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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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Needs To Stand Out More, 17 July 2006
Author: Steve (Xploitedyouth) from USA

Fran Solomita's documentary WHEN STAND-UP STOOD OUT chronicles the rise of the Boston stand-up scene in the late seventies and early eighties, a period that produced such talents as Dennis Leary, Steven Wright, Don Gavin, Janeane Garofolo, Lenny Clarke, Bobcat Goldthwaite, Colin Quinn and Solomita himself. It follows the scene's conception, at a crummy little Chinese restaurant called the Ding Ho, to Wright's first appearance on Carson's TONIGHT SHOW, to the mainstream success comedians like Clarke, Leary and Garofolo have enjoyed, while confronting issues of inter-comic jealously, bitter rivalries, drug and alcohol excesses, and the elusive specter of fame. The film is constructed competently, and features some really eye-popping moments (the comedian who bashes a heckler with his guitar), but it never really feels like more than a slightly longer BEHIND THE MUSIC or TRUE Hollywood STORY. Since the director is a buddy of most of the subjects, the viewer feels like an outsider on an inside joke, robbing the film of it's objectivity. The major issues (the drugs, the jealously) are dealt with in brief montages, so most of the film is dedicated to showing early (and admittedly funny) clips of the comedians performing, and no real insight is made. Ironically, WHEN STAND-UP STOOD OUT really needs to stand out more.

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