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The Comedian's Guide to Survival

  • Comedy
  • Arts and culture
  • 2016
  • Mark Murphy
  • 91 mins
  • 15

Summary

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

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This semi-autobiographical comedy is loosely based on the experiences of British comedian James Mullinger, who managed to carve a successful stand-up career after years of struggle. The film presents us with a fictionalised version of James (played by James Buckley), depicting him as an embittered magazine journalist who performs low-paid stand-up gigs in his spare time. James is desperate to succeed as a comedian, but he isn't making any progress, and he's starting to lose hope. On top of this, his boss (Paul Kaye) demands that he stops performing on stage, insisting that James accepts a promotion that will involve more work. What will James do? We know the answer, of course, but Buckley is impressive throughout, especially during a three-minute monologue about the frustrations that arise when you're chasing a dream. Sadly, though, the film rarely rings true, and there are very few laughs along the way.

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Credits

Cast

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James MullingerJames Buckley
NellMyAnna Buring
PhillipPaul Kaye
Gilbert GottfriedGilbert Gottfried
Omid DjaliliOmid Djalili
Jimmy CarrJimmy Carr
LuenellLuenell
Nick SeckerKevin Eldon
Pick-up driverMark Heap
DustinVas Blackwood

Crew

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DirectorMark Murphy

Details

Theatrical distributor
Signature
Released on
2016-10-28
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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