Standing Up: Film Screening

Three unlikely aspiring comedians risk everything to find their voices on the cutthroat New York stand-up scene. David Finklestein is an ultra-Orthodox Jew from a secluded Brooklyn sect. Although he risks expulsion from his community with every performance, comedy is David’s only way of coping with his crippling anxiety. Sara Parks moved to New York to become a comic star, but is barely scraping by with menial jobs. On the verge of being homeless, Sara is under incredible pressure to break into comedy before it breaks her. Raafat Toss is a successful personal injury lawyer whose Egyptian immigrant parents discouraged him from pursuing stand-up. Now, bored with his career, he's finally ready to go after his passion. As their love of comedy is tested again and again, each must ultimately decide just how far they're willing to go - and how much they're willing to sacrifice - for a laugh.

10/24/2018 5:00 PM

Door Time: 4:45 PM

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A feature-length documentary following three unlikely aspiring stand-up comedians – an ultra-Orthodox Jew, a couch surfing custodian, and a personal injury lawyer – risking everything to find their voices on the cutthroat New York comedy scene.



SHOW: Wed, Oct 24th @ 5pm
TICKETS: $5 (plus taxes & fees)

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ABOUT THE FILM

Three unlikely aspiring comedians risk everything to find their voices on the cutthroat New York stand-up scene. David Finklestein is an ultra-Orthodox Jew from a secluded Brooklyn sect. Although he risks expulsion from his community with every performance, comedy is David’s only way of coping with his crippling anxiety. Sara Parks moved to New York to become a comic star, but is barely scraping by with menial jobs. On the verge of being homeless, Sara is under incredible pressure to break into comedy before it breaks her. Raafat Toss is a successful personal injury lawyer whose Egyptian immigrant parents discouraged him from pursuing stand-up. Now, bored with his career, he's finally ready to go after his passion. As their love of comedy is tested again and again, each must ultimately decide just how far they're willing to go - and how much they're willing to sacrifice - for a laugh.

*** IMPORTANT TICKETING & POLICY INFO ***

TICKETS: Vermont Comedy Club works with a will-call system, meaning we do not print physical tickets. To gain entry, simply check in at the box office the night of the show with your ticket confirmation (printout or phone) or a valid ID.

LATE ENTRY: Entering the room mid-show is distracting. Please be respectful and arrive on time! If you arrive at a show more than 30 minutes after the scheduled showtime, you WILL NOT be admitted and will not be issued a refund. (Unless otherwise indicated, doors open 30 minutes before showtime.)

AUDIENCE ETIQUETTE: We want EVERYONE to have a good time. We encourage you to laugh a lot and interact with performers when invited to do so. During the show, please DO NOT chat with friends or shout unsolicited things at the performers. Disruptive patrons WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE and will not receive a refund.

REFUNDS: We do not provide ticket refunds! No exceptions. If the venue or performer has to reschedule a show, you will be given the option to transfer your ticket to the new show date or get a credit for the same amount to a future show at VCC.

Three unlikely aspiring comedians risk everything to find their voices on the cutthroat New York stand-up scene. David Finklestein is an ultra-Orthodox Jew from a secluded Brooklyn sect. Although he risks expulsion from his community with every performance, comedy is David’s only way of coping with his crippling anxiety. Sara Parks moved to New York to become a comic star, but is barely scraping by with menial jobs. On the verge of being homeless, Sara is under incredible pressure to break into comedy before it breaks her. Raafat Toss is a successful personal injury lawyer whose Egyptian immigrant parents discouraged him from pursuing stand-up. Now, bored with his career, he's finally ready to go after his passion. As their love of comedy is tested again and again, each must ultimately decide just how far they're willing to go - and how much they're willing to sacrifice - for a laugh.