, or were they simply masking their pain? Finally, does a person have to be miserable, to be truly funny? This film answers all of those questions.
Kevin and Aaron discuss “Misery Loves Comedy” in detail. From why Kevin wanted to make a film on such a personal topic, to some of the creative directions he chose for the film, and even how he managed to snag every high-profile comedian for the film! The film itself is a wonderfully insightful exploration into the psyche of a comedian. Of many comedians, in fact.weI highly recommend checking the film out, which is available now on iTunes and On Demand, and is releasing to theaters beginning April 24th.
A charming guy and a brilliant talent, it was a pleasure to talk to Kevin about “Misery Loves Comedy”, and we hope you guys enjoy the interview as much as we did.
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