Funny How

This is a short documentary film about a new comedian trying to make his way up the ladder in the tri-state area. Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York. chronicles the life of amateur comic Gary Sharp as he hits the streets and puts in the work in an effort to one day etch his name in comedy history books. Being young and coming up in a city like Philadelphia is not easy and, as you will see, definitely not for the faint of heart. All for the sake of comedy.

  • David DiBona
  • David DiBona
  • David DiBona
  • Gary Sharp
    Key Cast
    "Him Self "
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - David DiBona

My name is David Vincent Di Bona. I was born 1996 in New Jersey. I grew up in a college town called Glassboro. Growing up I used my Dad's old Pentax k1000 film camera that inspired me to pursue a filmmaking career. The built-in light meter broke a long time before I started using it and Let's just say there were a lot of under and overexposed frames. Today I still make mistakes but a quote from Bob Ross “We don't make mistakes, Just happy little accidents” is always with me.

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Director Statement

My main goal to bring to the audience was the “Reality of the Grind''. I wanted to show Gary at his best and at his worst. What we call the “Bagel shop gig” is what many and if not all comedians will face in their journey up the ladder.
Following Gary around the tri-state area was some of the most fun and what I look forward to in expanding my filmmaking career. I would find myself in a small town in Pennsylvania and the next day in New York and back again to Atlantic city New Jersey. I'm not complaining, I thrive on it.
When I sat down to edit I was faced with close to 400GBs of raw footage. Some takes were as long as 20 minutes and all I needed was a 3 second shot somewhere in the middle to place in the playhead edit.