Dying Laughing

1 h 27 min201618+
Dying Laughing is a candid look inside the complicated and fascinating lives of some of the world's greatest stand-up comedians. A beautiful, funny and unique feature length documentary on the agony and the ecstasy of making people laugh.
Lloyd StantonPaul Toogood
Jerry SeinfeldKevin HartSarah Silverman
English [CC]
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Jamie FoxxChris RockAmy SchumerJerry LewisBilly ConnollySteve CooganGarry Shandling
Keith HavilandAdam LongworthSuli McCulloughJohn ThomsonPaul ToogoodLloyd Stanton
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you're a fan of stand up, please watch.
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I've grown increasingly interested in the craft of stand up comedy for a while. I'm often down and don't feel like watching any of your typical abc/cbs/fox show, so I actively look for new comedy specials to watch.

Every genuine belly laugh you get from watching these feels like you're gaining a month of life.

I listen to podcasts and see that some comedians are doing very well financially and the glamour of it all is enticing. This short documentary really highlights how absolutely, soul-crushingly brutal a life of a comedian can be. The best example I saw was when they were interviewing Mike Epps. Mike's "under rated, never faded, X rated" special was filmed in an enormous stadium with tens of thousands of people. But the pain in his eyes when he describes how lonely it can be when no one is there to ask you how you're doing was so surprising to me.

It really goes to show how one sided our perspectives can be from time to time. Great insight from comedians. Highly recommended.
12 people found this helpful
Integrated LivingReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The struggle of creatives is real! SO much empathy!
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Wow, I loved this insightful little film. Finally, someone that might even have it harder than musicians. As a fellow creative, I have so much empathy about how we put ourselves out there in ways other people will never understand, only to be underpaid and undervalued unless you get famous. But if the passion for it is in you, it will never leave you alone. Royale Watkins' and Tiffany Haddish's stories got hot sauce in my eyes. Mike Epps' authenticity was so palpable I wasn't sure whether to be appreciative of or worried about him. I now have a different sort of appreciation for stand-up comics after watching this. Definitely an empathy-inducing watch, and well worth the time. It's time the general 9-5 working public developed a different way of relating to the creatives in our society. Everyone wants to be entertained, but they don't want to value the entertainers until they are headlining a billboard. There's something really wrong about that.
Amy and TayReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent moving documentary
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Excellent moving documentary; while still funny at time throughout while offering an array of raw emotions from each comedian that most any fan can identify with on various levels. There was a fair representation of white & black comics and I was actually impressed & pleased with the number of women comedians included in cast. Where I feel they missed was not including LGBT Comedians & their unique perspective & experiences on the road and in their community. Also, I feel an API Voice would have been good (ex: Jo Koy) and Hispanic Voice (ex: George Lopez, like him or or he has achieved global recognition). Overall, I LOVED it & brought me to tears at least twice & had me laughing frequently & most of relating to these human beings often.
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Craig HaynesReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Still wanna be a stand-up comic after this...see a therapist.
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This is a brutally honest, behind the scenes look at the "glamorous" life of stand-up comedians. There are some very funny and very poignant interview snippets here with some very big national and international names, who tell it, like it is. No one escapes. A lot of the interviews focus on the aspect of 'bombing' and or being heckled and the emotional roller coaster that ensues. Being a professional stand-up, requires inexplicable desire, dedication, persistence and some talent...which, to be frank, is true of all performing artists. Whether you are an artist, a musician, actor, or dancer--it is your soul you put on the line every time you perform. Let's hear it for performing artists...and try to be kind.
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Dana "Dr.D" RichardsonReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Laughed what others call my A@# Off...and, cried a bit too...this is---GREAT!
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Man, watch this show. NO, I'm serious, watch this show...NO, don't say, "I'll catch it later, catch it, NOW! Why- cause it's real, you will feel it, you'll get to see some insides of some geniuses that have walked amongst us- some of whom aren't here anymore, Garry Shandling- GIANT, in comedy, Robin, Joan, Victoria Wood- OH goodness, grab this bad boy, sit your hiney down, and watch it, watch it- I love this thing cause it opens up windows inside my soul that needed some fresh air, after a whole day of "Not even close dude," this puppy rocks in, throws the blinds back, sets the rain aside and blows fresh breeze and laughter in! Get it, best I've seen in ages...get it.
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Shawn M.Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's not as easy as it seems..
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Great perspective from the inside looking out. I have a newfound respect for comedians and the guts it takes to get onstage and to come back after bombing. I never thought Mike Epps was all that funny until he elaborated on the aftermath of being booed offstage. The guy that cried was particularly brave to expose us to his pain after bombing in front of Michael Jordan. That alone would have shut me down for good but it's a great example of the mental fortitude it takes to excell in comedy. Very good documentary.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2018
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Everyone needs to watch this. If you're a stand-up comedian, a sketch comedian, or even an audience member, this is for you. This film really gives a lot of insight into the life of the stand-up comic and from it, my perspective has changed. I've never done stand-up a day in my life, yet I had the nerve to make such harsh and careless judgments on comedians. I used to bash Kevin Hart's stand-up so hard and now that I see what it takes to do to this for a living, I have a new respect for him as an artist. That's essentially what comedy is; an art form. It's so easy to sit back and harshly judge comedians, but seeing this film was a real eye-opener. It was like stepping into their shoes for just a moment. Some people can't even pull off a five-minute set, so imagine a mere moment of feeling that heat. It's interesting that Chris mentioned that "ignorance" is bliss because the general perspective on comedians seems to be that they're very happy people simply because they can laugh at anything. Getting a glimpse into the realness of character that these people possess and some of their daily personal battles caused me to have more respect and appreciation for them and brought me to a new level of understanding. I won't go on because I don't want to make this too long, but I'll just say that for any aspiring stand-up comedian or even sketch comedian, this is a must watch.
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DonDonReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful documentary
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Fantastic storytelling even though it is comprised only of interviews. Lots of great moments, honesty and revelations. Comedians often do what they do without truly opening up emotionally in front of the audience, but this film makes them do that. Loved it. Also a nice selection of comedians of our time from US and UK. It would have been cool to see some interviews from international comedians.
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