THE COMEDY 2012The Comedy is a 2012 black comedy film directed and co-written by Rick Alverson, and starring Tim Heidecker. Supporting actors include Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric), James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), and Gregg Turkington (better known as Neil Hamburger). The film was screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film is being distributed by Tribeca Film and is slated for theatrical release on November 9, 2012 and nationwide On Demand starting October 24, 2012.Despite the title and use of comedians as actors, Sundance festival chief programmer Trevor Groth says that the film is not a comedy, but instead “a provocation, a critique of a culture based at its core around irony and sarcasm and about ultimately how hollow that is” The first ten minutes of the film was purposely leaked onto various torrent websites with an anti-piracy statement at the end of the video.Indifferent even to the prospects of inheriting his father’s estate, Swanson (Heidecker) whittles away his days with a group of aging Brooklyn hipsters, engaging in acts of recreational cruelty and pacified boredom. Desensitized and disenchanted, he strays into a series of reckless situations that may offer the promise of redemption or the threat of retribution.

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