Actor-comedian Kevin Pollak is the latest celebrity to turn to Kickstarter to finance a documentary on stand-up comedy.
Pollak is directing a feature-length documentary, Misery Loves Comedy, about the darker side of comedians.
On the title:
I’ve always been fascinated by the dark and the light of the comedian. My hope is that we uncover more about them than any of us think we know. When I reached out to the funny people that I’ve met or worked with over the years to share their experiences, recollections or observations, the response to participate in this film was instant, if not overwhelming.
With only 28 days to goal, Pollak and company have set a goal of raising $50,000. As of now, 39 backers have pledged $2,878 to get the film made.
I love stand-up comedy. While I have a background in improv and sketch comedy, I’m attracted to watching quality comedy in general. To me, this documentary looks to be fascinating. Pollak has secured a number of notable comedians already.
On the Kickstarter page, they expand on what message they want to focus on:
If you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, and those who perform it, you’re no doubt aware that a staggering percentage are truly miserable. We’ve lost number of great comedians to drugs, alcohol and suicide. How can they be so entertaining to strangers and so filled with sadness and/or rage with family and friends…? The main goal of this film is to shed extensive light on this bizarre dichotomy…