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When Stand Up Stood Out (2005)





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The documentary When Stand Up Stood Out charts the stand-up comedy boom and then decline that took place in Boston during the late seventies and eighties. Consisting of both vintage footage from the era and interviews with the people who were a part of the scene, the film showcases how this fertile comedic territory produced such famous names as Steven Wright, Denis Leary, Bobcat Goldthwait, Colin Quinn, and Paula Pundstone.
Comedy , Documentary
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Hieroglyphic Productions


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Critic Reviews for When Stand Up Stood Out

All Critics (3)

Fran Solomita can hold his breath and stamp his feet, but that isn't going to make 1970s-to-80s Boston much more than a footnote in the history of stand-up comedy

July 7, 2006

After watching "When Stand Up Stood Out", you will not need Comedy Central as much as you think you do.

Full Review… | June 28, 2006
Film Threat

When Stand-Up Stood Out is enough to make any stand-up nut happy.

Full Review… | June 13, 2006

Audience Reviews for When Stand Up Stood Out


OUTSTANDING! A MUST SEE for fans of comedy and an heck of a ride for anyone who's a fan of Eighties Excess. The Boston Comedy Scene was just that, a scene. This documentary mixes old footage-- performance and backstage-- with recent interviews to take you right in the middle of what was going down. There are really funny comedians here, with familiar names like Dennis Leary and Steven Wright, but also some hilarious guys who were fixtures in New England, but never made it nationwide. And when you see all that they were doing (injesting), a lot of it makes sense. That sort of wild time could never repeat itself, but for a moment you can feel like you're living when the madmen ruled the asylum. Laugh, cry, be amazed they're still alive, and enjoy the ride.

chuck jones
chuck jones

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