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THE COMEDY

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On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker, "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!") is a man with unlimited options. An aging hipster in Brooklyn, he spends his days in aimless recreation with like-minded friends (“Tim & Eric” co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a.“Neil Hamburger”) in games of comic irreverence and mock sincerity. As Swanson grows restless of the safety a sheltered life offers him, he tests the limits of acceptable behavior, pushing the envelope in every way he can. Heidecker’s deadpan delivery cleverly masks a deep desire for connection and sense in the modern world. The Comedy wears its name on its sleeve, but director Rick Alverson's powerful and provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.

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On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker, "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!") is a man with unlimited options. An aging hipster in Brooklyn, he spends his days in aimless recreation with like-minded friends (“Tim & Eric” co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a.“Neil Hamburger”) in games of comic irreverence and mock sincerity. As Swanson grows restless of the safety a sheltered life offers him, he tests the limits of acceptable behavior, pushing the envelope in every way he can. Heidecker’s deadpan delivery cleverly masks a deep desire for connection and sense in the modern world. The Comedy wears its name on its sleeve, but director Rick Alverson's powerful and provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.

Film Information
Year: 2012
Length: 94 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Cast & Credits
Director: Rick Alverson
Screenwriter: Rick Alverson, Robret Donne, Colm O’Leary
Primary Cast: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, James Murphy, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alexia Rasmussen, Gregg Turkington
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One of the Best Movies of 2012The New Yorker, Hammer to Nail, AV Club

One of the Best Film Performances of 2012 (Tim Heidecker)Indiewire

“The most culturally relevant movie I’ve seen all year. Heidecker’s performance [is] a fearless, incredible exhibition of tightly controlled, passive-aggressive rage turned in on itself.”Grantland

“Tim Heidecker gives a compulsively fascinating performance.”Variety

“By far one of the most wildly inappropriate and pitch black comedies I’ve ever seen in my life.”Film Threat

“Transgressively brilliant.”Village Voice

“A work of art that’s both simultaneously hilarious and disturbing.”Hollywood.com

“A powerful generational statement.”Indiewire

Press

Tim Heidecker on youth, Louis C.K. and why The Comedy is 'grotesque' (Los Angeles Times)

Interview: The Comedy Director Rick Alverson On Provoking Audiences -- And Why His Next Movie Is About the Ku Klux Klan (Indiewire)

24 hours of discomfort, comedy, and discomfort-comedy with Tim Heidecker of The Comedy (AV Club)

Interview: Rick Alverson & Tim Heidecker Talk The Comedy, Juvenile Criticism, Exploring Middle Class Inertia & More (The Playlist)

Festivals

Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival

Official Selection, International Film Festival Rotterdam

Official Selection, South by Southwest

Official Selection, BAMcinemaFEST

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