Watch This Beautiful Mini Doc “Class Clown” on How Comedians Like Billy Bonnell Take Their Tragic Childhoods and Make It Part of Their Comedy

The notion of a dark past feeding into the material of a comedian is such well-trodden territory that the nuances and specifics of it are now often overlooked. It’s easy to say that comedians are, in some way, broken (that’s not always true by the way), but their singular experiences paint their persona, delivery, perspective in subtle, yet very powerful ways. 

Billy Bonnell, who is now a local LA comedian, had a particularly dark childhood and this touching mini documentary, Class Clown, made by filmmaker Nick Cavalier, shows how Billy specifically dealt with that pain and channeled it through to his comedy, which we happen to enjoy.

Please watch it here.