After directing three Austin Powers films and two Meet the Parents pictures, Jay Roach still doesn’t think of himself as a funny guy. But he sure knows how to make people laugh.
brings together six of the most accomplished sitcom directors to discuss the creative and commercial side of making funny shows.
Collaborating on Comedy
Judd Apatow and a group of like-minded directors have created a run of raunchy films that have turned R-rated comedies into big business.
Kevin Smith, who pioneered gleefully vulgar comedies with films like Clerks
and Chasing Amy
, reflects on how he learned his craft.
Inspired by the silent clowns, Blake Edwards created The Pink Panther
franchise and some of the craftiest comedies to come out of Hollywood. But sight gags, mistaken identities and flying pies were not his only tricks.
Directing Bob Dylan on Masked and Anonymous
presented a unique wardrobe problem.
Even on some premium HD cable networks, films are being mutilated. And the Guild's national vice president is mad as hell about it.
By not listening to traditional industry wisdom about how things should be done, Tyler Perry has invented his own brand of comedy-as well as his own brand.
AD's and Child Actors
Child actors working on TV comedies just want to have fun. It's the 1st and 2nd ADs who make sure they get the job done.
Working on Comedies
Over the years, it's the director's vision that has made many kinds of comedy come to life. In rare set shots, we capture filmmakers working on some of the most amusing movies ever made.
John Waters rhapsodizes about The Girl Can't Help It
, and is not shy (surprise) talking about what he "stole" from it.
Directing The Late Show
After years of working on the Late Show
, Jerry Foley and his team instinctively understand David Letterman's quirky humor. And it's a good thing they do.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Amy Heckerling recalls how she got the most out of her young cast, including Sean Penn as the legendary stoner Jeff Spicoli, in Fast Times at Ridgemont High