Writer-director Rick Alverson’s new movie is called The Comedy and stars funny man Tim Heidecker. But the film is actually a semi-improvised drama about a New York slacker-type who spends a good deal of screen time hanging out with pals played by Eric Wareheim and LCD Soundsystem singer James Murphy. So what’s up with the title? “You can interpret that as being sarcastic but I don’t think it’s purely a ‘F— you,’” says Heidecker, who together with Wareheim stars on the Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! “We talked a lot about the way these characters almost exclusively communicate through their own wit.”
While the film may be deliberately short on belly laughs it is long on footage of Heidecker’s own naked, and rather cuddlesome, stomach. “I said to the director before we shot it, ‘This guy’s supposed to be a hipster. Shouldn’t I get really skinny?’” says the actor. “He was like, ‘No, I think you’re just like a guy that drinks too much Pabst. We’ll go that direction.’ At a Q&A someone was like, ‘Why would I want to watch some fat guy?’ I was like, ‘I’m not Dom Deluise!’”
Below, Heidecker talks more about The Comedy — which can be seen in select cinemas over the next month and is also available on VOD — and why he wrote a 13 minute song about the Titanic.
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