A ridiculous roster of stand-ups, some posthumously, and others thankfully alive, rallied to share the joys and agonies of a life in comedy in the upcoming documentary “Dying Laughing”. It’s inherent that star-studded documentaries often take themselves too seriously, but sometimes that’s an okay price to pay for juicy nuggets of wisdom. The highly augmented, tightly-edited trailer promises some pretentious, easy moments, but many worthy revelations from legends like Garry Shandling and Jerry Seinfeld. The trailer includes a few moments that appear too orchestrated to really land as touching, but then there’s the heartbeat where Shandling, an old-ish man, but so very young looking with those wide eyes asks, “there’s gotta be a secret, right?”. And you’re hooked.
The film appears to be a string of seated interviews with comedians (based on the trailer), but the sum charisma of its cast is enough to ensure that won’t grow tiresome. The revelation that you’re never too good or too famous to fail, from literally any viewpoint including the most polar of imaginable circumstances on this planet, looks promising. Maybe that’s only true for stand-ups and comedy nerds, but the story-telling abilities of the film’s subjects should ensure the rest of humankind is into it, right? Doesn’t everyone find this stuff interesting?
“Dying Laughing” will be available in theaters and on demand February 24th and was co-created by Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood. If you need to know specifically what the “ridiculous roster” entails, it’s interviews from Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Sarah Silverman, Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly, Steve Coogan, Mike Epps, DL Hughley, Amy Schumer, Bob Saget, Bobby Lee, Bonnie McFarlane, Cocoa Brown, Dave Attell, David A. Arnold, Dom Irrera, Emo Philips, George Wallace, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Jefferies, Paul Provenza, Rick Overton, Russell Peters, Sam Tripoli, Sandra Bernhard, Tommy Davidson, & more.