Sundance ’15: Tribeca takes “Misery” for North America

New York-based distributor Tribeca Film has picked up the North American rights to the Kevin Pollak-directed documentary Misery Loves Comedy (pictured).
January 23, 2015

New York-based distributor Tribeca Film has picked up the North American rights to the Kevin Pollak-directed documentary Misery Loves Comedy.

The film – which enjoys its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival today (January 23) – is billed as a “master class on the art of humor” and features interviews with more than 60 comedians, including Jimmy Fallon (pictured above), Whoopi Goldberg, Larry David, Steve Coogan and Amy Schumer. The group discusses their respective paths to comedy as well as ancedotes about their shared craft.

Director Pollak is known primarily as an actor, and also hosts a weekly interview program entitled Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show, which airs online at UStream.

Misery Loves Comedy is a fascinating, unparalleled look inside the minds of some of the greatest and most beloved comedians of our time,” said Todd Green, GM of Tribeca Film, in a statement. “Kevin Pollak has made a ‘must watch’ on the art of comedy, for casual enthusiasts, to connoisseurs, to aspiring comedians.”

Pollak added: “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.”

The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by manager of acquisitions Alison Diviney and VP of acquisitions Nick Savva, along with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.

Misery Loves Comedy is a Heretic Films and NewAley Pictures production and was produced by Becky Newhall, Burton Ritchie and Barry Katz. Tribeca is expected to release the film this spring.

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