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Documentary covering what came to be known as "The Boston Gold Rush" of the late 1970s and early 1980s... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Lenny Clarke ... Himself

Barry Crimmins ... Himself

Mike Donovan ... Himself

Janeane Garofalo ... Herself

Don Gavin ... Himself

Bobcat Goldthwait ... Himself

DJ Hazard ... Himself

Denis Leary ... Himself

Kevin Meaney ... Himself

Paula Poundstone ... Herself

Colin Quinn ... Himself
Ken Rogerson ... Himself

Steven Wright ... Himself

Directed by
Fran Solomita 
Produced by
Douglas Miller .... producer
Chad Sahley .... executive producer
Original Music by
Peter McEvilley 
Film Editing by
Christopher Johnston 
Douglas Miller 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chad Sahley .... associate director
Sound Department
Eric Stolz .... re-recording mixer
Other crew
Stephanie Sapienza .... clearance coordinator
Ben Rock .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and some drug content
87 min
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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A Fabulous History, 29 July 2007
Author: Ray Cruddas ( from Salem, MA

REspose to the review prior to this titled: "The Rise and Fall of Boston Comedy." This review is disqualified. The writer simply doesn't get it mostly because he's from the UK. This film is a fabulous chronicle of how the Boston area and specifically two little places helped to spawn a business boom and provided a boost to comics everywhere in the US. Prior to 1978 there were two places in the US to really do stand-up. N.Y. and L.A. Boston was not on the map. Yes, Chicago had 2nd city but as an individual art form, L.A. and N.Y. were it. It chronicles the rise and fall (and follies) of local comics and many that went on to much acclaim and continue to work very successfully. Of course the local guys aren't well known. D'oh! that's why they're local. But they plug away and continue to make money, albeit less than the more famous brethren, but they're still at it. If this dies in May of '78 like the founder of the comedy connection expected, half these guys would be doing construction or dead.

The 16mm/Beta or VHS cam shots by someone are fantastic. The bit's are still hilarious (this guy's country brought us Mr. Bean and Benny Hill. Yes, yes they brought us Python too and we **all** thank them very much.)

I had forgotten Lenny Clarke's show on TV38 (Yes, I am from the Boston area and was a high school freshman in 1978)

My 14 yr- old laughed at every old bit and I cringed at the language halfway in but

*******She laughed in the right places!!********

and I did not have to explain **Anything!**

See This Movie!!! (but not with your 14yr old.)

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