Standing Up

How far would you go for a laugh?

"Standing Up" is a feature-length documentary following three radically different, aspiring New York comedians. David Finklestein, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, is caught between two irreconcilable worlds and must perform in secret. Sara Parks, a young transplant from Texas, endures degrading work and even homelessness pursuing her dream. Raafat Toss, a deeply unsatisfied personal injury lawyer and father-to-be, searches for creative fulfillment and struggles to translate his hilarious personality to the stage.

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press & media


Exclusive clip: Lucky 8 explores world of comedy in “Standing Up” - RealScreen


“One of the best documentaries on Stand Up comedy I’ve ever seen” - Unseen Films

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“An insightful and entertaining survey of the stand-up landscape and what it takes to make it in comedy” - Movies with Abe

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"Perfectly depicts [its] subjects, along with all the ups, downs and curveballs life throws at them on their hopeful journeys to success.” - The Reel Roundup


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