THE COMEDIAN'S GUIDE TO SURVIVAL

By Mark MURPHY

PREMIERE PICTURE LIMITED - as FIN

Comedy - Post-Production 2016

Failed stand up comedian James Mullinger comes to a cross roads 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.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Comedy
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Director(s)
    • Mark MURPHY
    • Writer(s)
    • Mark MURPHY, James MULLINGER
    • Producer(s)
    • Alan LATHAM, Mark MURPHY
    • Synopsis
    • Failed stand up comedian James Mullinger comes to a cross roads 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, the editor of GQ, wants him to interview the greatest comedians in the UK and North America for an upcoming comedy special, with the added caveat that he must secure an interview with the ever-elusive Jerry Seinfeld, or the promotion is off the table.

      Recollecting his worst performances and the disasters that followed, James analyses where it all went wrong, and finds himself steering the interviews to his own interests, rather than that of the magazine's. Through spending time with his former heroes, a faint glimmer of his passion for comedy that once stirred within begins to emerge.

      In an epiphany inspired moment, he gets to spend a bizarre day with Ken Jeong, going on a road trip around LA, where Ken berates him for giving up so easily. As a punishment he leaves James stranded, leading to further misadventures.

      Circumstances leave James mugged and stranded in a desert town, where an impromptu stand up set allows him to find his comedy spark.

      With his confidence high he tracks Jerry down to a remote Canadian town, miraculously convincing Jerry to help him out, and for the first time a shot at his dreams.
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