“Stand-up comedy requires its practitioners to be a walking juxtaposition, combining the narcissism of assuming they’re funny enough to hold the audience’s attention with the needy desire for affirmation. It’s no wonder that jobbing comedians are not depicted often in the movies. It’s even rarer that they’re depicted with any semblance of reality.”
Tom Beasley has written a great feature for the iPaper on stand-up in film and what happens when the laughs don't come. Read the article by clicking here.