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I am Comic2010

  • 3.6
Through candid interviews and unprecedented backstage access, this documentary explores the world of the working comedian and reveals a funny psychological profile of its practitioners. Also, we follow a retired comic's attempt to get back on stage after a thirteen-year absence. Ritch Shydner, at the top of his game in the 1980's, had HBO specials, shot five pilot TV shows and had numerous late night appearances (Carson, Letterman, Leno, etc.) but never reached the big time. Ritch gives it another shot, but the scene has changed. Does Ritch have what it takes to connect with today's young crowds, and still get the laughs?

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If you have any interest in standing up in front of an audience to try the daunting challenge of making them laugh watch this first. It covers the whole thing from success to failure. I think Ill stick to making my family and friends watch me bomb.

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There are a lot of little things in this movie that are significant. It's less about what makes the best comedians great and more about what traits comedians have in common and what drives them.

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A talking head piece with a generous amount of participants, I Am Comic cavalierly dishes on joke stealing, the anatomy of timing, hecklers and a myriad of other topics. Don't expect the stylistic trappings of Errol Morris or Alex Gibney, this is more of a straight forward, no bells and whistles, exploration of the mad men and women that perform stand up.

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I've always considered stand up comics to be the bravest people in show business - it's just you and the mic and you live and die by your material and performance, now I know they're the stoned-est people in show business, which may or may not make perfect sense. Great movie!

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If you have any interest in standing up in front of an audience to try the daunting challenge of making them laugh watch this first. It covers the whole thing from success to failure. I think Ill stick to making my family and friends watch me bomb.

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This film makes comedy look like fashion.. Other then the great breakdown of what makes up a stand up routine. This film just feels dated. I mean Brian Regan?? Who the Hell is he? This needs an update!

I like the premise but felt like the material used wasn't great or maybe it wasn't planned out. I found it kind of tiring to watch after a while. Tommy Davidson's short stand up snippet was really funny though.

There are some hilarious moments and an unexpected comeback story that probably even surprised the director. Great material.

There's a huge difference between riffing on the corner with your friends and writing comedy, with coheiseve joke structure that will actually take the crowd to a hilarious destination where your eyes are watering, just short of pissing yourself. As a person who thought that corner gig would translate to the stage, I tried stand-up, and thankfully, I was humbled. this movie tells a terrific story of the grind and disappointment often times, of the life of a stand-up comedian. The lonely, substance driven gnawing of an even more addictive drug, laughter and acceptance. Comedy is hard work, just like any other paying job, and often times it's not about the dough, it's about the craft and the frienships. Everyone should stand up there alone for 5 minutes and bare their souls because it's a great place to find out just how strong, and honest, you can really be.

not bad, but could have used a little more "funny".