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2012 - directed by Rick Alverson – starring Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, James Murphy, Gregg Turkington, Kate Lyn Sheil

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. An official selection of Sundance, SXSW and BAMcinemafest, the film was shot largely right here in Williamsburg, BK.

 104 minutes – presented on Blu-ray – A Tribeca Film release

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

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

–      Film Threat

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