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||IMDB Rating: 6.3/10 from 210 votes
||Genre: Comedy, Documentary
||Director: Fran Solomita,
||Stars: Barry Crimmins, Bobcat Goldthwait, Colin Quinn, Denis Leary, DJ Hazard, Don Gavin, Janeane Garofalo, Ken Rogerson, Kevin Meaney, Lenny Clarke, Mike Donovan, Paula Poundstone, Steven Wright
||Synopsis: Documentary covering what came to be known as "The Boston Gold Rush" of the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Boston stand-up comedians like Dennis Leary, Steven Wright and Colin Quinn burst upon the national scene, giving audiences a taste of the hard-edged social and political commentary that came out of that city. Written by firstname.lastname@example.org
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This is a movie/documentary whose publicity promises more than it
delivers. All the same - as a student of stand-up comedy and its
history - the DVD will be a welcome part of my collection and is one
that I will repeatedly watch with interest.
The story told is the rise and fall of the comedy club scene in Boston
USA, from 1978 with the opening of little clubs, to their closure in
1988 when the whole thing collapsed - in parallel with the standard of
live comedy in the USA - brought about by the sudden saturation of
bland boring stand-up on cable TV.
The culprits were the actors with slick presentation that started to
take the place of performers with a true comic sensibility. This is
something that is not clearly exposed or explained in the movie, but it
is an issue that to a lesser extent is still with us, and has also
resulted in a fall in the standard of live comedy in the UK.
BUT... Back to the movie! Along with the director Fran Solomita who
also appears in the movie, the key players in this story are Barry
Crimmins and Lenny Clarke - the main MCs from that period in those
Boston clubs. Both of these guys remind me of characters from the UK
comedy scene that I have known and seen. Barry is like the late Malcolm
Hardee - always in relaxed control both on and off-stage by the sheer
weight of his personality. Lenny is a wild man on stage reminiscent of
Alexie Sayle in the early days of the London Comedy Store in precisely
the same era.
I'd never heard of these two comedians before this movie, but there are
a few big name comedians on board to help to tell this story, although
I am not convinced of how big a part they really played in it. Dennis
Leary and Jimmy Tingle have much to say in interviews, but we see less
than a minute each of them on stage, and we never see them talking in
company with the real players in the story.
There is more of Bobcat Goldthwait, both on and off-stage. I've never
been a fan, and I'm afraid these fresh clips didn't convert me. Oh...
and we see Kevin Meaney doing his "man in the street" routine - taking
a mic and camera into the street, bus, restaurant, ladies toilet,
etc... He's certainly daring, but there's not much wit on show.
The biggest star name comedian involved is Steven Wright, and at the
heart of this movie is the story of how he went from nowhere to making
his name on the couch of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. This, and
the later dramatic rise of Bobcat to the Letterman Show were the events
that revealed the rivalry and ambition that goes alongside the close
working and personal relationship between comedians.
This leads to some of the most interesting and serious interview
contributions in the movie. Unfortunately much of the interview
material does not have the same substance, and makes you look forward
to the next clip of stage work. Unfortunately again, many of these
clips are of the journeyman comedians of the time who demonstrate why
they have remained so anonymous. The occasional clips of open mic
oddballs are far more memorable.
One part of this movie appears misplaced. The interviews with Paula
Poundstone and Janeane Garafalo seem to be in the package simply to
prevent this being an all-male movie. They clearly weren't of the same
generation as the key players of this story and are not closely
involved with the story being told.
The movie concludes with the present day reunion concert, and it is
interesting to see how the key players have weathered over 25 years,
including their stage presence. It makes for a fitting end to the
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, Bobcat Goldthwait
, Colin Quinn
, Denis Leary
, DJ Hazard
, Don Gavin
, Janeane Garofalo
, Ken Rogerson
, Kevin Meaney
, Lenny Clarke
, Mike Donovan
, Paula Poundstone
, Steven Wright
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