Monday September 17th 2012
I know the whole ‘negative critic quote in the trailer’ thing is a bit old hat now (how did that happen?) but there’s something oddly effective about the devil-may-care marketing strategy deployed by the makers of The Comedy in this new teaser trailer. Starring some of the world’s foremost so-called anti-comics, including Tim Heidecker, Neil Hamburger and Eric Wareheim, as well as LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, the film follows Swanson, a thirtysomething trust fund baby who spends his days ‘engaging in acts of recreational cruelty and pacified boredom with a group of ageing Brooklyn hipsters’.
Despite (or perhaps because of) prompting widespread debate, and scores of walkouts, when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year, The Comedy is still without UK distribution, and notably absent from this year’s London Film Festival line-up.
Maybe we could get it released? Would that work? How much would it cost? What if we all put a fiver in? Somebody sort that out and get back to me.