It Started As a Joke Reviews

April 5, 2020
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 3, 2020
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
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 2, 2020
The comedy festival doc matters most when comedians use humor to heal
April 29, 2019
It's a warm and inviting bio-doc of Mirman, one of the funniest and most delightful people in comedy
April 29, 2019
A compelling and moving tribute to an era of alt-comedy that suddenly took the mainstream by storm, and is worthwhile viewing for any and all fans of this brand of humor.
March 15, 2019
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
"It Started As a Joke" really makes it feel like you've been privy to something special, not only in terms of comedy, but in terms of the potential of people.
March 13, 2019
It Started As A Joke is often as entertaining as a solid set from any one of the featured comedians, but it also has a serious streak in the insight it offers into Mirman's challenges off the stage.
March 12, 2019
It Started As A Joke celebrates the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival as well as offering some insight into the life of comedian Eugene Mirman.