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US TV plans a history of stand-up

American cable broadcaster HBO is planning a major documentary series about the history of stand-up.

The idea reportedly came about after the funeral of comic Rodney Dangerfield last year, when both Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock championed the idea.

The pair, who have been considering such a project for years, apparently convinced HBO chief Chris Albrecht that the early work of Dangerfield and other stand-ups of his generation should be honoured.

Hollywood trade paper Variety says documentary-maker Ric Burns, who has done previous series on New York and the American Civil War, is being lined up for the show, which could draw on HBO’s sizeable catalogue of stand-up specials.

Seinfeld and Rock are also expected to have some creative input.


Published: 26 Jan 2005

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