I Am Comic – Review

Posted January 30, 2010 in

I Am Comic

Slamdance Film Festival

Director: Jordan Brady

I Am Comic is a lighthearted look at the lives, trials and motives of professional comedians.  I must confess, I’m a true blue sucker when it comes to stand up comedy.  Something about the stage performance itself makes  jokes feel funnier – allows the laughs to come easier.  Watching these comedians be interviewed (less than half of whom took the process even remotely seriously), was just a damn good time.  While many comedians spoke honestly about the nature of their work, I certainly didn’t learn much I wouldn’t have more-or-less assumed about the world of a professional comedian.  While this lack of substantial new information may be a turn-off for documentary film fans, the movie is nevertheless hilarious and I can’t say there was a soul in my super-packed screening not enjoying every moment thoroughly.  Retired comedian Ritch Shydner brings empathy and a successful human element to the film as he attempts to reenter the game with varying degrees of success.  Through his difficulties and triumphs I Am Comic begins to really show what it takes to do standup comedy – Shydner is rusty, and every step is a struggle the audience can see and feel.  Shydner’s story combined with the hilarious interviews makes for a very fun viewing experience.

Jesse Hawlish 


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Screening Times:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 8:00 pm - Treasure Mountain Inn

Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 1:00 pm - Treasure Mountain Inn