A small-time comedian hits dark times when stand up becomes all-consuming. A rough week draws into question whether pursuing comedy is worthwhile, then a week of tepid sets and turmoil becomes material.
A week of dark times and funny situations ends with a joke that maybe makes it all worthwhile.
"All My Jokes Are About Me" is about the genesis of a joke. The short will follow an amateur comedian through her week in short vignettes, and end with a joke that is influenced by the week's events. Struggling in her relationship, as a writer, and her day job at a daycare, the comic wrestles with doubt and depression, but is also faced with funny circumstances and characters in her week. The hilarity and darkness she experiences come together in the end of the short with her performing a very personal piece of comedy that spins her low points into humour.
One of the locations we will be using is this apartment. It's beautifully decorated and will provide a great backdrop for fighting. Fighting is always accompanied well by sail boats and framed beetle exoskeletons.
The Ratfish Open Mic is a staple of the Victoria stand up community. It's one of the longest standing open mics in the city.
There will be a scene of Chelsea drinking in a park. The park will look like this park, and it may even be this park.
The Fairfield Community Place has a few different daycare facilities. They have been kind enough to let us film in there already.
Comedians often hang out in the underground parking garage underneath the Ratfish comedy room, beside Heckler's. They're very comfortable in their natural habitat, which is how we intend to get the best performances out of them.
All My Jokes Are About me is a short about the genesis of a joke The story will be told using six short vignettes leading up to Monday night, where the main character, Chelsea, tries out a new joke at an open mic. Sometimes the vignettes will be directly tied to the bit, other times the ways in which the inform the comedy will be more oblique.
Chelsea and Shane have a nice evening out with friends. They are happy, laughing, enjoying eachother’s company.
A big fight breaks out. Shane wants Chelsea to focus on their relationship, not her “dreams.” Chelsea’s roomate Ben does dishes in the background. Shane leaves.
Chelsea goes to work at the daycare. It's her 30th Birthday.
Chelsea decides to shake off the break up and get out there. She watches a make-up tutorial online and tries “contouring” It looks garish in bright daylight, and she realizes that the long looks she is receiving aren’t necessarily complimentary. She returns home, Ben asks her what she did to her face.
Chelsea goes out to a comedy show. She opens up to one of the comedians about how she’s having a tough time and about her recent break up. The comedian casually tries to hit on her. She performs a set, then goes home to write.
A full minute long shot of Chelsea walking on the street, looking at passing traffic, and eventually leaning against a wall and collapsing.
Chelsea performs a full set. She tells a joke that draws together the darkness and humour we’ve witnessed in her week and gets a very positive response from the audience.