The Usual Suspects star Kevin Pollak has signed on to direct a new documentary about the world of stand-up comedians.

Misery Loves Comedy will feature interviews with funnymen Jon Favreau, Christopher Guest, Richard Kind, Richard Lewis and Marc Maron.

Pollak, who has been performing on the stand-up circuit since he was a teenager, says, "My hope is that we shed a new light on the pain behind the humour and also uncover more about the minds and hearts of comedians."