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Dying Laughing (2016)

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The craft, creative process and complicated lives of stand-up comedians.



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Credited cast:
Max Alexander 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


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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Release Date:

24 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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4045 Films See more »
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Dolby Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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What a great in depth look at what it's like to be a comedian.
28 February 2017 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

I have individually herd most of these comedians talk about the craft. There is even a HBO special produced by Ricky Gervais were he's sits down with three really famous comedians and they talk shop. It's an excellent special but this documentary tops that.

Having all these comedians being interviewed together and having their stories inter cut with one another and their experiences layered into one gave a very complete inside look at what it takes to be a comedian.

What's awesome about this too is that it's a wide range of comedians. From here in the States to across the pond black, white, women, black women, Latino, Asian, middle Eastern. From the really famous to the living legends to the truly iconic, to people who have been in the biz for decades but you've never herd of them. They even took some time to do a segment of one up and coming black woman whose not remembering what it's like to start out but actually going through it.

It's a lesson in time and dedication and the struggle to hit the stage and what it takes to do it for a living. Very fascinating and entertaining, heartwarming sometimes serious, but overall funny

A must see.


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