Adam McKay: What is Smart Dumb Comedy?
Wow, this is the third video essay in four weeks. I don't know how some channels do it every single week. I'm both exhausted from all the repetitive editing and antsy to get outside and shoot some narrative stuff again. Like, I've got a gig doing a college commencement video this weekend ( Oprah will be in it!) and I'm actually exciting just because I want to move with the camera again.

Which is not to say I'm not enjoying these. I totally am. But this is definitely reinforcing my general plan to stick to one video essay per month.

Anyway, this video is on Adam McKay, director of Anchorman and Step Brothers (and The Big Short, but I don't talk about that one in the video). There's an insane lack of critical writing/videos about comedies like these, so I wanted to really dig in and study McKay's approach to crafting these movies, which I think are some of the best comedies of the 21st century.

I realize comedy is subjective and not everyone enjoys these movies, but bear with me. You might still enjoy the video even if you don't like the movies.