What do you do when your upcoming release premiered at Sundance and, according to IFC, had "more walkouts than anything else...at the fest?" If you're the marketing team for Rick Alverson‘s The Comedy, you advertise it right there in the trailer. The examination of white privilege and aging hipster-dom stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), along with James Murphy, Kate Lyn Sheil, and Alexia Rasmussen. The Comedy releases on VOD October 24th and hits theaters November 9th.
On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker) is a man with unlimited options. An aging hipster in Brooklyn, he spends his days in aimless recreation with like-minded friends (Eric Wareheim, James Murphy, 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. Played brilliantly by Heidecker, his 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.