Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Have you ever wondered what it is really like to be a stand-up comedian? Well, “Dying Laughing” is a new film that will allow audiences to hear from some of the biggest stars in comedy and how they became household names in this highly competitive industry.

It features candid, one-on-one interviews with long time veterans like Jerry Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and the late Gary Shandling. It also includes appearances from more recent comedic superstars like Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumar, Mike Epps, Sarah SilvermanCedric the Entertainer and Cocoa Brown.

Here’s the film’s full synopsis:

Whilst painters, writers, musicians even dancers are talked about as Artists, stand-up comedians are often regarded as mere entertainers – yet their work has possibly 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 matters whilst making us howl with laughter. A stand-up comedian must be the writer, the director and the star performer, and unlike any other performance 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 to then have an audience boo or heckle them would be a life-changing trauma, for stand-ups it’s a weekly challenge.  “Dying Laughing” is a unique glimpse into the agony and ecstasy of performance along with an singular examination into the day-to-day life of a professional stand-up.

“Dying Laughing” is directed by Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood and will be released in theaters and on demand beginning on February 24. 

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