Review: Funny People | from the Back of the Room
There will be a hundred reviews of Funny People coming out in the next 7 days talking about the plot and the characters and all the regular stuff that goes into a movie review. I won't bore you with that. What I - and presumably you, since you're here - want to know is: how does the film portray comedy? [Read More]
Raaaaaaaandy Does Something About Darfur | Comedy Central Insider
Aziz Ansari and Jason Woliner released the third part of their Raaaaaaaandy documentary. For those who haven't been dutifully following my love for Aziz's character in Funny People, allow me to catch you up. Raaaaaaaandy is Aziz's character in Funny People. There. You are caught up. [Read More]
A stand-up lesson from Judd Apatow | SF Gate interview
"Funny People" also explores the areas of stand-up comedy where other movies on the subject fear to tread, including an almost documentary style of shooting in the clubs. In this interview, Apatow talks about shooting the stand-up for the film, and about his days working in the trenches as a stand-up himself. [Read More]
'Some People Hate My F***ing Guts': Judd Apatow Talks Sexism and More in NYC | Movieline
"I don't really want to watch mature people or smart people or people who do the right thing. I like to meet them in life, but I don't find them entertaining. And certainly not funny." [Read More]
Jonah Hill: 'I could never be a stand-up' | Chortle
Movie comedian Jonah Hill has given up hopes of a career in stand-up - because he was terrible at it. He spent six months performing at American comedy clubs for his role in the new movie Funny People, along with his co-star Seth Rogen. But Hill admits that he got heckled a lot and that Rogen - who started his career as a stand-up - far outclassed him on stage. [Read More]
Part two of "Raaaaaaaandy" illuminates the stand-up comedy scene | the comic's comic
The Aziz Ansari documentary/promotional run continues for Funny People, and in this second installment, we see how Raaaaaaaandy watches himself for clues and takes ample notes. This is how both Dat Phan and Orny Adams became huge, right? There's also a chance to see how he takes advantage of the comedians touring with him, which conjures up a few other legendary stand-ups. As I mentioned before, the sad/funny thing will be to see whether "Raaaaaaaandy" becomes as popular or more so than Aziz. [Read More]
Comics just want to be taken seriously | Los Angeles Times
"Funny People" is simultaneously a comedy wrestling with serious issues and a film whose characters are comedians struggling with problems far beyond the ken of their stand-up. As such, it marks a turning point in the evolution of this now-80-plus-year-old trend: the self-aware stab at drama. "I'm trying to make a very serious movie that is twice as funny as my other movies," Apatow has said of his film. "Wish me luck." [Read More]
Aziz Ansari is RAAAAAAAANDY! | the comic's comic
..award the Oscar for Best Misdirection Campaign by a Movie to Funny People, because while everything we've seen about the actual movie suggests that it is a melodrama about what happens when a famous stand-up comedian faces the prospect of dying (both literally and figuratively), all of the accompanying publicity for the movie is outlandishly slapstick and in-your-face funny. Such is the case, again, with the site Laugh Your Dick Off, which is the home for one of the movie's characters, played ... [Read More]
Judd Apatow makes fake 80's sitcom - Yo, Teach! | Chortle
Judd Apatow has a shot a fake Eighties sitcom for his new movie Funny People. The film is set in the world of comedy and stars Jason Schwartzman as comic who lands a role in a bad sitcom, then boasts about his success to his stand-up friends. So Apatow has made the spoof show - Yo, Teach - which even has its own pages on the NBC website alongside the network's geuine shows. [Read More]
Two Funnymen, Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler, With Serious Ambitions |
Assuming Judd Apatow doesn't change his mind, and he often does, his new movie, "Funny People," will begin with a scene of Adam Sandler as no paying audience has ever seen him. In grainy video a boyishly goofy Mr. Sandler, still in his 20s with a tilted baseball cap on his head, is shown as he lies across a messy bed in a dingy Los Angeles apartment, making prank phone calls to the delight of a few off-screen observers. [Read More]