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The Comedian's Guide to Survival (2016)

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One man's journey around the world to discover the secret of comedy.

Director:

Mark Murphy

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James Mullinger (story by), Mark Murphy (story by) | 1 more credit »
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James Buckley ... James Mullinger
Paul Kaye ... Phillip
Kevin Eldon ... Nick Secker
MyAnna Buring ... Nell
Mark Heap ... Pick Up Driver
Vas Blackwood ... Dustin
James Mullinger ... Brad Macey
Jalaal Hartley Jalaal Hartley ... Lance
Clair Buckley Clair Buckley ... Pam
Tim McInnerny ... Corporate Boss
Peter Woodward ... Morris
Richard Sandling ... Richard
Natalie Stone ... Olivia Macey
David Hargreaves David Hargreaves ... Jessie
Charley Mcdougall Charley Mcdougall ... Jimmy Benson
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Struggling comedian James Mullinger (based on the eponymous, real-life comedian) has come to a crossroads in his life; no one wants to see him perform, his wife is fed up, and his day time boss has given him an ultimatum - take a promotion and never do stand up again, or stick to the comedy and lose his job. To add salt to the wound, his boss sends him to L.A. to interview some of the greatest comedians alive for the magazine. Through spending time with his former heroes, a faint glimmer of his passion for stand-up comedy begins to stir again... Written by Mark Murphy

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One man's journey around the world to discover the secret of comedy.

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Comedy

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2016 (UK) See more »

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Clair Buckley who plays Pam, James Mullinger's (James Buckley) wife in the film, is actually James Buckley's real life wife. See more »

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Hilarious portrayal of a comedian's journey
3 January 2017 | by jim-mackinleySee all my reviews

The Comedian's Guide to Survival portrays a man struggling to succeed in one of the world's toughest industries, Stand-up Comedy. That man is James Mullinger, who is wonderfully played by James Buckley of The Inbetweeners. Buckley's comedic charm is complemented by a sense of vulnerability allowing the audience to join him on a seemingly empathetic (and hilarious) journey. Buckley delivers an excellent performance here.

The lead breaks the fourth wall in a very unique way, allowing the film to poke fun at the "breaking the fourth wall" technique. This film will surely appeal to more than just the aspiring stand-up audience as the core themes of persistence, hard work, and building strong relationships shine through.

The film's message is clear that stand-up comedy is not a profession you simply "fall into", rather an uphill battle of practice and timing that creates experiences you will not soon forget. You will certainly not forget The Comedian's Guide To Survival.


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