Published on May 23rd, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
Have You Heard About “Funny Pains?” It’s The New Comedian-Centric Film From Jorgy Cruz
Funny Pains is a new feature documentary featuring Nikki Glaser (whose recent Netflix stand-up comedy special Bangin’ made the New York Times’ “Best Comedy Specials on Netflix” list), Jim Norton (another comic with real estate on Netflix with his special Mouthful Of Shame), Bonnie McFarlane, Andrew Shultz, Yamaneika Saunders, Krystyna Hutchinson, Rich Vos and Mehran Khaghani. Krystyna Hutchinson, co-host of the popular feminist podcast Guys We F’d, served as the doc’s executive producer along with co-producers Pablo Minier, TahuantyPena, and Daria Scoccimarro.
The film follows stand-up comedian Wendi Starling, whose career, working process and life areclosely examined in the film. Within Funny Pains, Starling is navigating through one of the entertainment’s toughest and most competitive professions all during the height of the #MeToo movement, feminism and the infiltration of stand-up comedy by the politically correct. Above all else, the film delves into serious issues of sexual assault and mental health, with Starling revealing some of her traumas.
Of the documentary itself, director Jorgy Cruz said the following in a prepared statement: “Funny Pains is a two-part love letter to New York City and to stand-up comedy; both which I love, respect and owe a lot to. Having the support and representation of the superb team at Hewes Pictures made all the difference. They’re one of the main reasons why we are now ready to share our movie with the world on all platforms. I’m grateful and humble.” Funny Pains will be available through on-demand outlets on May 26, 2020, while its newly-released trailer can be streamed below via YouTube.