As you probably know a film called The Comedy that I acted in is now available to watch on iTunes, Video on Demand, and other digital means - you know it if you got it. Here’s a few things to know/think about:
1. If you live in one of these cities go see this movie in The Movie Theater! Make a night of it! I’m telling you it’s a beautifully shot film and really deserves the big screen treatment. You can also request a screening in your city by going here
2. Go into watching this without any expectations about what you’re about to see! Yes, I’m in this movie with my friend and partner the great Eric Wareheim, but this is not a “Tim and Eric” movie and it’s not a comedy. I think there are plenty of funny moments but this is something else entirely. Also, I think it’s probably a good idea to stew on this movie after you’ve seen it - it’s not an easy movie and you might have some immediate reactions that I believe will change over the course of hours and days.
3. Don’t torrent it please. Relatively, this movie didn’t cost that much money to make but it still takes so, so, SO many individual purchases to make it back. If you choose to legally pay to see this movie you are making a statement that you want to see more movies like this — or at least more movies that are outside the bounds of traditional studio mush. If you like, you can wait until the price of the VOD rental comes down or when it comes to Netflix (a few months, I’d guess.) I think finally, the technology has made this decision an easy one.
Thanks for reading,
*USA and Canada only… I wish I had some news for you rest of world but International release is still being negotiated.
Curb is back!
Seriously, Gervais should be the mandatory host for all Hollywood award shows. He would have a FIELD DAY at the Grammy’s.
Well put. This was fucking fantastic.
They don’t hate you because you made fun of them Ricky. No, they hate you because you’ve somehow managed to not lose your sanity and your soul while existing in their soulless, insane universe, thus you’ve maintained the ability to recognize the smell of rotting horseshit when you’re in the same room with it. AND you have Fuck You Money, so who cares if you burn a bridge or 100.
Well done, sir. Well done.
Behold the genius of Paul Rudd.
Saw Patton Oswalt last night at Town Hall. He absolutely killed. My stomach hurt afterward. The crowd was laughing non-stop for the entire 2 hours. I thankfully held off watching his most recent special wanting to see that new material for the first time. He did this hilarious “sky cake” bit on religion last night.
I’ve been a fan of Patton since my brother told me about his Robert Evan’s ESPN commercial bits. This is a compelling trailer.
My friend Dianne, an agent for CAA, has been a long time supporter and friend of Zach Galifianakis and has always encouraged me to check out his shows. I’ve seen him test out his new material at Seth Herzog’s downtown comedy show, SWEET, a few times. His one liners are usually hilarious and his act is always challenging, borderline uncomfortable and memorable.
There is a great article about him in the New York Times from last weekend. His new film The Hangover comes out this weekend and from the looks of the trailer and the early word of mouth, it should be an enormous hit. Its the kind of profile the Times writes as a real “coming out” piece. The one where many, many people who have never heard of him will now check out his work. From the brief times I’ve met Zach it couldn’t be happening to a nicer guy.
I was impressed with ABSOLUT when they gave him the artistic control to create the ads with Tim and Eric that he did. He made the most of the opportunity, creating something that is quintessentially his while (whether by design or not) featuring the brand in a way that most spirits ads would never dare.
It describes the ups and downs of his career and the time it took for him to finally discover his own brand of comedy. Following the Malcolm Gladwell Outliers theory, he is probably getting near his 10,000 hours of comedic work and if you seen him live recently it shows.
What I find appealing about Zach’s act is that everytime I’ve seen him, I have had a moment of uncomfortabilty and tension during the show and without fail, I have thought about the performance for days afterwards. I will literally find myself walking by myself on the street days later and laugh out loud thinking of a bit from the show that drew complete uncomfortable silence from the crowd. Its all so considered and uniquely his and at the end of the day, most ground-breaking stuff is.
In the article he mentions that one of the funniest standup acts was Slovin and Allen’s “Time Machine” routine from the Luna Lounge shows from the mid 90s when were performing standup together. I remember seeing Eric and Leo perform there, but never saw their time machine bit. After watching it, you can tell why it was influential to him as its hilarious, smart, ridiculous, campy and kinda sweet all at the same time.
Noah Brier posted this NY Times article about Jackie Mason’s take on new technology. Whether or not Jackie is an old crumudgeon, his point blank attitude toward current communication trends is a gentle reminder about the continued importance of future technologies that encourage and enable meaningful physical interactions with like minded people and not just another way to tell people where you are at all times. It reminds me of the recent Louis CK appearance on Conan that got so much attention.
All the geniuses with computers love to tell you you can talk to people all over the world if you’re on line. Who wants to? You want to talk to people all over the world? People don’t talk to the guy next door… . People are standing in an elevator — do you talk to anybody? A guy calls you up and he’s got the wrong number — do you start a conversation? Do you ever say, “Sure glad you got the wrong number!” You’re gonna holler, “You got the wrong number!” And God forbid he calls you again: you think he’s a stalker, you call the police.