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The Comedian's Guide To Survival. James Mullinger (James Buckley).

The Comedian's Guide To Survival

2016 British comedy film about an aspiring comedian. Stars James Buckley, Paul Kaye, MyAnna Buring, Tim McInnerny, Neil Stuke and others.

The Comedian's Guide To Survival. Image shows from L to R: Phillip (Paul Kaye), James Mullinger (James Buckley).

The Comedian's Guide To Survival

Film about a man forced to choose between a lucrative day job promotion and a floundering comedy career

Genre
Film
Released
2016
Starring
James Buckley, Paul Kaye, MyAnna Buring, Tim McInnerny, Neil Stuke, Kevin Eldon, Mark Heap, Vas Blackwood and others
Writers
James Mullinger and Mark Murphy
Director
Mark Murphy

The story of an embittered journalist aspiring to become a successful stand-up comedian, The Comedian's Guide To Survival provides a unique insight into the comedy scene at the lowest level of motorway service stations and open mic gigs to the highs of Hollywood and the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.

Based on the real life story of James Mullinger, in this film James Buckley plays Mullinger, a magazine writer who wishes he were on the stage rather than interviewing those lucky enough to be on it. James' boss and family implore him to leave the comedy behind and concentrate on his day job rather than traipsing around empty pubs and clubs. Ignoring them, he encounters numerous A-list comedians (many of whom are playing themselves in the film) who inspire him, denigrate him, fulfil him and - occasionally - abuse him.

Shot in England, America and Canada, this is a tale of epic proportions as we follow James on a path of redemption to find his true calling in life.

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