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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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Funny, tragic and painful, watch The Comedy with caution! 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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Real alcohol was used in scenes involving characters drinking beer and other sorts of liquor.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:
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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Funny, tragic and painful, watch The Comedy with caution!, 5 December 2012
Author: octopusluke from Denmark

An uncomfortable mix of anti-PC bullying, laconic social critique and Cassavettes-style realism, Rick Alverson's The Comedy is a challenging movie. An experience of endurance, rather than entertainment, it's basically Jackass with a brain. A real puzzle. I wasn't sure whether I should walk out or give it a standing ovation. Either way, it's a painful ninety minutes.

One half of the creative team behind Adult Swim's flatulent sketch show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Heidecker's brutal depiction of Swanson encapsulates, and furthermore parodies, the exact audience from which he has become a cult demigod – the trust-funded, apathetic hipster. Instead of the garish surrealism of said TV series, The Comedy is rooted in documentary-like naturalism.

Aimlessly wandering around his stomping ground of Williamsburg, New York, Swanson spends his days trying to find substance for life – picking up jobs as a dishwasher even though he's loaded, travelling across town via his cosy houseboat, heading into ghettoised bars so that he can rile up/bond with the local "brothers", and chatting to drunk women about how feudalism is great and Hitler misunderstood. Far from just testing the patience and credulity of the characters on screen, Alverson is reaching out to the audience watching The Comedy. Whether the embittered sentiment of the film is ironic, genuine or otherwise is dependent on your own tolerance level and engagement with this truly unsympathetic, crass character.

Uncritically speaking, I found Heidecker's performance mesmerising, but the character unrelenting nasty. In partiocular, there's a bedroom scene late on in the movie which left me feeling abused and nauseous. A powerful reaction to cinema, but certainly not a welcome one!

If you feel compelled to sit through this venomous, albeit fraught comedy, it would make for perfect double bill with the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits. Not only do both movies feature the humble DFA Records boss James Murphy, they both wryly depict the ennui and societal disconnect of an ageing American subculture.

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