Salty Language Peppered Morals (2010) – By Duane L. Martin

Salty Language Peppered Morals is a documentary about comedian Mike Stanley and follows him throughout his trip to Boston for a stand-up comedy competition he’s competing in there.  His friends made the documentary with what looked to be normal, consumer level cameras, and once the trip was over, it was all cut together into this documentary.  The documentary also includes interviews with his comedy mentor who talks at length about what it takes to be a great comedian.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this one.  I didn’t know if it would be a lot of stand-up or if it’d be more of a documentary or what.  Nor did I know what to expect in regards to the quality of it.  It was actually a lot better than I expected.

While the visual quality can be lacking at times, in general it’s not bad at all considering the equipment used.  The film itself was edited really nicely in tight, independent sections, as you’d expect to see in a documentary.  There was some comedy, but most of the movie revolved around Mike’s journey, his approach to comedy, his mentor’s advice, etc…  We get to see his bits at the competition, but those are by no means the bulk of the movie, which was nice.  We see these folks on stage doing their thing, but we never really think about what goes on behind the scenes.  All the traveling they do, how important winning these competitions is to their career…not to mention how much the prize money would help them out.

The nice thing about this film is that you can really identify with Mike and his career struggles.  His mentor’s comments are thoughtful and very insightful as well.  When you’re done watching the film, you walk away not only having empathized with Mike, but you also feel like you learned a little something along the way.  It’s a satisfying experience, and coming in at 45 minutes, it’s neither too short nor too long.  It’s just about right for what it is.

If you’re interested at all in stand-up comedy or learning a little more about what goes on behind the scenes, this is a film you’ll definitely want to check out.

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