This year a new film is set to be released as it looks to capture a more honest side about comedy. The film Dying Laughing which features Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Chris Rock, the late Gary Shandling makes it’s premiere today at the Los Angeles Film Festival. A teaser of the new film has since been released.
A stand-up comedian is his or her own writer, director and star performer. Unlike any other art form, there is no safety net. In its singular realization, comedy thrives on a stage—often in front of hostile audiences. For most people, baring your soul and being heckled would be a life-changing trauma. For stand-ups, it’s just part of the routine.