It Started as a Joke

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Filmmakers Julie Smith Clem and Ken Druckerman chronicle the decade-long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival - including a final farewell show.

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  • More than a time capsule but less than it could have been, "It Started as a Joke" makes a lovely case that laughter is the best medicine...

    March 15, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • There's a raw power in this footage I'm not sure the filmmakers really have a handle on. It hits upon that primal human need to turn grief into art, to salvage something positive out of all this sadness.

    April 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This documentary breezes by quickly, but it manages to capture its subject soulfully while touching on serious subjects and demonstrating that laughter really is the best medicine sometimes.

    April 3, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Seeing the absurdity of Mirman's stage work, coupled with the irreverent, inside-baseball tenor of the festival's approach to humor, it feels sad that this film is documenting what seems to be an end to this era.

    April 3, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5.0 | Full Review…
  • The comedy festival doc matters most when comedians use humor to heal

    April 2, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a warm and inviting bio-doc of Mirman, one of the funniest and most delightful people in comedy

    April 29, 2019 | Full Review…

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