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All Joking Aside (2020)




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CHARLENE MURRAY wants nothing more than to become a stand-up comedian, but life won't stop getting in the way of her ambitions. From her soul-sucking job, to the heartbreaking estrangement from her family, to that bully who heckles her first amateur night gig, she just can't catch a break. But when she discovers that the heckler, BOB CARPENTER, actually used to be a big name on the comedy circuit before his career crashed and burned, she turns to him for mentorship; a request that is quickly shot down by the now grizzled barfly. But Charlene is tenacious, and over time the two find something in each other that has been missing in their own lives, a friendship is born, and Charlene learns to find funny in places she never expected.

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Larke Miller
as Tracy Johnson
Heather Feeney
as Catherine
Keilani Elizabeth Rose
as Girl at Bus Stop
Anthony Joseph
as Stephen Murray
Shelene Yung
as Pregnant colleague
Michelle Choi-Lee
as Dr. Alexis Smith
Dave "Squatch" Ward
as Grizzled Host
Nikki Wallin
as Bartender
Selina Loum
as Trophy Wife
Megan Pereira
as Teenage Mom
Trevor Horne
as Student
Pam Kearns
as Mrs. Dance
Frank Brandies
as Audience Member
Derek Gerard
as Wealthy Senior Citizen
Evan Markinson
as Charity Worker
Yasmeen Kelders
as Young Charlene
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Critic Reviews for All Joking Aside

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A film about stand-up should, of course, be funny and "All Joking Aside" has some side splitting moments. But it also has heart, which makes it a rarity in the genre'. The heart here comes from the performances of the three leads.

November 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In spite of a few formulaic story beats, All Joking Aside rides strong on emotionally resonating performances and a thoughtful script filled with humor and heart. Just the kind of movie we need to navigate these dark depressing times.

November 24, 2020 | Full Review…

It works in this Canadian production because the veteran Markinson and the relative novice Harewood are both charming, and director Shannon Kohli, working from a script by James Pickering, captures an unforced chemistry between them.

November 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Director Shannon Kohli shows us that the process of crafting and executing an act takes an inhuman level of focus, and the costs can be brutal.

November 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Not a particularly original routine, but the performances outshine the material.

November 14, 2020 | Full Review…

What prevents All Joking Aside from being successful aren't the jokes (many of which land nicely) or the performances (a few being a little too stiff), but the rush to get to the good stuff instead of putting the time in to earn it.

November 13, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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