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A feature length documentary about a Dutch stand up comedian meeting up with his colleagues in former Yugoslavia. In this area among all the post war tensions, stand up comedians try to build up a stand up scene in Zagreb, Belgrade and Mostar
The Happy Sad Route (and a comedian)
In this personal road movie, Dutch stand-up comedian Jan Jaap van der Wal travels through former Yugoslavia. Over the past few years, a small group of comedians have been trying to set up a comedy scene in the region, but it has proven to be quite a challenge: audiences are hard to find, and money seems to be even more scarce. But most importantly, the comedians and their audience all share a pretty tough history to be making fun of. Choosing "differences are funny" as their motto, the up-and-coming comedians in this fledgling comedy scene attempt to get past the taboos and traumas of history. Van der Wal travels to Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to meet with fellow comedians and to perform there himself. The battles fought by the Balkan comedians urge him to reflect on his own future as a stand-up comedian in the Netherlands.