Hilarious Mockumentary focuses on the life of small time comedian Jerry Martin and his ability to strive for the "big time" while having to do awful comedy related jobs just to survive.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Lewis ...
David Wilk ...
'Buckeye' Jim Marvin
Johnny Crass ...
Jonothan Krastenberg
Burton Gilliam ...
Ray Sellers
Jeff Hays ...
Billy Benton
Roscoe Henry
Dave Little ...
Phillip Henky
Buff Tanner ...
Preston Zahrenger
Soozy Martin ...
Jenny Zaebo
Dale Kellerman
Franklin Trowell
Troy Grant ...
Steve Gilliam
Chuck Cason ...
Jimmy Bonner
Oliver Tull ...
Mike Avery
Gordon Keith ...
Frank Sellers


Jerry Martin makes a living at comedy, but just barely. He has to resort to teaching defensive driving, cheering up patients in a cancer ward with his comedy routine and guiding a class of wannabe comics to their first show. This funny mock-doc deals with Jerry's life in comedy and his ability to stay funny, even when surrounded by not-so-funny people... Written by Eric Jewell

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Dying is Easy... Comedy is Hard





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21 November 2003 (USA)  »

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$4,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The American Idol of Comedy
16 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If a group of high school students were to write and perform an 86-minute comedy for their fellow students, parents, the faculty and community, the outcome would be no better nor worse than this film. Their play would garner a few laughs, but most of the laughs would be forced, and for support. It would show the promise of certain writers and performers but the play itself would be mildly painful to sit through, and except for a few amusing bits, ultimately forgettable.

The IDEA of "Shtickmen" is amusing, some of what makes it to the screen is amusing, but mostly it is flat, as if filmed after its rushed first draft. Watching comedians poorly mock "hack comedy" felt a bit surreal. My friend was listening to it via the speaker in our living room and he wondered how I was able to sit through the whole thing. I explained that I found it fascinating in its badness.

Ah! It's the comedy equivalent of sitting through two commercial-free episodes of "American Idol". With its string of misses and mild hits, I recommend this to be watched with your friends while drinking.

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