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The Comedy -- Indifferent to the notion of inheriting his father's estate, a Williamsburg guy passes the time with his friends, playing games of mock sincerity and irreverence
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Indifferent to the notion of inheriting his father's estate, a Williamsburg guy passes the time with his friends, playing games of mock sincerity and irreverence. | Add synopsis »
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The Melancholia That is Freedom. See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Tim Heidecker ... Swanson

Eric Wareheim ... Van Arman
Jeffrey Jensen ... Cargill

James Murphy ... Ben
Gregg Turkington ... Bobby

Kate Lyn Sheil ... Waitress

Alexia Rasmussen ... Young woman
Liza Kate ... Sister-in-Law

Adam Scarimbolo ... Restaurant Manager
Seth Koen ... Male nurse
Will Sheff ... Will
Richard Swift ... Richard
Angus Hepburn ... Weathy man
Grace Kiley ... Weathy woman

Grace Rex ... Hospital Nurse
Alice Maziuman ... Hospital woman

Gregory M. Brown ... Doctor
Liam O'Connor ... Child #1
Kaitlyn Vitti ... Child #2 (as Katie Vitti)
David Olsen ... Hospital Man
Gerard Amyzial ... Bartender
Jayson Gittens ... Bar Patron
Montoun Hart ... Bar Patron
Charles Worthy ... Bar Patron
Roxanne Ferris ... Woman Mistaken For Prostitute

Ryan Raftery ... Antique shop patron
Yianni Kool ... Taxi Driver

Rock Kohli ... Raj
Luke Wasserman ... Beach Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Mele ... Head Trauma Victim
Leigh Schanfein ... Upper West Side Waitress
Kevin Townley ... Waiter
Sarah Trogdon ... Beach mother
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Directed by
Rick Alverson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rick Alverson 
Robert Donne  writer
Colm O'Leary  writer

Produced by
Jonathan Cargill .... executive producer
Larry Fessenden .... associate producer
David Gordon Green .... executive producer
Jody Hill .... executive producer
Brent Kunkle .... producer
Danny McBride .... executive producer
Alex Plapinger .... executive producer
Matt Reilly .... executive producer
Mike S. Ryan .... producer
Ben Swanson .... executive producer
Chris Swanson .... executive producer
Darius Van Arman .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Mark Schwartzbard 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Taylor 
 
Casting by
Harley Kaplan 
Brandon Powers 
 
Production Design by
Shawn Annabel 
 
Art Direction by
Emily Kaplan 
 
Makeup Department
Betsy Kelly .... makeup artist
Jacqueline Menconi .... key hair stylist
Jacqueline Menconi .... key makeup artist
Brian Spears .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Claire Bernard .... production manager
 
Art Department
Brendan Hodgdon .... art intern
 
Sound Department
Joseph Bearese .... boom operator
Scott Hirsch .... sound effects editor
Allison Jackson .... sound mixer
Gene Park .... sound re-recording mixer
Gene Park .... supervising sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Neal Jonas .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lorenzo Artami .... swing
Daniel Patrick Carbone .... b camera operator
Chris DesRochers .... grip
Chris DesRochers .... key grip
Marcos Herrera .... d.i.t.
Bert Montanari .... key grip
Daniele Napolitano .... gaffer
Nayantara Parikh .... assistant camera: B camera
Alberto Sala .... electrician
Alberto Sala .... grip
James Schlittenhart .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Faryn Einhorn .... casting assistant
Richard Jordan .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Isabel Crosby .... costume design
Dinarte de Freitas .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Sam Daley .... colorist
Ranju Majumdar .... assistant editor
Sanjit Majumdar .... assistant editor
Kyle Mumford .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Grant Manship .... music supervision counsel
Chris Swanson .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Rodrigo Arias .... production assistant
Katherine Hurt .... craft service
Katherine Hurt .... production assistant
Corey Johnsen .... production assistant
Derek Means .... craft service
Derek Means .... production assistant
Rob Pellecchia .... production counsel
Zachary Scott .... production assistant
Katie Watson .... business representative: SAG
Lisa Wisely .... business affairs
 

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The black males Swanson (Tim Heidecker) encounters at a Brooklyn bar were not actors but participants. Their reactions from Heidecker stereotyping them were genuine.See more »
Quotes:
Swanson:[affecting a demonic voice, in a church] You are the de-you are in the demon's house.See more »
Soundtrack:
Disintegration Loops (1.1 Excerpt II)See more »

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The Melancholia That is Freedom., 2 December 2012
Author: DamnYouGoogle from United States

Outside melancholia I don't see be using many 5 dollar words to describe The Comedy. Born from the depths of a generation sans responsibility The Comedy is a sad portrayal of those privileged yet initiated in the world today. Essentially the hollow existence of a rich man (by way of proxy) is exposed as a numbing unnerving process in which a sad person seeks to feel alive through a series of ironic and annoying events that can only be described as "real life trolling". The acting is subtle and upsetting as you watch the life of a 4 grown men whittled away seemingly at their own discretion and it becomes even more upsetting when you realize these men do these things on their spare time as well leaving you wondering if the main character, wonderfully played by Tim Heidecker is searching for a deeper meaning in all this non-sense or simply killing time in between breathing.

The most striking and obvious theme of the movie is hit dead on, as no matter how much "fun" the characters are portrayed as having a deep seeded loneliness constantly lingers on the screen. Even as Heidecker's character forms relationship or merely interacts with a stranger you can feel the unhappiness he extrudes.

One thing about The Comedy that is for sure, is that while it may make you chuckle and even get a gut laugh is far from a comedy. No, The Comedy is ironic portrait of how ironic it is that a life fueled by irony is without a doubt sincerely unfulfilled.

If you are looking for the laugh riot of the year I suggest you pass on The Comedy. If you are looking for a serious film on flippant lives it might be the best of 2012.

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