Albert Brooks

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"Perhaps the greatest living native-born American comic talent, Albert Brooks began his career deconstructing the classic setup-punchline style of professional comedy. After a successful stint as a conceptual stand-up and a brief run as house filmmaker in the early years of Saturday Night Live, Brooks turned to feature filmmaking, and over the course of nearly four decades would go on to direct and star in a small, demanding, and impeccable collection of films, most of them written in collaboration with his late, great co-scenarist Monica Johnson. While we hope and wait for a very necessary new film, however, we can revisit the painfully funny and sometimes just plain painful comedies of Albert Brooks, maestro of the socially and emotionally maladroit."—Metrograph