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The art, agony and gooseflesh of stand-up comedy in 'Dying Laughing'

The art, agony and gooseflesh of stand-up comedy in 'Dying Laughing'

No one knows for sure who came up with the celebrated bromide "dying is easy, comedy is hard," but it's a thought that's perfectly suited to the subject matter of the brisk documentary "Dying Laughing."

An involving examination of and tribute to the art and agony of stand-up comedy, "Dying Laughing" will leave you convinced that a) comedians spend a lot of time thinking about their work and b) it's too difficult and even painful a vocation to take on unless you absolutely feel it as a calling.

"Comedians are damaged people, very vulnerable people," says Keenen Ivory Wayans, with Steve Coogan noting, "well-adjusted, spiritual...

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