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The Comedian's Guide to Survival (2016)

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One man's journey around the world to discover the secret of comedy.

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Mark Murphy

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Buckley ... James Mullinger
Paul Kaye ... Phillip
Kevin Eldon ... Nick Secker
MyAnna Buring ... Nell
Mark Heap ... Pick Up Driver
Vas Blackwood ... Dustin
James Mullinger ... Brad Macey
Jalaal Hartley Jalaal Hartley ... Lance
Clair Buckley Clair Buckley ... Pam
Tim McInnerny ... Corporate Boss
Peter Woodward ... Morris
Richard Sandling ... Richard
Natalie Stone ... Olivia Macey
David Hargreaves David Hargreaves ... Jessie
Charley McDougall ... Jimmy Benson (as Charley Mcdougall)
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Struggling comedian James Mullinger (based on the eponymous, real-life comedian) has come to a crossroads in his life; no one wants to see him perform, his wife is fed up, and his day time boss has given him an ultimatum - take a promotion and never do stand up again, or stick to the comedy and lose his job. To add salt to the wound, his boss sends him to L.A. to interview some of the greatest comedians alive for the magazine. Through spending time with his former heroes, a faint glimmer of his passion for stand-up comedy begins to stir again... Written by Mark Murphy

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One man's journey around the world to discover the secret of comedy.

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28 October 2016 (UK) See more »

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Clair Buckley who plays Pam, James Mullinger's (James Buckley) wife in the film, is actually James Buckley's real life wife. See more »

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Funny as an antelope's elbow!
2 December 2017 | by iantraderSee all my reviews

It's difficult to know where to start with the list of things that are wrong with this movie.

As any comedian should know (but many don't!) simply splattering your act - or the script - with expletives is not necessarily funny. Maybe it was back in the early days of Billy Connolly but you hear this every day in the playground (alas) so it's lost any shock value (which it relied on rather than comedic value). And the rest of the (non-expletive) script just isn't funny.

The lead is as bland and as uninspiring a character as you can imagine and his persona doesn't change on stage. It's based on a book by said comedian so no wonder I haven't heard of him.

This might appeal to some comedians on an intellectual level (that is, they can see the truth in some of what happens) but if you're looking for proper laughs, guffaws or even advice you'll need to look elsewhere.


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