‘Mister America’ Review: Tim Heidecker Runs for Office in Absurd Mockumentary About Modern Politics

‘Mister America’ Review: Tim Heidecker Runs for Office in Absurd Mockumentary About Modern Politics
It’s hard to define exactly what actor/comedian/musician Tim Heidecker does — the deliberate result of a Dead Sea-dry sense of humor that can make even his most committed supporters feel like they’re not always in on the joke — but if anything binds his various projects together it might be a consistent effort to explore the value of absurdity in an increasingly absurd world. You can see it in “The Comedy,” a semi-improvised satire in which Heidecker gave one of the decade’s great performances as a trust fund man-child who gets unmoored between irony and entropy. You can hear it on albums like “Too Dumb for Suicide: Tim Heidecker’s Trump Songs,” in which he mocks our reality TV president in order to grapple with the futility of mocking our reality TV president.

And you can watch it darken and metastasize for hours and hours and
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