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The Funny Farm (1983)

R | | Comedy, Drama | July 1983 (USA)
Welcome to the comedy club where young comics make every night riot night. Now, they're taking their act to the streets.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Chapin ... Mark Champlin
Peter Aykroyd ... Stephen Croft
Howie Mandel ... Larry Pound
Tracey E. Bregman ... Amy Lowell (as Tracey Bregman)
Jack Blum ... Peter Bowman
Maurice LaMarche ... Dickie
Mike MacDonald Mike MacDonald ... Bruce Nutter
Derek McGrath ... Harvey
Jack Carter ... Philly Beekman
Eileen Brennan ... Gail Corbin
Gene Clark Gene Clark ... Myles
Marjorie Gross Marjorie Gross ... Tracy
Howard Busgang ... Sammy
Alan Riven Alan Riven ... Michael
Lou Dinos Lou Dinos ... Miguel


Welcome to the comedy club where young comics make every night riot night. Now, they're taking their act to the streets.

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Comedy | Drama




Official Sites:

Quebec Cinematheque





Release Date:

July 1983 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada


Box Office


CAD3,800,000 (estimated)
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A Cook's Tour of Stand-up Comedy
6 December 2000 | by cfc_canSee all my reviews

The Funny Farm (AKA: The Comics) is about a group of young comedians who perform at a club called The Funny Farm. It's supposed to take place in Los Angeles but was obviously filmed in Montreal. The film has a cheap look about it but it does offer some real insight into the life of a stand-up comic, how to win over an audience, the importance of keeping the material fresh and the pitfalls of trying to build a career in such a shaky business. Peter Aykroyd (yes, Dan's brother) is great as one of the main comics. It's odd that he didn't have much of a career. Miles Chapin is also memorable as ths fresh-faced kid from Cleveland who comes to the Funny Farm to find his fortune. Oddly, Howie Mandel, the only one of the actors in this movie who really made it, is only so-so here. The Funny Farm is pretty tame, even by 1980s standards (no one uses Richard Pryor-like routines) but much of the movie rings true and is definitely worthwhile viewing for those thinking of trying out the entertainment industry as a career.

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