Film Review: Dying Laughing
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An interesting insight into the psychology behind stand-up comedy, Dying Laughing gathers together an impressive roster of comedians - from both the UK and the US - to speak candidly about the ups and downs of being a professional clown. Directed by Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood, the documentary sees the likes of Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Connolly, Steve Coogan, Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer discuss the creative process of their craft. Through all the jokes, anecdotes and honest, emotional stories offered up throughout the film, it becomes clear that stand-up comedy is a profession that can be as soul-crushing as it can be uplifting for those who dare to take the stage. As you might expect, several of the comedians who sit down and speak to the camera do so with a certain amount of jest in everything they say. Ever the jokesters, many of the revelations that come from the film are accompanied by a sense of self-effacing humour than underpins the candid honesty on display. When asked about the profession and how they classify themselves in the world, they answer thoughtfully, and with the rapid response that we have come to expect.
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