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Funny Fat Guy (2016)

Charlie McStean is a struggling stand-up comic searching for laughs and can only find booze, drugs, and fast food

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy Danto ... Charlie McStean
Shelley Dennis ... Anna Sullivan
Marcus Stewart Marcus Stewart ... Dexter Lake
Trevor Lee Georgeson ... Taylor Davis
Timothy A. Bennett ... Lou
Jennifer Sterger Jennifer Sterger ... Darla
Randolph Adams Randolph Adams ... Thayer Fletcher
Christopher Zane Gordon Christopher Zane Gordon ... Heckler
Alex Phillips ... Marcus Stone
Griff Kohout Griff Kohout ... Hammersly
Matthew Ryan Lewis ... Davey the Waiter
Mackenzie Horras Mackenzie Horras ... Lyndsay the Uggs Girl
Ellana Barksdale Ellana Barksdale ... Principal Evans
Keeli Ross ... Neighbor
Jeanne Taylor ... Apartment Manager
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After bombing hard in front of the "powers that be" Charlie McStean questions his desire and talent as a stand-up comedian. Charlie might be a "starving artist", but he has a healthy appetite for cheeseburgers, ice cream, and cocaine. Los Angeles is a hard place to live for the fat, broke, and sober. His parents don't believe in his comedy and think it's time their son give up on his "dream." Maybe Charlie's moment has passed. Charlie's best friend, Taylor, is one of Hollywood's "beautiful people", but Taylor's beauty is only skin deep. The fact that they grew up together and the promise of meeting Taylor's elusive agent, Thayer Flethcher, seems to be the only thing keeping their friendship alive. Charlie's real friends are his brothers/sisters in arms at The Ha-Ha Hole, but he begins to notice that his fellow comics and his career are headed in two different directions. It's McStean's addictions that prevent him from mentoring budding comic, Dexter, befriending actress turned ... Written by Anonymous

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25 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Realistically Funny with a twist of agony
29 May 2018 | by ayesham34See all my reviews

"The Funny Fat Guy" tells the story of a fat guy who is funny and an aspiring standup comedian. The funny fat guy named Charlie McStean, (the role played by Sandy Danto) was once a funny comedian but now his career is on the verge of downfall. He is a struggling standup comedian who finds solace only in drugs and fast food instead of making people laugh which he used to crave once a lot. While the movie funny fat guy revolves around the world of a standup comedian in L.A, the writer Nick Snowden hasn't offered much to laugh about in his script. He provides an extremely honest and realistic story which is painful to watch at times. He explores the darkest side of a comedian who used to make people laugh with his jokes and funny gestures but now his only comrade is alcoholic and drugs. It was great to see an actor of Sandy Danto's caliber, a graduate from Indiana University, whose performance is so achingly beautiful and realistic that you both laugh on him and empathize with him. He is a kind of a person that you keep on cheering for him for no obvious reason. His acting definitely needs applause. The funny fat guy is a low budget film of only $15k and was shot only for 20 days. Despite this fact, the film still managed to pay SAG-ULB rates. The movie has only 17 members and to my amazement, all of them are standup comedians and they still managed to give energy and sense of urgency to the movie. Besides Danto's super performance, there are other supporting characters as well such as Trevor Lee as Taylor, who is Charlie's best friend and is climbing the ladder of success in his career, thus leaving Charlie behind. This is the main theme of the movie as Charlie realized his friend's success and his downfall; he is consumed more and more by alcohol and drugs to cope with his dwindling career. While they are many moments of laughter in a funny fat guy, the truth is it is a dramatic movie with few intense scenes which lingers in your mind even after you have finished the movie for many days. The climax isn't something unexpected but it is penetrating and bold than most of the nonsense driven out of Hollywood these days. Rest of the supporting cast including, Shelley Dennis whose powerful performance gives the movie an emotional reverberation, and Timothy A.Bennett whose performance as Lou, truly deserves kudos. There is much to love and cheer about the funny fat guy, though the movie has a very low budget, still, those who are familiar with standup comedy can well understand the how honest and spot on this movie is. Funny fat guy captured a top prize at Cupertino's diamond in the Rough film festival. Do watch it if you get a chance and if you wish to know the world, the ups, and downs in the life of a standup comedian.


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