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

The Comedian's Guide To Survival

  • 2016 film

Film about a man forced to choose between a lucrative day job promotion and a floundering comedy career. Stars James Buckley, Paul Kaye, MyAnna Buring, Tim McInnerny, Neil Stuke and more.

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

Key details

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

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.

Additional details

UK certificate
15
Duration
95 minutes
UK cinematic release
Friday 28th October 2016
Produced
2015
UK premiere
Thursday 27th October 2016
Distributors

GSP Studios

Production
Studio
Picture
Colour

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Tuesday 12th June 2018 at 11:00pm on London Live
  • Saturday 9th June 2018 at 11:45pm on London Live
  • Wednesday 28th June 2017 at 11:30pm on London Live

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