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Belushi review – comedy, tragedy – but not much history

While poignant, this documentary about legendary comic John Belushi – who died in 1982, aged 33– was straightforwardly reverential rather than truly i

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While poignant, this documentary about legendary comic John Belushi – who died in 1982, aged 33– was straightforwardly reverential rather than truly insightful

Watching Belushi (Sky Documentaries) – a two-hour programme about the man who rose quickly through the comedy ranks, from Chicago’s Second City troupe to National Lampoon and then Saturday Night Live, and became an all-conquering star before dying of an overdose at 33 – I realised something. Past a certain age point, you weary of the story in both general and specific terms.

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