These documentaries tell the stories of five comedians, all of whom are fascinating individuals. To choose making people laugh as a career takes a unique kind of person. Comedians tend to be eccentric and even a little crazy at times. However, they provide a valuable perspective on our culture and society. Whether they are pointing out strange social customs, societal hypocrisy, or just trying to make us laugh, comics have the ear of the world. They have the unique ability to say things people should hear in a way that they’ll actually want to hear it. Each of these subjects has influenced the art of stand up comedy in immeasurable ways, and it is extremely gratifying to hear present day comics talk about them on screen. These documentaries give us a chance to explore what made these men the way they were and are. No two of the five are alike, but they all went through life with a tremendous chip on their shoulder. More importantly, they made us all laugh.
October 15, 2013