So, how hard is comedy? “I can do Manchester by the Sea,” Chris Rock said to the producer of Kenneth Longergan’s much-heralded new indie film today. “But Kenneth can’t do Pootie Tang.”
Rock was joking – probably – but the upsmanship during the “Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard” panel discussion at the Produced By New York conference made it hard to tell. Moderator Chris Moore, whose producing career spans American Pie, Good Will Hunting and the new Manchester, tossed the comic gauntlet by recalling the difficulty of convincingly depicting Pie‘s Stiffler downing a vile concoction of beer and Kevin.