The Comedy

  • 95'
  • USA
  • 2011
On the first day of shooting for The Comedy, director Rick Alverson (of the band Spokane) tweeted that his film was an 'atrocity of cinema'. However, given the nature of the film, it is probable that his tongue was lodged firmly in cheek. Because, even if the main characters in The Comedy are played by the crème de la crème of American underground comedy, with Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) in the lead role, the film is primarily a sardonic look at the vacuousness of today’s all-consuming irony.
Nothing is sacred for the almost apathetic Swanson (Heidecker) and his group of practically identically-clad friends: tennis shoes and polo shirts that fail to hide the beer guts emerging from underneath their pathetic blond beards. Seemingly emotionlessly, they deeply insult one another and others with jokes about any taboo that comes to mind. These men drift aimlessly just as Swanson does on the yacht that serves as his home.
Director
Rick Alverson
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
95'
Medium
HDcam
Language
English
Producers
Brent Kunkle, Mike S. Ryan
Production Companies
Glass Eye Pix, Inc, Greyshack Films
Sales
Greyshack Films
Screenplay
Rick Alverson
Cinematography
Mark Schwartzbard
Editor
Rick Alverson, Michael Taylor
Production Design
Shawn Annabel
Sound Design
Gene Parks
Cast
Kate Lyn Sheil, Tim Heidecker
Website
http://www.thecomedythemovie.com