RLJE Films has debuted the first trailer for the star-studded indie comedy The Opening Act led by Jimmy O. Yang (Fantasy Island) and Cedric the Entertainer (First Reformed) that shows in the stand-up comedy game, you have to start at the bottom to reach the top.
Written and directed by Steve Byrne (Sullivan & Son), the film focuses on Will Chu, who 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.
Alongside Yang and Cedric, the cast for the film includes Alex Moffat (F is for Family), Neal Brennan (Capone), Debby Ryan (Insatiable), Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians), Bill Burr (The King of Staten Island), Jermaine Fowler (Sorry to Bother You), Whitney Cummings (The Female Brain), Russell Peters (Supercon), Tom Segura (Countdown), Iliza Shlesinger (Spenser Confidential) and Roy Wood Jr. (Space Force).
The Opening Act, which is also produced by Vince Vaughn (Freaky) and Peter Billingsley (Spider-Man: Far From Home), is set to hit select theaters, digital platforms and VOD on October 16.