Stand Up For Charlie: What Does It Take To Roast A Dead Man?
Stand Up For Charlie – What Does It Take To Roast A Dead Man?
Written by: Will
Directed by: Chris Swney
A group of stand up comedians deal with grief, guilt and responsibility after the celebrity they verbally destroy at a comedy roast commits suicide.
Stand Up For Charlie is a dark comedy centred on the people who make us laugh for a living. It's an examination on what it means to get a laugh out of an audience -- and just how far we'll go to do it.
When the comedians are offered by a seedy entertainment manager to take part in a 'Post Roast' - a comedy roast dedicated to the already dead Charlie, questions, emotions and the dead are all raised, as the nature of comedy and the power of words are put on display. Just what does it take to roast a dead man?
The play promises to be an interesting character
study on the pressure it takes to make other people laugh,
and how instilling happiness in other people doesn't
necessarily guarantee happiness in you. The shallow
portrayal of the entertainment industry and the nature of
celebrity are elements also explored in the play.
It's edgy -- the show's subject matter, along with the stand up routines that accompany it and the no holds barred, ugly truth the characters present to the audience allow a controversial look at comedy and what it means to entertain.
The first play by recent MA graduate Will Agnew from the International Institute of Modern Letters and directed by frequent Long Cloud Theatre collaborator and Victoria University student Chris Swney, Stand Up For Charlie promises to be a fresh, unique and energetic show that pushes the boundaries of comedy and gives the audience something to think about.
93 Kelburn Parade – Drama
Previews: Thurs 28th Feb, Fri 1st + Sat 2nd Mar
Season: Tues 5th – Sat 9th Mar
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