George Carlin, Lewis Black, Bill Maher, Chevy Chase, Maija DiGiorgio, Brett Ratner, Godfrey, Ardie Fuqua, Jim Norton, Bobby Kelly, Keith Robinson, Tony Rock, Rachel Feinstein, Sherrod Smalls, Rich Vos, Eddie Ifft, Judah Friedlander, Lisa Lampanelli, Ken Simmons, Jerry Stiller, Jody Del Giorno, Heather McConnell, Tony Martinelli, Susie Essman, Christopher Titus, Terry Jones, Dom Irrera, Norm Crosby, Joy Behar, Colin Quinn, Tony Roberts, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Richard Kind, Judy Tenuta, Gilbert Gottfried, Paul Mooney, Rita Rudner, George Shlatter, Lewis Black, Peter Boyle, Ray Romano, DL Hughley, Bill Maher, Kevin James, Paul Shaffer, Nicole Sullivan, Robert Klein, Phyllis Diller, Vincent Shiavelli, Barry Manilow…..and many more!!! Written, Directed & Edited by Maija DiGiorgio Produced By Ken Simmons Co-Produced by Heather McConnell
BITTER JESTER is the first documentary to give us a glimpse into the real process behind the comedy we watch in clubs, on television and at the movies. Through the eyes of comedienne Maija DiGiorgio, we take a guided tour of the comedy business at its rawest. Behind the jokes and smiles, Maija reveals the sneering jealousy and backbiting, the self loathing and inflated egos that define most comedians. She allows us to witness a side of stand-up comedy we rarely see, from young comics unable to get stage time to comedy superstars musing on their own failures. Over the course of nearly two years, Maija documents her own roller coaster career in stand-up comedy, starting with the self-inflicted crash of her career at the Aspen comedy festival and following her failed attempts to rebuild her reputation. This extraordinarily bizarre and entertaining journey takes her back and forth across the country several times as she seeks the insight and wisdom of fellow comics. Original, spontaneous and incredibly funny, BITTER JESTER is a unique glimpse into the soft underbelly of stand-up comedy and the personalities who inhabit it. It is a story of struggle, self doubt, and the emotional pain from which humor is born and the powerful role it plays uplifting us and keeping us sane.