If you know the names Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, you probably know them from a “quirky” (I don’t think I’m going to find the right word for it) project called Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (2012). Or from their cult-hit, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, an ultra low budget comedy sketch show that aired in 2007.
Now, the two have moved on to star in the upcoming Tribeca Films release The Comedy: still low budget, still “quirky” (yes, I’m sticking to that word), but with something a little deeper perhaps bubbling beneath its surface.
Directed by Rick Alverson (a change from Billion Dollar Movie, which Heidecker and Wareheim directed themselves), the film is described as a character study with Heidecker playing an older hipster-type named Swanson. With too many options and seemingly no direction, the film watches as he and his friends test the boundaries of life without purpose. It’s funny, but it’s also not. And that distinct tone may be what sets this comedy apart from typical genre fare.
Take a look at the trailer here. An official selection of SXSW 2012, the film definitely has credibility, and the tone is reminiscent of the Duplass Brothers’ wonderfully simple, yet poignant Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011); another addition to the list of recent comedies about man-boys that do nothing, but somehow seem to say something about the human condition (or at least, the condition of men, these days). And if the film’s synopsis is any clue – inheriting his father’s estate, dealing with the fall-out of “rich-boy” syndrome – we may even be lucky enough to get a darker, hipster version of Billy Madison (1995), which would definitely shake up a genre that so easily gets stale.
Also starring LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, comedian Gregg Turkington, and of course, Eric Wareheim, The Comedy is scheduled for theatrical release on November 9th in select cities, with director Q&A’s happening in a few. If it’s not screening near your town, Tribeca suggests those interested visit gathr.us and rally to get a showing in your local theater.
If not, the beauty of 2012, is that you can catch the flick On Demand before it even hits theaters. On October 24th, watch The Comedy on VOD, ITunes, Amazon and VUDU. In the meantime, keep up with them on Facebook and the official site.