Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Kevin Pollak is Killed off “Mom” But Sells Documentary About Comedy to DeNiro Company


One door closes, and a window opens. Or something. Anyway, Kevin Pollak’s had a funny week. The very gifted character actor was killed off Allison Janney’s CBS comedy “Mom” after a nice run as a recurring character.

But things aren’t so bad. Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Films has agreed to distribute Pollak’s documentary about comedians called “Misery Loves Comedy.”

The film features interviews with 60 funny people including Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, Jon Favreau, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David, Steve Coogan, Jim Gaffigan, and Whoopi Goldberg. Tribeca plans a spring 2015 release– meaning in just a few weeks.

This is just one of many announcements we’re going to get from Sundance, which is happening right now. I didn’t go to Sundance this year. Instead, when it snows tomorrow and the wind is howling in New York, I’m going to show a series of indie films on my big TV and eat a lot of slices of pizza quickly, standing up, in my lobby.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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