Beyond a Joke

So you think you are funny, all your friends and family laugh at your jokes and people are always telling you should do stand up. Now you are backstage waiting to go on for your first ever routine. What if it all goes wrong, what if nobody laughs, what if they heckle.

Beyond a Joke is a documentary that gets under the skin of young comics and tires to fathom what motivates them to stand on stage armed with nothing but a microphone and some well prepared jokes, staring down ridicule. From triumphant nights in regional competitions to failed festival shows, Beyond a Joke follows six young comics as they attempt to break into the Australian comedy scene.