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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 restless, aging New Yorker passes time with his friends in games of mock sincerity and irreverence. | Add synopsis »
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Laughing, learning, and squirming at The Comedy See more (25 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 ... Brent
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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Trivia:
The film was purposely leaked online. After the first ten minutes, however, the film cuts to Heidecker sitting on a boat with an anti-piracy banner that scrolls across the screen which repeats for the rest of the film's running time.See more »
Quotes:
Swanson:Why do you keep having to push them buttons?
Male nurse:Sometimes things need to be reset.
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Soundtrack:
Garden SongSee more »

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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Laughing, learning, and squirming at The Comedy, 8 October 2012
Author: Xerxes2004 from United States

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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