Thursday, October 15, 2020

Interview: Steve Byrne, Writer and Director of The Opening Act, starring Jimmy O. Yang, Alex Moffat, and Cedric the Entertainer

Steve Byrne, the director and writer of The Opening Act joins for an insightful interview. The Opening Act is a hilarious, entertaining, and highly personal coming of age story with a who's who comedy cast and a touching, universal message.. We discuss the inspiration for this film, how his personal experiences formed the basis of this, and some of his own comedic memories, from the great sets to the epic fails. So give it a watch and make sure to check out the film, which is available on all major digital distributors. Review here. Starring: Jimmy O. Yang, Alex Moffat, Cedric The Entertainer, Neal Brennan, Debby Ryan, Ken Jeong, Bill Burr, Jermaine Fowler, Russell Peters, Whitney Cummings, Tom Segura, and Iliza Shlesinger Written and Directed by: Steve Byrne Produced by: Vince Vaughn & Peter Billingsley Synopsis: Will Chu (Yang) has it all--the job, the girl--but what’s missing is his true passion in life, to become a stand-up comedian. When he gets the opportunity he’s been waiting for, the emcee slot on the road opening for his hero Billy G. (Jeong), the realities of life on the stage come crashing in. Between relentless hecklers, drunk comedy groupies, and hard-to-impress morning radio DJs, things get off to a rough start. Even if he can take the opportunity to learn from his idols and overcome the challenges, Will still needs to decide if he should continue with the life he has, or pursue the one he has always dreamt of--the life of a comedian.

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