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The Comedy (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, 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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Rick Alverson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Heidecker ... Swanson
Eric Wareheim ... Van Arman
Jeffrey Jensen 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 Seth Koen ... Male nurse
Will Sheff Will Sheff ... Will
Richard Swift ... Richard
Angus Hepburn Angus Hepburn ... Wealthy Man
Grace Kiley ... Weathy woman
Grace Rex ... 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Komedia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,000, 9 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$41,113, 4 January 2013
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The script was a treatment by Rick Alverson and his co-writers, with the cast improvising in their scenes. 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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Referenced in Inside Amy Schumer: Tyler Perry's Episode (2014) See more »

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Low Bay of Sky
Written by Richard Youngs
Performed by Richard Youngs
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Laughing, learning, and squirming at The Comedy
8 October 2012 | by Xerxes2004See 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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