In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Boston stand-up comedians burst upon the national scene, giving audiences a taste of hard-edged social and political commentary, in what came to be known as "The Boston Gold Rush".


Fran Solomita





Credited cast:
Lenny Clarke ... Self
Barry Crimmins ... Self
Mike Donovan Mike Donovan ... Self
Janeane Garofalo ... Self
Don Gavin ... Self
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Self
DJ Hazard ... Self
Denis Leary ... Self
Kevin Meaney ... Self
Paula Poundstone ... Self
Colin Quinn ... Self
Ken Rogerson Ken Rogerson ... Self
Steven Wright ... Self


Documentary covering what came to be known as "The Boston Gold Rush" of the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Boston stand-up comedians like Dennis Leary, Steven Wright and Colin Quinn burst upon the national scene, giving audiences a taste of the hard-edged social and political commentary that came out of that city. Written by

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Rated R for language and some drug content

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There Is No "There" There
9 December 2008 | by tillzenSee all my reviews

As someone who WAS there, this film is merely a compilation of old video, brief talking heads, and the pure chance of a reunion concert. Something DID happen in Boston at this time, but the director missed it by a mile. Instead he built a film around the footage he had, instead of doing the real work of a documentary. The focus on Lenny Clarke exemplifies this laziness. There was the most old footage of Lenny, so Lenny gets a lot of play here, that should have gone to others with far more talent and impact. The women get short-changed, as do the Emersonians. Before there were comedy clubs, there was improv, and except for Denis and Steven Wright, none of these drunken hacks could have created anything but the testament to chemical courage this film documents. The director missed the chance to illuminate the perfect storm that was Boston in those years. Instead he wallows in nostalgia instead of linking how those years rewrote comedy AND punk music, just as Greenwich Village did in the 1960's. Perhaps someday a filmmaker will correctly connect the dots, and link Boston '75 to '85 with the earth shaking cultural changes that we not only witnessed, but managed to live through!

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