Dying Laughing

Dying Laughing

Lloyd Stanton (2016)

87min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Directors Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood have assembled some of the biggest names in Anglo-American stand-up for this insightful, honest and mostly amusing study of making people laugh (for money). Following in the footsteps of Kevin Pollak's Misery Loves Comedy (2015), this isn't always entirely original in its analysis of the motivation for standing alone in a spotlight surrounded by potential hecklers. Some 100 jokesters were interviewed and, while only half make the final cut, one suspects that is because Stanton and Toogood heard multiple variations on the same anecdotes. However, they make a decent case for stand-up being considered a masochistic art form, as so many comics not only mock, but also bare their souls on stage. The film is at its best when exploring the insecurities, isolation and ignorance that have to be overcome on a nightly basis, but less so on examining the philosophy of wit. However, by juxtaposing the monochrome talking heads with colour snapshots of life on the road, the co-directors convey something of the agony and ecstasy of a potentially soul-destroying vocation.

Cast & Crew

Cedric the Entertainer Cedric the Entertainer
Billy Connolly Billy Connolly
Steve Coogan Steve Coogan
Jamie Foxx Jamie Foxx
Kevin Hart Kevin Hart
Jerry Lewis Jerry Lewis
Lee Mack Lee Mack
Chris Rock Chris Rock
Amy Schumer Amy Schumer
Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld
Garry Shandling Garry Shandling
Sarah Silverman Sarah Silverman
Sandra Bernhard Sandra Bernhard
Director Lloyd Stanton
Director Paul Toogood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Miracle CommsGuidance: SwearingReleased on: 16 Jun 2017