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Hysterical (2021)




Critic Consensus: Hysterical may not probe systemic disadvantages as deeply as it could have, but it excels as a frank and sometimes joyous celebration of very funny women who have made their mark in an industry that often marginalizes their achievements.

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Stand-up comedy had always been a male domain. Only a tiny handful of women have broken out of the brutal world of comedy clubs to become household names. After decades of fighting for a place in the spotlight, things have finally shifted. Hysterical, a feature documentary from director Andrea Nevins (Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie), journeys backstage and on the road with veteran comedians, rising stars and novices to discover how an intrepid group of boundary-breaking females are changing the game and exploring what it takes to become the voices of their generation and their gender. Hysterical takes an intimate look behind the velvet curtains and beer-soaked clubs of the comedy scene into the lives of the women shattering comedy's glass ceiling with raucous laughter and perfectly timed punch lines. From newcomers to super stars, the funniest women in comedy drop the mic with their heartfelt struggles, personal stories and hilariously bold opinions.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

In a documentary that overwhelmingly features white cis women, there's little room left to explore what comedy is like for women who hold multiple marginalized identities... Despite its flaws, Hysterical makes a few smart moves.

May 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Nevins instead hopes her film will serve as a nourishing broth extracted from the wisdom of veteran comics and newcomers alike. Frankly, though, I wanted something a little meatier.

April 1, 2021 | Full Review…

Griffin and Cho are highly composed and insightful here. Who would have thought these outrageous comics would someday be so sage?

April 1, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Andrea Blaugrund Nevins' documentary is a fierce, frustrating, and utterly amazing look at the strength of women comics.

March 31, 2021 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The lack of commentary around the conditions of grimy comedy clubs and sleazy managers makes the film all the more insightful, made even better thanks to insight from comedic legends Margaret Cho, Marina Franklin and Fortune Feimster, among others.

August 13, 2021 | Full Review…

If you're not already a comedy nerd and need an awakening, this is a good start.

April 12, 2021 | Full Review…

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