Directed by: Stacey Stone
Written by: Stacey Stone / Diane Mellen
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Jack has dreams of being a stand up comic and at first, this title seems as if it's focused on that aspect of his life alone. That's not the case. Jack the documentary focuses on the man behind the comedian. Jack! Stand up comic by night and dog walker by day. He's living the dream that according to him can be more of a nightmare sometimes. A lot in common with the rest of us I would think.
Written by Stacey Stone and Diane Mellen, what we have here is a documentary about a normal man trying to get by in life. A normal man who happens to like comedy and loves trying to make people laugh. As he puts it, when they laugh for a second he feels full. But if they don't it's like an instant depression. Something anyone on stage ever knows a thing or 2 about.
The hook of this short documentary is when Jack begins talking about how he feels. How he hates himself sometimes and how the lack of support, especially from his mother, is depressing. But he chugs on. Dog walking by day and hitting the stage when he can. It's both a little sad and inspiring. Like the image of a clown happy on one side and sad on the other.
I really appreciate stories like this. Stories of normal people with big dreams, and how they deal and go through their day to day lives. On one side of the fence it looks, and is, so hard. On the other side it's uplifting to see someone just going for it. Waiting for their big break and damn everything else. You gotta do what you got to do to survive. But if you can hustle through the crap and still chase your dreams that's something special.
I've always loved stories of the every man. Stories of real people and not an established celebrity or world event. It brings something to the table that is both interesting and entertaining. Stacey Stone and Diane Mellen deliver a good piece of non fiction. A quick bite into the apple of someone else's life. But someone not so far removed as to be irrelevant.
As for Jack himself, all I can say is keep pushing. Keep the negative thoughts at bay and strive for greatness. Even if you never make the big time you'll have a lived life. Stories to tell. And is he actually funny? From what I've seen? He is. As for the low confidence thing? From what I can tell, it vanishes when he's on stage. Completely.