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Psychologically, comedy is a well-known hazard to a person’s health. Some of the world’s best comics have struggled with substance abuse and disrupted home lives due to the demands comedy has made on their psyches. Richard Pryor, of course, comes to mind, as does John Belushi, Chris Farley, and scores of others.
A less dramatic and more universal hazard of comedy is the instability of stand up. The audiences are fickle, and finding long-term success in the business is unlikely. In the movie I Am ComicRead the rest of this entry »
There are lots of popular comics you can catch as their specials make their rounds. You can sometimes find Louis C.K. on HBO or Chris Rock on Showtime – heck, if you have a huge television provider like Cable-TV.com or something to that effect, you might even find reruns of George Carlin at his best.
They make it look so easy, don’t they?
They strut around the stage, casually holding that mic in one hand and talking to you like you’re old pals.
What lots of people don’t realize is that these talented men and women all had a starting point and even now, stand-up comedy can be quite hard. It’s all about engaging the audience and making them care about you and what you have to say.
Any comic will tell you that it’s no small task and it becomes harder and harder each day. You need to almost develop a certain kind of charisma that lets the audience know that you are there for them, but you don’t need them.
You need them to respect you enough to stick around and laugh at your jokes and, in a lot of ways, you really have to be good enough. That’s a whole lot of abstracts and something you kind of need to learn as you go.
More than anything, though, stand-up is a battle internally with oneself. Having enough will and courage to take that mic and show the folks a good time. Comedy isn’t all fun and games, surprisingly enough.
“I Am Comic” a documentary about stand-up comedy, by Jordan Brady, comedian and filmmaker premiered at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival.
Sarah Silverman, Jeff Foxworthy, Lewis Black, Bobcat Goldthwait, Phyllis Diller, Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr and many other comics talk about what they do. The comic’s main purpose is to make people forget their troubles and have a good time. They do what Donald O’Connor did in the movie “Singing” in the Rain’ they “Make ‘Em Laugh.”
It’s hard to think of anything more Read the rest of this entry »
The 2010 documentary “I Am Comic” was directed by former standup comedian Jordan Brady. The film delves into the world of stand-up comedy and tries to give some indication of the trials and tribulations comedians must endure to find success.
Brady is familiar with these ups and downs, as he struggled for years in comedy before gaining traction in the 1980s as part of an improve group in the Richmond, Va., area. Brady used his clean-cut good looks to develop characters and sketches for the group Comedy Underground that represented subversive aspects of a rigid society. Read the rest of this entry »
“I Am Comic” is a documentary about the world of stand-up comedy and is directed by Jordan Brady. It focuses on such comedy legends as Phyllis Diller, Lewis Black, Tim Allen, and a host of others. The movie is unique because it centers on these actors as they perform and give behind the scenes interviews about everything dealing in comedy. These actors give great insight into not only the rewards, but also the hard work and dedication that they put forth in order to get to where they are. It provides a realistic look at the good times Read the rest of this entry »
I am comic is filled with talented actor and actresses.
They could not have chosen a more complete line up, including, Sarah Silverman, Tim Allen, Jeff Foxworthy, Kathy Griffin, Jim Gaffigan.
This is the movie that keeps on producing laugh after laugh after laugh.
Comedy is one of the hardest jobs to be successful at. It takes true raw talent to take someone out of their element, transform their troubles, remove their inhibitions and get them to simply laugh. The talent lined up in this film was genius, it encompassed so many styles of comedians that there was Read the rest of this entry »