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Dying Laughing – Chris Rock, Stephen K Amos, Billy Connolly, Kevin Hart…

The Definitive In-Depth Look at Stand-Up Comedy by Legends of the Industry

Release Date: 16th June 2017
Running time: 88 mins
Certificate: 15
Directors: Paul Toogood, Lloyd Stanton
Cast: Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Coogan, Eddie Izzard, Amy Schumer, Billy Connolly, Paul Provenza, Sarah Silverman, Rick Overton, Jerry Lewis, Stephen K. Amos, Dave Attell, Sandra Bernhard, Tiffany Haddish, Frankie Boyle, Jo Brand, Neal Brennan, Bobby Lee, Jim Jefferies, Tom Dreesen, Kirk Fox, Cocoa Brown, Keenen Ivory Wayans


Synopsis:
DYING LAUGHING is a candid look inside the agony and ecstasy of making people laugh for a living. A stand-up comedian must be the writer, the director, and the star performer. There is no rehearsal, no practice, and no safety net when you’re in front of a live audience. For most people, baring their soul on stage and having an audience “boo” at you would become a life-long trauma, but for stand-up comedians, it’s a nightly challenge. The funny and heartfelt documentary contains original interviews interlaced with personal footage of life on the road – all from a comedian’s point of view. Once you take this step behind the curtain, you will never look at these funny folks the same way again.”


I seem to remember all of the comedy gigs I’ve been to in the past; where they were, who the funniest comedian was, and that one joke I always managed to carry away that when I think back, makes me chuckle. There is a sometimes a kind of uncomfortableness about some of the jokes, because they are very close to home, or something we shouldn’t be laughing at, but other jokes – the mere observation of our ridiculousness makes us laugh at ourselves. I’m always aware that I’ve gone to see a show, ready to laugh, prepared to be entertained, with no idea how the comedian is planning to entertain and keep me amused.

Dying Laughing sets the record straight. In it, iconic comedians speak to camera about their experience of stand-up comedy, from starting out, through writing, up on to the stage. These are well-known comedians, from the USA and the UK. They speak of laughter, hecklers, touring, loneliness, mental health, and bombing, and they took me on a rollercoaster of emotions.

At the start of the film, when they are speaking about the fun parts of comedy, there was a moment when I wondered if I could do stand-up. When they started to talk about me/you/us the audience, and the hecklers, it reminded me of that infamous Bernie Mac performance, ‘I ain’t scared of you….!’, and as the documentary goes on, I realised that it takes a certain strength to be a comedian. One I don’t have! I think Chris Rock sums it up best in the documentary, when he speaks about comedians being observers, intelligent observers – ignorance is bliss, and so the other side is quite painful, that observations, that knowing, being a viewer.

I left the cinema smiling, and in awe. An absolutely brilliant film, as I said, prepare to go on an emotional rollercoaster.

DYING LAUGHING is in UK cinemas and On Demand 16th June http://www.dyinglaughingfilm.com

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Updated ~ TV: Black Cinema Season on Film4: Wed 2 – Mon 14 Nov

To tie-in with the launch of the BFI’s Black Star season, Film4 presents a celebration of black filmmaking talent both in front of and behind the camera.

Wednesday 2nd November

12 Years A Slave12-years-a-slave – 9pm

Steve McQueen’s Film4-backed historical drama, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender

Thursday 3rd November

shameShame – 11.10pm

Michael Fassbender stars as a New York sex addict, directed by Steve McQueen

hunger-steve-mcqueenHunger – 1.15am

Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen directs an account of the IRA hunger strike and its leader Bobby Sands.

Friday 4th November

noel-clarke-the-anomalyThe Anomaly – 9pm

Former soldier Ryan (Noel Clarke) experiences his life in ten minute spells, jumping further into the future after every one

ghost-dog-samuraiGhost Dog: The Way of the Samurai – 12.40am

ghost-dog-samurai2Idiosyncratic director Jim Jarmusch pays homage to the samurai movie with a hybrid of the hip hop and mob genres. Forest Whitaker stars as a loner hitman in this hauntingly poetic and obliquely funny gem

Saturday 5th November

Just Wrightjust-wright – 4:50pm

Queen Latifah plays a physical therapist falling for Common’s recovering basketball pro in this romantic comedy

Man On Firema6n-on-fire – 11:05pm

Denzel Washington stars as the bodyguard of the daughter of a wealthy couple in Mexico City who wreaks bloody revenge when she is kidnapped. Action thriller from Tony Scott

Sunday 6th November

Brewster’s Millionsbrewsters-millions – 4.40pm

Richard Pryor stars as Montgomery Brewster, a low-league baseball player who discovers that a distant relative has left him $300m in their will

PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia – 9pm

Denzel Washington and Oscar-winning Tom Hanks star in Jonathan Demme’s powerful drama.

bringing-down-the-houseBringing Down the House – 11.35pm

Odd couples don’t come much odder than Steve Martin and Queen Latifah, who team up for this mildly diverting but very predictable farce from the director of The Wedding Planner

Monday 7th November

irobotI, Robot – 6.45pm

Futuristic thriller starring Will Smith as a troubled cop whose issues with the ever-increasing robot population are seemingly vindicated when one of them becomes a murder suspect. Slick sci-fi from Alex Proyas, director of Dark City

mona-lisaMona Lisa – 1.20am

From award winning Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan, this is the unsettling story of George, a small-time crook and eternal victim

Tuesday 8th November

babymother1Babymother – 2.05am

babymotherSingle mother Anita (Anjela Lauren Smith) has attitude and ambition, and determined to become a successful singer forms an all girl reggae group with her two friends.

Wednesday 9th November

negotiator-samuel-l-jacksonThe Negotiator – 11pm

Based-on-a-true-story thriller starring Samuel L Jackson and Kevin Spacey as two police negotiators going head to head.

gone-too-farGone Too Far – 1:50am

Two estranged teenage brothers, one who grew up in Nigeria and one who grew up in Peckham, meet for the first time and struggle to accept each other

Thursday 10th November

12-years-a-slave12 Years a Slave – 9pm

Steve McQueen’s Film4-backed historical drama, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender

 

whats-love-got-toWhat’s Love Got To Do With It – 11.30pm

Agreeably camped-up biopic, ringing with righteous sentimentality and brassy defiance, with a furiously good central performance from Bassett.

second-comingSecond Coming – 1.50am

Debbie Tucker Green’s drama follows a tight family unit navigating their way through family life as it breaks down in the aftermath of an unexplained pregnancy

Friday 11th November

GhostGhost – 11.05pm

Heaven can wait for Patrick Swayze in this supernatural love story starring Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg.

 

Saturday 12th November

irobotI, Robot – 6.45pm
Futuristic thriller starring Will Smith as a troubled cop whose issues with the ever-increasing robot population are seemingly vindicated when one of them becomes a murder suspect. Slick sci-fi from Alex Proyas, director of Dark City

48-hours.jpg48 HRS. – 12am

Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy star in Walter Hill’s fast and furious cop comedy. Murphy is the motor-mouthed crook who helps cynical cop Nolte avenge the death of the latter’s former associates

Sunday 13th November

Last King of Scotland.jpgThe Last King Of Scotland – 11pm

Forest Whitaker stars in this blistering thriller about Ugandan dictator Idi Amin

 

Monday 14th November

best-man-holidayThe Best Man Holiday – 9pm

Malcolm D Lee directs this heart-warming comedy-drama sequel to 1999’s The Best Man.

 

Check here for updates, additions and changes: http://www.film4.com/whats-on/black-cinema-season-on-film4