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Dying Laughing

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"An involving examination of and tribute to the art and agony of stand-up comedy"
  —Los Angeles Times
"An illuminating and memorable collection of firsthand observations"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Directors Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood have assembled a Hall of Fame roster of comics...and they all speak with candor, hilarious insight and sometimes deadly serious intimacy... they're wonderful, mesmerizing, honest, raw, brilliant storytellers"
  —Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars "There aren't any lapses into tedious self-pity... Even when they're bitching about an injustice of the profession they can't resist a good line"

Featuring Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, Bob Saget, Jamie Foxx, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Lewis, Steve Coogan, Bobby Lee, and the late Garry Shandling, Dying Laughing is a candid look inside the agony and ecstasy of making people laugh for a living.

A stand-up comedian must be the writer, the director, and the star performer. There is no rehearsal, no practice, and no safety net when you are in front of a live audience. For most people, baring their soul on stage and having an audience "boo" at you would become a life-long trauma, but for stand-up comedians, it is a nightly challenge. "Comedy is purely a result of your ability to withstand self-torture"—Jerry Seinfeld.

This funny and heartfelt documentary contains original interviews interlaced with personal footage of life on the road, all from a comedian's point of view. Once you take this step behind the curtain, you will never look at these funny folks the same way again.

Directed by Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood, UK, 2016, 89 mins.


  • Fri., Feb. 24 at 6 & 8 pm
  • Sat.–Sun., Feb. 25–26 at 5:45 & 7:45 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Feb. 27–Mar. 2 at 6 & 8 pm
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$5 for Facets Members

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
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  • Polk Bros. Foundation