Friday, April 17, 2015

The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall (2013)

Director: ???

Composers: Bruce Stephen Foster, Extreme Music

Starring: Budd Friedman, Judd Apatow, Richard Belzer, Lewis Black, Russell Brand, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon, Kathy Griffin, Jay Leno, Richard Lewis, Mark Lonow, Bill Maher, Ray Romano, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Damon wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans

More info: IMDb

Tagline: They all had to start somewhere

Plot: Several comic greats pay tribute to the legendary stand-up stage founded by Budd Friedman in 1963.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Maybe.

As a stand-up comic fan, shit like this is a no-brainer.  This hour long film is more of a bunch of comics telling stories of their experiences with Bud Friedman and performing at The Improv, there's not nearly enough said about the history of the club and that's a damn shame, you know, 'cause that's what's implied by the title!!!  But who the hell cares.  It's got loads of great comedians shootin' the shit and goofing off for an hour and that's alright by me.  It's fun on that level but I would have preferred a longer show with more than just a Cliff Notes version of the famous comedy joint. 

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