It Started As A Joke

It Started As a Joke

IT STARTED AS A JOKE is a feature documentary that chronicles the decade-long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival – including a final farewell show. The film celebrates Eugene’s unique brand of humor and his role in the alternative comedy movement, offers a bittersweet goodbye to an era, and reminds us of the healing properties of comedy – even in the most challenging of life’s circumstances. The film includes interviews with MICHAEL IAN BLACK, KRISTEN SCHAAL, WYATT CENAC, IRA GLASS, JOHN HODGMAN, KUMAIL NANJIANI, REGGIE WATTS and MICHAEL SHOWALTER, along with performances by JANEANE GAROFALO, JIM GAFFIGAN, JON GLASER, MIKE BIRBIGLIA, BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT and more. 

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Julie Smith Clem

Ken Druckerman



Directors: Julie Smith Clem, Ken Druckerman
Executive Producer: Julie Smith Clem, Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Eugene Mirman, Jordana Mollick, Michael Showalter, Olivia Wingate
Producer: Geoff O'Brien, Kevin Vargas, Meri Haitkin
Cinematographer: Jeremy Gould
Editor: Geoff O'Brien
Principal Cast: Eugene Mirman, Michael Showalter, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Kumail Nanjiani, Janeane Garofalo, H. Jon Benjamin, Ira Glass, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jon Glaser
Additional Credits: Post Production Supervisor: Susan Naples Scotti, Post Production Supervisor: Lucas Mumford, Additional Photography: Jaron Berman, Line Producer: McKenna Dabbs, Production Manager: Alexis Smith, Audio Supervisor: Steven Micallef, Lighting Director: Rick Siegel


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Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Comedy, Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 75:16 mins