Coming to VOD tomorrow, Friday, March 16:
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, LOU DIMAGGIO?
Santa Barbara 2017
Nashville, Beverly Hills, Woodstock Comedy
A former stand-up comedian attempts a comeback.
In the 1980s and ’90s, Lou DiMaggio was a regular performer at Manhattan’s Catch A Rising Star, the same comedy club that helped launch legendary figures like Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and Larry David, among many others. After leaving NYC for the lure of Hollywood, DiMaggio soon stopped performing in favor of comedy writing gigs, even winning an Emmy for WIN BEN STEIN’S MONEY. Kuhlman follows DiMaggio as he sets out to return to the stage, twenty years later, and filmed with trepidation that today’s young audience will care what he has to say. To psych himself up, and simultaneously indulge in some enjoyable and often funny nostalgia, the comic visits with old friends from the comedy club circuit, including Larry David, Colin Quinn, Howie Mandel, Susie Essman, and a candid Jeff Garlin, who warns him away unless he absolutely has to perform. When DiMaggio finally does make an awkward attempt, he bombs horribly, but doesn’t let that stop him. While Kuhlman’s largely talking heads-oriented film breaks no new ground, there’s an odd appeal to his protagonist and his fellow comedians’ frank dissection of the pain and work that go into their craft.