Here's the first trailer and poster for Dying Laughing, a new documentary about the art of stand-up comedy. This is a subject that's been pretty well-covered in the past, but this doc stands out because of the talent it was able to wrangle for interviews: people like Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, and tons more.
The film is making its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival this week, and I'm hoping to be able to check it out and have a review here on the site soon. Fingers crossed.
A stand-up comedian is his or her own writer, director and star performer. Unlike any other art form, there is no safety net. In its singular realization, comedy thrives on a stage—often in front of hostile audiences. For most people, baring your soul and being heckled would be a life-changing trauma. For stand-ups, it's just part of the routine.
Directors Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood achieve a startling level of intimacy in a series of riveting interviews with Garry Shandling, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Billy Connolly, Amy Schumer and many other masters of the comedy universe; allowing in-depth access to the emotional and psychological highs and lows of answering the call to become a comic.
UPDATE 12/8/2016: This is the teaser trailer, a full trailer will be released next week.