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Comedy docu will see HBO standing up

Seinfeld, Rock major players in cabler's laffer telepic

HBO will make a multipart documentary film about the history of standup comedy.

The project gathered some forward momentum after the funeral of Rodney Dangerfield, when Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock suggested to HBO head Chris Albrecht that the early payweb work done by Dangerfield and other standup comics should be shown to a new audience.

HBO is in the process of setting documaker Ric Burns, who has done multipart docs on New York and the Civil War, the latter with brother Ken Burns.

Seinfeld and Rock, who have been talking about doing such a project for years, will remain creative catalysts in the film, though the extent of their involvement has yet to be defined.

Both Seinfeld and Rock have done memorable standup specials for HBO, and the network has volumes of signature standup footage from comics including Dangerfield, George Carlin, Eddie Murphy and Robin Williams.

HBO declined comment.