It’s impossible to catch/watch/know about EVERYTHING but as a fan of stand-up I’m slightly ashamed to have never seen or heard about the 2010 film I Am Comic before co-worker Cass clued me into it this morning.
Through unprecedented backstage access and candid interviews, the film weaves through the absurd world of the working comedian and reveals a crazy and hilarious psychological profile of its practitioners. The film follows retired comic Ritch Shydner’s attempt to climb back on stage after a thirteen-year hiatus.
At the top of his game in the 1980’s, Shydner had HBO specials, shot five pilot TV shows, and numerous late night appearances (Carson, Letterman, Leno, etc.) but the big time eluded him. Equipped with the collective wisdom and nutty musings of over 80 of his peers, he gives it another shot.
In this clip from the movie, Nick Kroll discusses a fake check he once wrote for his mom for $5K and what happened on the day he was finally able to write it for real.
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Yeah, the son of a bitch had me going too.