Trailer for Julia Scotti: Funny That Way

New documentary about a transgender comedian

Here's a trailer for a new documentary film about transgender comedian Julia Scotti.

In the 1980s the stand-up performed in clubs across the US as Rick Scotti, featuring on bills with the likes of Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld.

Then – at a time when the phrases gender dysphoria and gender reassignment surgery were rarely heard – he adopted the new identity of Julia at the age of 47.

Film-makers say that at that point everyone turned away from her: friends, family, comedy world buddies, and – most painfully – Julia was shut out from any contact with her children. 

She reinvented herself, spent a decade teaching, and then several years ago, stepped back on stage, culminating in an appearance on America's Got Talent. 

Julia Scotti: Funny That Way was shot over  a period of five years, tracking her  comeback and the complex process of reuniting with her children.

The 73-minute film is being released on digital platforms including Amazon on March 31, Transgender Day of Visibility.

Published: 27 Feb 2023

Live comedy picks

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.