Hi guys. I'm sure, being fans of "Destination Truth" and "Expedition Unknown," you remember Brad Kuhlman.
Recently, Brad did an amazing passion project - a documentary called "Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio?" He not only directed and produced it, but he also fully funded it himself.
I had the honor of being able to see a screener of this film. As a review, I can tell you the film was a really wonderful cinematic piece with a very humble, honest and inspiring message, to those who view it.
In a nutshell: this film follows once-comedian Lou DiMaggio, who was a big comedian in the 1980's, who was in social standing with the likes of Susie Essman, Joy Behar, Larry David, and many more comedy legends. The film follows his journey, as he wants to return to his passion of stand up comedy.
Lou left the world of stand up to fulfill his manifest destiny by going West to Los Angeles for an entertainment career, as well as personal struggles steering him away. While finding some success as a writer (he won an Emmy for being a writer for Ben Stein), he now admits it was a mistake to walk away.
"My life back," is what Lou says at the start of the film, when Director Brad asks what he wants or hopes to get out of this film. "I'd like to look in the mirror and say, 'you're a comic again.'" The beginning of the film definitely sets the tone, as we focus on the hopeful but melancholy demeanor of Lou. The exposition is set, as he is rummaging through old boxes to find old material books, his dusty Emmy Awards, as well as some drug paraphernalia.
Lou seeks out the advice of his friends in comedy, which includes the likes of Howie Mandel, Ray Romano, Jeff Garlin, and the aforementioned Larry David. Some of the advice is encouraging, while others full-on discourage him (even his wife!) In the end, he takes the leap, goes to a comedy workshop, and revisits old material. I can tell you there is a joke about pants that made me laugh out loud!
The film has a marvelous message of pursuing what you are passionate about not because of money, or fame, or trying to chase down your past, but to be true to yourself and do what you are passionate about, despite adversity.
I definitely recommend you check it out, when possible! I will say some saucy language is used, so remember it's PG13.
You can follow the film's official Twitter account HERE, the Facebook Page HERE, as well as the official website HERE.