"I Need Laughs," the documentary I made about performing comedy in NYC, is featured at Gawker.TV today.
Filmed in a conspiratorial style, with low contrast, shrouded profiles, and the documentarian's face either obscured by darkness or cut off altogether in many of his solo confessional scenes, I Need Laughs blurs the line of demarcation separating performer and audience. Performance scenes shot from the backs of rooms, flanked by silhouetted audience members or from behind half-empty glasses of booze give the viewer a sense of being let in on a secret.
(Btw, R.G. Daniels once described it to me as the Serpico-ish version of Seinfeld's "Comedian." Sounds about right.)
The post also includes some kind words about this here blog too. Big thanks to Rebecca V. O'Neal for the nice writeup.
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