Steve Byrne Releases Always Amazing The True Story Of The Life Death And Return Of The Amazing Jonathan


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"Always Amazing..." tells the story of The Amazing Johnathan's storied career, his unlikely friendship with a 12 year old fan, Joel Ozborn, who he met on tour in Australia, and the terminal diagnosis that brought them back together for one last run of shows. The film begins with Johnathan’s career ascent, from bombing at his high school talent show, discovering and honing his act as a magician and comic while working as a street performer in San Francisco and the one showcase that launched his career at the famed Hollywood Improv. While on tour in Australia, Johnathan meets Joel Ozborn, a 12 year old who is starstruck with the performer from the states. An improbable bond is fortified over the years, as Joel becomes an employee, apprentice, alibi, confidant and brother/son/friend to Johnathan. Once Johnathan establishes a residency in Las Vegas as a headliner, the trappings of Sin City become overwhelming, leaving a divorce in his wake and ultimately testing the strength of his friendship with Joel. Their eventual parting becomes inevitable as Johnathan comes out of the fog stronger and richer than before and Joel matures into a world wise man and the comedian he’s aspired to be since he first saw Johnathan all those years ago in Australia. As life goes on, Johnathan is diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and his doctors give him a year to live. In the time that follows, Johnathan is living life knowing he’s on borrowed time but after outliving expectations by 3 years, Johnathan decides he’s going to hit the road, one last time to see if he’s still got it. And if he is going back on the road for the last time, Jonathan wants Joel along for the ride. This decision forces these two emotionally introverted men to look back on their friendship and confront the ups and downs of their experiences together. You can watch the documentary at:

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