Sunday, October 20

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It Started as a Joke

The Film and… Festival

Film and… Comedy!

Special Cambridge Premiere!

Director Julie Smith & Eugene Mirman in Person!

2019 dir Julie Smith Clem, Ken Druckerman w/Eugene Mirman, Michael Ian Black, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Ira Glass, John Hodgman, Kumail Nanjiani, Reggie Watts, Michael Showalter, Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Jon Glaser, Mike Birbiglia, Bobcat Goldthwait • 75 min • digital

IT STARTED AS A JOKE is a feature documentary that chronicles the decade-long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival – including a final farewell show. The film celebrates Eugene’s unique brand of humor and his role in the alternative comedy movement, offers a bittersweet goodbye to an era, and reminds us of the healing properties of comedy – even in the most challenging of life’s circumstances. The film includes interviews with and performances by some of today’s most hilarious and engaging comedians.

As one of the venues for the long-lost Boston editions of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, The Brattle is excited to host this Cambridge premiere screening with special guests in person!

Ticket Information:

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Sunday 10/20
at 7:00 PM

Regular ticket prices apply. Brattle member passes will be accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.