Running the Light
Debauched, divorced and courting death, Billy Ray Schafer is a comedian who has forgotten how to laugh. Over the course of seven spun-out days across the American Southwest, he travels from hell gig to hell gig in search of a reason to keep living in this stark glimpse into the psyche of a one-time industry darling turned “road dog.” Ex- inmate, ex-husband, ex-father – comedian is the only title Schafer has left. Trapped in the wreckage of his wasted career, Billy Ray knows the answer to the question: what happens when the opportunity doesn’t come – or worse – when it comes and goes?
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