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Dying Laughing looks at the the craft, creative process and psychology of stand-up comedians. Including contributions from Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Jamie Foxx, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Lewis, Garry Shandling, Steve Coogan, Billy Connolly, Eddie Izzard and Chris Rock among many others. It is directed by Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood.

Painters, writers, musicians even dancers are talked about as Artists, while stand-up comedians are often regarded as mere entertainers – yet their work has probably 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 issues while making us howl with laughter.

A stand-up comedian is usually the writer, the director and the star performer, and unlike any other art form 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 and then having an audience boo would be a life-changing trauma, for stand-ups it’s a nightly challenge.

Stand-up is all about the agony or the ecstasy of performance, with a lot of boring life bits in between.

The film premieres on 4th June at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Check out the official site.

Dying-Laughing poster

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