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Understanding Comedy by Doing it in 'Alone Up There'

It’s no secret that sometimes comedy is taken a bit too seriously. Comedy obsessives love not just the jokes, but the mechanics and emotions of the comedy world. There are a raft of comedy documentaries exploring comedy and comedians, but do they really have anything significant to add to the discussion? This series looks at comedy documentaries and whether they’re interesting, insightful, and possibly even…funny?

In Alone Up There, Canadian filmmaker and comedy fan Sean Patrick Shaul set out to understand and explore stand-up as an art form. The documentary is an over-arching look at modern comedy, in the vein of I Am Comic. Much of the film [...]