• The American Meme: Netflix doc whitewashes meme culture (Opinion)

    I have a secret. I love Vine. When Vine shut down last year, I turned to endless compilations of six-second comedy on YouTube. In the right circles, you will hear quotes like, “Stop. I could have dropped my croissant!” or, “Can I please get a waffle?” Which is probably why I was so excited for The American Meme. The Netflix documentary from director Bert Marcus came to the streaming platform last week

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    Patrice O’Neal documentary Better Than You launches $125,000 Indiegogo campaign (Video)

    Creators of the Patrice O’Neal documentary Better Than You announced today that they have started an Indiegogo campaign to generate funds for the film that will detail the life and career of a man many called “the most honest and unique voice in comedy.” “When Patrice passed away, I committed myself to completing projects for him that he had in the works,” said Von Decarlo, Better Than You producer and

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    Dave Chappelle fan made documentary about ‘Chappelle’s Show’ is worth your time (Video)

    Dave Chappelle is one of the greatest comedic minds of all time. He’s also one of the most intriguing celebrities—living or dead. Though he’s back in full force performing stand-up comedy for adoring fans, he’ll likely never shake the legacy of leaving the enormously successful Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central. This below fan-made documentary — Chappelle’s Show: The 50 Million Dollar Question — by Brandon Farley delves deeply into that

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    Richard Pryor documentary ‘Omit the Logic’ will air on Showtime

    Though we’ve known the upcoming Richard Pryor documentary was set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, now there’s a date when non-festival attendees can bask in the glory of the iconic comedian’s life. On Friday, May 31, Showtime will air Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic, according to Deadline, who explains the film, “chronicles Pryor’s life from his troubled youth in Peoria, Illinois, to his meteoric rise

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    ‘A Universal Language’ is a confrontational, hilarious study in comedy and religion (Review)

    If not for the recent success of Argo, it’d be difficult to imagine a more unlikely film premise then one in which a group of clueless do-gooders purposely place themselves in harms way within the politically charged Middle East. But that’s precisely the premise of Igal Hecht’s newest documentary, A Universal Language, which is set to debut April 14 at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival and on the Documentary Channel

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    You should probably watch this 11 minute Patton Oswalt documentary

    From the folks at Thrash Lab, who’s motto is “Entertaining and inspiring this generation,” comes this perfect 11-minute documentary titled To Be Loved & Understood– about Patton Oswalt, one of the world’s most loved and respected comedians. The film, directed by Julien Nitzberg, is pegged to a set of shows Oswalt had at the Irvine Improv. And while we see him onstage there, the documentary is really about how Oswalt

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    ‘Documentary’ on Patrice O’Neal is perfect for true fans (Video)

    A nearly 50-minute video chronicling the last few years of late comedian Patrice O’Neal’s career has surfaced. Labeled as a documentary online, it’s closer to a tribute, as it features dozens of clips of audio commentary from comedian friends like Jim Norton, Louis C.K., Robert Kelly, Dane Cook, and more, but doesn’t delve much into the comedian’s life, nor does it include new interviews conducted expressly for the project. Produced

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    Documentary tells the story of cancer stricken comedian’s dream to perform on Letterman (Video)

    We’ve been following Steve Mazan’s story since 2009, when he finally made his dream to perform on Late Show with David Letterman a reality. The 13-year comedian was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, and so he made this dream his number one priority in life. “The doctors told us [Mazan and his wife, Denise], ‘Look, the tumors are slow-growing.’ Mazan told us three years ago. ‘If everything goes OK, you

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    There’s an Arrested Development documentary in the works and here’s the trailer (Video)

    While we’ll have to wait until next Spring for the new season of Arrested Development, there’s a small chance the Arrested Development documentary will be out before that. If Netflix is smart about it, they’ll snag the doc and distribute it through their service before the fourth season premieres. Either way, check out the film trailer below! Be sure to check the filmmakers’ site for updates on the documentary’s progress.

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    Russell Brand documentary explores comedian’s past drug use (Video)

    Russell Brand has been alcohol and drug free for 10 years, but, like most addicts, it’s still a daily struggle for him to remain that way. In a documentary, Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery, airing on BBC 3 in the UK, Brand addresses this and more. “Ten years ago, though, I couldn’t get enough of them,” he says in the film, some of which is shown in the interview

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    Mitch Hedberg notebooks, footage revealed in documentary on wife Lynn Shawcroft (Video)

    A few weeks ago, we told you about comedian Scott Moran’s stellar mini-documentary series Modern Comedian. So far, Moran’s expertly captured the lives of Kurt Braunohler, Ben Kronberg and Greg Barris. And this week, we find Moran’s subject, comedian Lynn Shawcroft, the wife of the late Mitch Hedberg, at the couple’s California cabin, fondly remembering the times she spent with everyone’s favorite oddball comic. There’s been a lot written about

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    Watch Eddie Pepitone open up to Marc Maron in this animation from The Bitter Buddha

    The documentary about Eddie Pepitone, The Bitter Buddha, doesn’t come out till later this year but the Internet has blessed us with this animated clip from the film featuring Pepitone and Marc Maron. In the clip, Pepitone tells an endearing anecdote about growing up around an intense-about-everything father. The story is paired with a comic book like animation that looks like it came from a book Fantagraphics published. Check it

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    Can comedy be taught? Documentary ‘Finding the Funny’ attempts to answer (Video)

    Most comedians seem to agree that comedy can not be taught, and you can really only learn by doing. But chances are, you can find and enroll in a “comedy class” in your area. Finding the Funny is a new documentary by John Bizarre about the merits of teaching comedy. The film follows comedian and comedy coach Don Barnhart, who runs a comedy class in Las Vegas, as he tries

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    Watch Kurt Braunohler in new documentary series ‘Modern Comedian’

    Modern Comedian is a new web series by New York-based comic Scott Moran. Each week Scott follows a different comedian around, on-stage and off, to document the life of the — you guessed it — modern comedian. The debut episode features Kurt Braunohler. Between Kurt’s old riot-based performance art and his hobby of defacing unpurchased books at Barnes & Noble, it turns out Kurt is kind of a badass. He

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    Watch the Hannibal Buress documentary ‘A Week to Kill’ in its entirety

    For the week leading up to the taping of his first hour Comedy Central special Animal Furnace, Hannibal Buress was followed by filmmaker Ryan Ferguson. The resulting 40-minute documentary (which is part of the special’s DVD extras), A Week to Kill is now available in full for free online. Watch it below! A Week To Kill from Hannibal Buress on Vimeo.

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