Steve Carell’s comedian documentary finds a home at Showtime

By | August 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm | One comment | News, TV/Movies | Tags: , , , ,

Documentaries about comedy – or comedians – are like catnip for me. I love a good peek behind the curtain to try to understand what makes a comic tick. As Marc Maron said recently at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, after all, comics are philosophical, sensitive, thoughtful, sweet, neurotic, angry and fucked up. Who wouldn’t want to learn more about people like that?

We first learned about a crazy-exciting project in the comedy documentary vein back in December of 2010, when Deadline reported a partnership between Steve Carell and David Steinberg to produce a film about stand-up comics across generations. At that point, though, it was just in development, and I was crossing my fingers that someone would pick it up.

Needless to say, I’m totally tickled that Showtime nabbed the project, now an interview-based series entitled Laughing Stock. The show will feature chats between Steinberg and some insanely wonderful comics, like Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Carol Burnett, Don Rickles, and many more, according to Deadline. The only downside is that we’ll have to wait until January of 2012 to see it. Worth it.

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In addition to writing for Laughspin, Carrie is a graduate student in Austin, Texas, where she researches popular culture, new media, music, and social movements. When not reading or writing in any official capacity, she spends her time playing the drums, watching crappy TV, and eating copious amounts of tacos and barbecue. She also blogs sporadically at carrieandersen.com.