SXSW FILM 2012
By Dave Campbell | April 25, 2012
The Comedy is the case study of Swanson (Tim Heidecker); a privileged thirty-something slacker hipster from the affluent Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. With his father withering away in hospice care, Swanson faces the inevitable inheritance of the family’s estate. Due to his complete lack of responsibilities as well as unlimited free time, Swanson has a desensitized perception of the world around him. He pushes social buttons and boundaries with the same abrasive curiosity of a child poking a dead animal with a stick, and plods through life with a drag on those around him.
For me, The Comedy was the most emotionally dynamic film at SXSW 2012 due to director Rick Alverson’s astonishing job of allowing the natural wit of his comedic stars to thrive while keeping it within the bounds of the ironic title.
We had the opportunity to met up with director Rick Alverson and star Tim Heidecker at SXSW 2012 and have a conversation about The Comedy, which had it’s world premiere at Sundance in January. Enjoy!
Dave Campbell’s full review of The Comedy