- Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
I AM ROAD COMIC, the follow-up to Superlounge director Jordan Brady’s cult-favorite stand-up documentary I AM COMIC, has become available for viewing via Hulu. “For the humor aficionado, comedy nerd, or anyone curious to see what makes these performers tick, this movie is both eye-opening and entertaining,” said critic Marc Hershon in his Huffington Post review of the film, which is also available for download via the project’s website.
"This film was a passion project and for me, it’s now about eyeballs,” said Brady. “I’m thrilled to make the film available this way; more comedy nerds will see I AM ROAD COMIC on Hulu than if I did an art house theatrical run." On Hulu, viewers are treated to the entire film - with commercial breaks, of course. "I'm fortunate to make my living directing commercials with Superlounge," Brady explained, "so I see this as a double-treat for fans: the movie AND the commercials are free!"
In the film, more than two dozen comics - including Pete Holmes, T.J. Miller, Marc Maron, Doug Benson, Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford, Judah Friedlander, Jim Norton, W. Kamau Bell, Nikki Glaser and Alonzo Bodden - discuss the nuts and bolts of working the road in bars and clubs. I AM ROAD COMIC questions the importance of enduring life on the road in the internet era. How well can material developed on the road serve a career or does the road itself consume your life? As Marc Maron puts it, “Do you become the road?”
2010’s I AM COMIC was a virtual who’s who of standup comedy, starring Sarah Silverman, Louis CK, Tim Allen, Jeff Foxworthy, Ritch Shydner and 76 other comics. Brady now continues a filmmaking journey through the current standup boom that has made him the definitive biographer of the medium's modern era. Unlike its predecessor, I AM ROAD COMIC is framed by Brady’s first-person travelogue: after two decades off the road and behind the camera, Brady accepts a gig when a booking agent mistakenly (or just ill-advisedly) offers him a weekend Co-Headlining (with longtime friend and national headliner Wayne Federman) at Jack Didley’s in Kennewick, WA. It’s a hell gig: just two weeks prior to the engagement, bouncers had tossed a patron out on his head, putting him in a coma. The standup interviews are intercut with footage chronicling the stop loss endeavor of the Brady-Federman bill, which - with its bumps, bruises, local color and overall fiscal senselessness - plays like a Christopher Guest movie that’s all too real.
In addition to screening on Hulu, I AM ROAD COMIC is available for download via iamroadcomic.com, and I AM COMIC is available on Amazon. Affirming that his ad biz cohorts are never far from his heart, Brady said, “Any creative with a good script gets a free copy of the new movie."
“I AM ROAD COMIC”
This time it’s personal.
A comedy documentary by Jordan Brady
Running Time: 79 minutes
About Jordan Brady
Jordan Brady began as a stand-up comedian, touring nightclubs and colleges in 49 states across America. Mr. Brady’s true passion is commercials. He has directed over 719 national TV spots to date. Through his commercial production company, Superlounge, he directs ad campaigns for brands and agencies all over the world. As host of the popular podcast RESPECT THE PROCESS, Mr. Brady interviews as wide range of ad bizzers and filmmakers on a weekly basis.