Taking pleasure in pain.
Gifted comic Mike O'Connell is no stranger to adversity. His brilliant feature-length sleeper "The Living Wake" (2007) tanked at the box office — twice. And despite his charmingly offbeat stand-up style and his smooth storytelling skills, O'Connell still struggles to get the recognition he deserves, though he's already got the admiration of his peers. Given his remarkable tenacity to succeed in the brutal world of comedy, it seems appropriate that he should be behind a lineup called Drunken Tales Of Glory And Shame, featuring booze-fueled anecdotes from comics who make us see how the most palatable pleasure is often rooted in pain.