I’m a fan of stand up comedy, though usually preferring to watch it from the comfort of my own home unless I know the comedians are going to be amazing, like a Chris Rock or Russell Peters. But no matter what live performance I go to, other than music, I still always have this cringe feeling inside that the person on stage, be it an actor or comedian, is going to be bad.
If you see someone bomb at home on your TV you can always just shut off the box, unlike live where you have to stay glued to your seat. So when it comes to people who heckle performers, I can understand where they are coming from, to a point, but generally they just make the performance worse or make themselves look bad by yelling something out. But no matter where you go, hecklers exist, so this documentary based on them was going to make for interesting viewing.
The first part of this documentary was very funny as dozens of comics were interviewed and asked their thoughts on hecklers as well as their best, or worst, experiences with them. Then during the second and third part it got a lot more serious and really got into deeper issues. It even had a big section on reviewers, which being one myself, made for interesting viewing.
I think a lot of people could get something out of this film and not just performers, as it really does delve into the world of the ‘watcher’ and how often it’s their own inner feelings of inadequacies that causes them to voice out negatively either in person or over the net with reviews or blogs.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!