The Next Big Thing tracks the careers of six comedians in this insider's look at the competitive world of stand up. Shot over an unprecedented 18-month period on location in Toronto, Montreal and Los Angeles, this unique 3-part documentary presents Laurie Elliott, Shaun Majumder, Dave Martin, Nikki Payne, Jason Rouse and Kristeen Von Hagen as they turn the ups and downs of their own lives into uproarious comic routines. Who will make it to the top of the comedy food chain? We share in their anxieties as they wonder why the same joke bombs one night but charms the next. Comedy, it turns out, is a serious business.