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The Opening Act (2020)




Critic Consensus: With The Opening Act, writer-director Steve Byrne offers perceptive insights on the struggles faced by budding stand-up comedians -- and creative dreamers in general.

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Will Chu is stuck in a thankless job while trying to pursue his true passion in life, becoming a stand-up comedian. When he gets the opportunity he's been waiting for, the emcee slot on the road opening for his hero Billy G., the realities of life on the stage come crashing in. Between relentless hecklers, drunk comedy groupies and hard-to-impress morning radio DJs, things get off to a rough start. Even if he can learn from his idols and overcome the challenges, he'll have to prove he has what it takes to make his dream a reality.

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Critic Reviews for The Opening Act

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (3)

Jimmy O. Yang gives a slyly appealing performance as a comic who may be too good a person to be a nightclub star.

October 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Lacking tangible emotional depth, and, frankly, much laugh-out-loud humor at all, The Opening Act is surprisingly underdeveloped for an intimate story about ambition and sacrifice.

October 16, 2020 | Full Review…

A very insightful insider-baseball look at the creative process.

October 16, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Far too lightweight of a indie.

January 17, 2021 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Only a veteran comedian could make The Opening Act a reality.

January 4, 2021 | Full Review…

If you're not a fan of stand-up comedy, you may not be a fan of this film. For Steve Byrne's first feature film, the adage is still true-"write what you know."

January 4, 2021 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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