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Royaume-Uni : Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

le 2 février 2015

[The Independent] Kevin Pollak, the director of new documentary Misery Loves Comedy, says: "I'm paraphrasing, but Friends actor Matthew Perry told me during filming, 'Comedians don't have a franchise on misery and loneliness.' But they do have a pretty good corner on the market."

It's true that there's a potent correlation between wanting to make others laugh and a struggle with depression – but do you have to be miserable to be funny? "In America the No 1 fear, above death, is speaking in public. So I wanted to explore what kind of brain it takes to do stand-up. Is it masochism mixed with narcissism?" says Pollak (who's been a stand-up comic for over 40 years, as well as starring in films such as The Usual Suspects and The Whole Nine Yards). "And the high that comes from being onstage: endorphins are being released. If you are clinically depressed why would you get onstage? Just to feel good for an hour?"

Source The Independent