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Dominating a male dominated industry.

Stand-up comedy had always been a male domain. Only a tiny handful of women have broken out of the brutal world of comedy clubs to become household names. After decades of fighting for a place in the spotlight, things have finally shifted. Hysterical, a feature documentary from director Andrea Nevins (Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie), journeys backstage and on the road with veteran comedians, rising stars and novices to discover how an intrepid group of boundary-breaking females are changing the game and exploring what it takes to become the voices of their generation and their gender.

Hysterical takes an intimate look behind the velvet curtains and beer-soaked clubs of the comedy scene into the lives of the women shattering comedy’s glass ceiling with raucous laughter and perfectly timed punch lines. From newcomers to super stars, the funniest women in comedy drop the mic with their heartfelt struggles, personal stories and hilariously bold opinions. Featuring Kelly Bachman, Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, Rachel Feinstein, Marina Franklin, Nikki Glaser, Judy Gold, Kathy Griffin, Jessica Kirson, Lisa Lampanelli, Wendy Liebman, Carmen Lynch, Bonnie McFarlane, Sherri Shepherd and Iliza Shlesinger.

Produced by Campfire and Ross M. Dinerstein (FX’s The Most Dangerous Animal of All, Jiro Dreams of Sushi), Rebecca Evans (FX’s The Most Dangerous Animal of All) and Carolina Groppa (Sylvie’s Love), and executive produced by Nevins, Ross Girard (FX’s The Most Dangerous Animal of All), Jim Serpico (FX’s Rescue Me) and stand-up comic Kirson, Hysterical is a backstage pass into a rarely-seen world and an examination of ground-breaking female artists commanding the stage in a post-#MeToo era.

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Hysterical

An honest and hilarious backstage pass into the lives of some of stand-up comedy’s most boundary-breaking women, exploring the hard-fought journey to become the voices of their generation and their gender.

This is a film by women, about women for everyone who is a fan of comedy
Forces of Geek
illuminating and uplifting
The San Francisco Chronicle
'Hysterical' is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, moving and entertaining
IndieWire
An unabashed love letter to women comedians
Women and Hollywood
The film is engrossing, emotional and consistently funny, but perhaps most importantly, inspiring
The Lamplight Review
a fascinating documentary…that more than lives up to its billing
TV Guide Magazine
a thoughtful and comprehensive look at the women thriving in the comedy scene today
The Interro Bang
This is a film by women, about women for everyone who is a fan of comedy
Forces of Geek
illuminating and uplifting
The San Francisco Chronicle
'Hysterical' is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, moving and entertaining
IndieWire
An unabashed love letter to women comedians
Women and Hollywood
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Real stand-up women.

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Marina Franklin

The best experience on stage is when the whole room is with you. 

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Nikki Glaser & Margaret Cho On Beauty and Comedy

Telling it exactly how it is.

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Sherri Shepherd Talks Being Bullied Growing Up

Refusing to play it safe. 

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