HBO plans standup comedy documentary

Jan. 26, 2005 at 2:13 PM

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- HBO will film a documentary about the history of standup comedy, Daily Variety said Wednesday.

The paper said the project got a boost after the funeral last year of Rodney Dangerfield, when Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock suggested to HBO executives that early HBO shows featuring Dangerfield and other standup comics should be marketed to a new audience. According to Variety, HBO is working on signing filmmaker Ric Burns for the project.

Burns did a documentary series on New York, and worked with his brother, Ken Burns, on the PBS documentary "The Civil War."

Seinfeld and Rock are among the top comedians who have done HBO specials, along with such other comedians as George Carlin, Eddie Murphy and Robin Williams.

HBO declined comment concerning the Variety story.

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