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The Comedy (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 21 January 2012 (USA)
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Indifferent to the notion of inheriting his father's estate, a restless, aging New Yorker passes time with his friends in games of mock sincerity and irreverence.

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Swanson
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Van Arman
Jeffrey Jensen ...
Cargill
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Ben
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Bobby
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Waitress
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Young woman
Liza Kate ...
Sister-in-Law
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Brent
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Male nurse
Will Sheff ...
Will
Richard Swift ...
Richard
Angus Hepburn ...
Weathy man
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Weathy woman
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Hospital Nurse
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Indifferent to the notion of inheriting his father's estate, a restless, aging New Yorker passes time with his friends in games of mock sincerity and irreverence.

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$6,000 (USA) (9 November 2012)

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$41,113 (USA) (4 January 2013)
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Rick Alverson wanted Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim to be in the film after seeing their performances on "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" because of their signature use of excessive awkwardness. See more »

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Waitress: Do you have those clean glasses?
Swanson: [doesn't answer, looks her up and down]
Waitress: ...I'm sorry, are you deaf?
Swanson: [covering his nose] Oh, God, your fucking breath, it smells like this dirty, this, oh-I can't tell if it's the trash here, or your breath.
Waitress: There was something I was meaning to ask you, have you tried using the dish soap to clean out your asshole?
Swanson: Yeah, I use it all the time.
Waitress: Because you stink.
Swanson: [gesturing to the sink] I actually, this is where I shower, I shower, I put my head in here...
Waitress: Oh really, ...
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Referenced in Inside Amy Schumer: Tyler Perry's Episode (2014) See more »

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Garden Song
Written by Bill Fay
Performed by Bill Fay
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Laughing, learning, and squirming at The Comedy
8 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw The Comedy at a packed theater at the Vancouver International Film Festival (2012). The film follows a rich spoiled Brooklyn hipster type played by Tim Heidecker. He and his friends wallow in an excess of alcohol, boredom, and childish antics as they careen from one disruption to another. The character of Swanson pushes every boundary of good taste and civil behavior and will definitely get a reaction out of the audience.

As you watch The Comedy, you will laugh. There are definitely scenes of laugh out loud silliness and gross out humor. But this is not a comedy! The jokes all have a point and it's a point that is most definitely not funny.

Rick Alverson was in attendance and did a Q&A after the show. He said he deliberately wanted to make a film that provoked noting how tired he was of seeing people leave mainstream films like violent action films completely unphased. He only wrote a 20 page script and let the actors improvise extensively. He also simply emailed the actors, including Tim Heidecker, to see if they were interested and they jumped at the opportunity. Alverson thought the discomfort inherent in the comedy of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim would translate well into this dramatic picture and with that he succeeded. You will squirm, guaranteed! Whether or not you will pick up on the deeper commentary, or if there even is a deeper point, depends really on the person.


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