Over fifty very famous American, Canadian, British and Australian funny people (filmmakers, writers, actors and comedians) share life and professional journeys and insights, in an effort to shed light on the thesis: Do you have to be miserable to be funny?
A group of stand-up comics, comedic actors and comedic filmmakers are individually interviewed about different aspects of the profession especially as it relates to their personal life. The topics of questions and answers include: the relationship with their parents with regard to their comedy; why they chose what is a natural kid's path of wanting attention as a career; when and/or how they discovered how comedy really works; the rush or high of performing; the need for public adoration; the comics that they admired early in their career and what material they may have stolen from other comics; when they knew their comedy had matured to professional status; the feeling of bombing; the relationship with peers, especially in comparison to relationships with non-comics; and the process of putting in the countless hours. The ultimate question placed to them is do you have to be miserable to be funny?Written by
This film features the first time Freddie Prinze Jr. has ever publicly discussed his father, comedian and sitcom actor Freddie Prinze. Prinze Jr. was less than a year old when his father committed suicide by self-inflicted gunshot on January 29, 1977. See more »
I'm sorry but where was Eddie Murphy in this. He did 2 of the greatest stand up videos of the 80s if not of all time that I show to my kids as a rite of passage when they hit puberty and like Pryor he broke racial and PC boundaries and not even mentioned in this show! Travesty! Seeing a different side of comedians was truly interesting and hearing about the narcissism aspect from Amy Schumer was one of the only resonating factors to show true insight and as per usual female comedians as with other minorities totally underrepresented (Joan Rivers dead but could have been mentioned) and just to confirm I am a WASP. And where was Louis CK. Maybe he asked for too much money. Not sure how all these comedians were procured but some of the greats not evident which was a disappointment but on a positive note they did show some Poms and Aussies.
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