The Laughter Life (2018)


“My first stand out influence was my dad. Uh, he’s very funny. He makes me laugh all the time. Um, and my goal was always to try and make him laugh and I was not good at it when I was young. I’m better now… ish” – Matthew Meese

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A behind the scenes look at a comedy troupe comprised of LDS followers who have their own weekly comedy sketch show.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across purely by accident and was intrigued by the chance to see the inner workings of a small town comedy troupe as they try to make us all laugh.

Unfortunately, this is presented in a very lackluster fashion which ends up hindering this film much more than help it.

They show us the daily work of this comedy troupe yet fail to make us care about any of them or what they are trying to accomplish.

Instead of feeling like an innovative look deep inside a unique kind of comedy troupe, we are presented with what seems more like a promotional stunt.

I’m sure that these men and women are quite talented but the film doesn’t allow us to see enough of what they do to prove that to us.

We see bits and pieces of sketches, yet without seeing the finished product, it’s quite hard to judge the effectiveness of the humor.

They also fail at giving us a much deeper understanding of the personal backgrounds of these people which doesn’t allow us to learn how and why they chose this kind of life on a deeper level.

Some of these comedians tell over anecdotes that try to explain how and why they became comedians, yet despite those stories being good, they just don’t feel as if they are giving us enough which is quite unfortunate.

Bottom Line – Pretty lackluster film since it tries to show us the daily routine of this comedy troupe, yet they don’t find a way to make us care about them or their work.  The film feels much more like a promotional stunt instead of giving us the opportunity to really get to see the type of comedy that these talented men and women are probably capable of giving.  They fail at giving us more of an idea about the background of each and every one of these comedians which also hurts the way that we can understand how and why they each joined the world of humor.  The anecdotes that we get are good, but still not enough.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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