Sundance 2012: Poster for THE COMEDY Starring Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim

     January 10, 2012


We’ve been sent the exclusive poster for The Comedy starring Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.  The film will play at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  For those unfamiliar with the movie, here’s the logline: “Indifferent even to the prospects of inheriting his father’s estate, Swanson whiles away his days with a group of aging Brooklyn hipsters, engaging in small acts of recreational cruelty and pacified boredom.”  Ah, recreational cruelty: the very best kind of cruelty. Rick Alverson directed and co-wrote the film with Robert Donne and Colm O’LearyThe Comedy will be one  the Sundance 2012 movies starring Heidecker and Wareheim; the other is Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.


Here’s the official synopsis for The Comedy:

Indifferent even to the prospects of inheriting his father’s estate, Swanson has been insulated his whole life by the bubble of privilege. He and his hipster friends live in a tepid social paradise, a.k.a. Williamsburg, where their good fortune breeds indifference and recreational cruelty. They pacify their discontent with games of mock sincerity and irreverence, as though humor itself were dying and had nothing left to do but turn on itself. Testing limits to break through their numbness, they act out like spoiled children—with ironic beards and beer bellies.

Rick Alverson unleashes a camouflaged assault on contemporary culture veiled in a gorgeously crafted and humorous veneer. As taboos are broken, audience members are forced to question their boundaries and whether they should be laughing with it, at it, or not at all. A scathing look at the white male on the verge of collapse, The Comedy provokes and disorients; it’s a carefully rendered cautionary fable for the autumn of America.

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  • Stinky

    I get the fact that Tim & Eric have a following. I just don’t think the show is funny. Painfully the opposite. Not here to troll and shit on them. Just a little curious as to what piece of the funny puzzle I’m missing here.

    • rar

      It’s satirical humor combined with awkward and new age comedy. It can’t be taken anywhere near face value or it appears to be retarded. This sounds douchey, but it really is genius once you begin to truly understand it.

    • a

      There are satirical jabs at new age/cable access/amateur production but, there’s nothing to really “understand” per se. Plainly it’s absurdist, and uses those aesthetics as mainly a method for delivering synapse-breaking, epileptic randomness. Some folks don’t find it funny, which is fine. Different strokes. (But honestly NONE of it makes you chuckle? Not even the Dr. Brule stuff???)

  • colin.

    this is a joke for sure. love the synopsis and how IT is a satire of a bullshit independent comedy.

    but now i’ll wait to see how far they took the joke and if they ACTUALLY made the movie. neither would surprise me.

    • LK

      They didn’t make The Comedy, they were only in it.


  • James

    @Stinky – I think the point is that it’s different. If you have preconceived notions of what comedy is and how it is supposed to be delivered, Tim and Eric won’t be funny to you. If you’re expecting the same old “I’m the comedian making the jokes – You’re the audience who laughs on cue at the punchline” type of comedy, you won’t get it. A lot of Tim and Eric’s skits are parodies of real life, and point out the ridiculous nature of modern society. Some of it isn’t meant to be funny at all. I find the creativity hilarious and refreshing. I just can’t laugh at “Git er done” or any of that surface humor/same old same old type of humor. Tim and Eric is something new. My two cents.

    Ya blew it.

  • Elitist Prick

    If this movie ironically plays on the irony of ironic independent comedies, have we reached the point where independent movies have begun to eat themselves?

  • Alex–

    I think the title is referring to ‘life’ as a comedy, ala Seinfeld, only realistic.

  • Ronnie

    It’s unique to see Tim and Eric in a movie that is not a comedy nor their own. It looks more like a drama with alot of tongue-in-cheek elements with a really disturbing and realstic dark approach.

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