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Dying Laughing (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy, Drama | 24 February 2017 (USA)
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The craft, creative process and complicated lives of stand-up comedians.

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Credited cast:
Max Alexander ... Himself
Stephen K. Amos Stephen K. Amos ... Himself
David A. Arnold ... Himself
Dave Attell ... Himself
Bill Bellamy ... Himself
Sandra Bernhard ... Herself
Langdon Bosarge ... Himself
Frankie Boyle ... Himself
Jo Brand ... Herself
Neal Brennan ... Himself
Jimmy Brogan ... Himself
Cocoa Brown ... Herself
Darren Carter Darren Carter ... Himself
Cedric the Entertainer ... Himself
Kevin Christy ... Himself
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Whilst painters, writers, musicians even dancers are talked about as Artists, stand-up comedians are often regarded as mere entertainers - yet their work has possibly more direct effect on an audience than any other art form. These are social and cultural commentators who at their best can change the way we think about important matters whilst making us howl with laughter. A stand-up comedian must be the writer, the director and the star performer, and unlike any other performance there is no rehearsal, no practice, no safety net, the stand-up can only work in front of a live audience - with feedback being instantaneous and often brutal. For most people baring their soul to then have an audience boo or heckle them would be a life-changing trauma, for stand-ups it's a weekly challenge. DYING LAUGHING is a unique glimpse into the agony and ecstasy of performance along with an singular examination into the day-to-day life of a professional stand-up.

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The agony and the ecstasy of being a Stand-up Comedian - and the boring life bits in between.


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24 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Recommended for fans of Stand-up
19 March 2018 | by michaellaney15See all my reviews

After the shock of Robin Williams death the world was alerted by the complexities of being a comedian. Being a stand-up comedian is both complicated and rewarding. At times it can be self-deprecatory and lonely. This is what I gathered from "Dying Laughing". Making others laugh is a great experience to these comedians but when that stimulus isn't there it can leave a void that can only be refilled by external social gratification. It's an interesting documentary for people who enjoy stand-up, but seeing How I'm not one of those people I found it rather boring and pretentiously narcissistic.


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