They say that laughter is the best medicine. And after this year, we’re gonna need a lot of it. So if your funny bone is need of some tickling, then check out The Opening Act.
The latest from the RLJ Entertainment films follows Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley) who dreams of being a stand-up comedian. It’s a long way to the top, and he’s got no shortage of hecklers and challenges along the way making him question how much he really wants it.
Whether or not this is the Rocky of the stand-up comedy genre remains to be seen. But if having Vince Vaughn & Peter Billingsley on board as producers means anything, then Yang just might have the eye of the tiger.
Will Chu 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., 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.
Directed by Steve Byrne, the hilarious looking films stars a fantastic line up including Jimmy O. Yang, Alex Moffat, Cedric The Entertainer, Neal Brennan, Debby Ryan, Ken Jeong, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Jermaine Fowler, Russell Peters, Tom Segura, and Iliza Shlesinger.
The Opening Act is slated to be released in theaters, On Demand and digital next month on October 16, 2020.