The HBO original documentary Albert Brooks: Defending My Live, directed by Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride), debuts November 11 on HBO and the streaming service Max.
The film chronicles the career of Albert Brooks, who since the late 1960s has been a major force in American comedy with his smart, sometimes absurdist, and truly unique sense of humor. From stand-up, to acting, to writing and directing short films, to his seven original motion pictures, including Modern Romance, Lost in America, Mother and more, Brooks has paved the way for future generations and remains a comedic force in a league of his own. With testimonials from some of the brightest comedy talents and serious thinkers, as well as family and friends, the documentary chronicles Brooks’ very early work all the way to present day. In this deep and personal conversation, Reiner and Brooks explore the origins and evolution of Brooks’ career, the impetus for his creativity, and the impact he has had on the world of comedy.
Attesting to Brooks’ influence in the comedy and entertainment world are celebrity figures including Chris Rock, Conan O’Brien, Wanda Sykes, Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller, Steven Spielberg, Sarah Silverman, David Letterman, Larry David, Jonah Hill, Judd Apatow, Sharon Stone, Brian Williams, Anthony Jeselnik, Tiffany Haddish, Alana Haim, Nikki Glaser, James L. Brooks, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.