In his first movie in six years, Albert Brooks desperately wants to remind us of the hungry young comic-turned-filmmaker who risked humiliation in the name of humor. He's out of work and desperately in need of money, if only to finance his wife's obsession with buying antique crap on eBay, which is why he takes the U.S. government's assignment to travel to India and Pakistan to find out what makes Muslims laugh. The premise has promise: What does a former genius do when he's running out of options (and, perhaps, talent)? But Brooks squanders it, as he has everything he's done in recent years, and Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World finds not a single laugh over there or, alas, over here. He spends the entire movie interviewing people on the street and prepping for a stand-up concert that is so unfunny that a Brooks first-timer will be tempted to wonder if he's not in fact a dull and humorless man who's never told a joke in his life.
Director: Albert Brooks
Writer: Albert Brooks
Producer: Steve Bing, Herb Nanas, Deepak Nayar and Tabrez Noorani
Cast: Albert Brooks, Sheetal Sheth, John Carroll Lynch, Jon Tenney, Fred Dalton Thompson, Emma Lockhart, Shelley Malil, Marshall Manesh, P.D. Mani and Tony Montero
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World