Whether you like the work Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim do on their cable show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!, or not, you have to admit that what they produce is so unique and absurd that it’s hard to explain to those who haven’t seen it. And the trailer for a new film that they star in, The Comedy, is exactly the same way. You can sit through over two minutes of this preview, you can get introduced to the lives and struggles of this group of characters, but when it’s all over, it’s still kind of hard to explain what you’ve watched.
Despite the head-scratching nature of some of this material, The Comedy isn’t rampant silliness like Tim and Eric’s other work. It’s looks gritty, indie, kind of dark, and it sees the famous comic duo taking acting roles in a project that was the creative work of someone else. From director Rick Alverson and his co-writers Robert Donne and Colm O’Leary, The Comedy tells the story of an aging, trust fund hipster (Heidecker) who has begun to feel trapped by his life of convenience and irreverence, so he’s started to act out in destructive ways.
The synopsis is vague, but, from the looks of this trailer, the results of that setup are disturbing, but still often hilarious. The completely off the wall stuff Heidecker has done in his comedy career turns a lot of people off due to its unflinching commitment to being nonsense, but this film looks like it just may inject enough humanity into his strange behavior to play well to a larger audience than he usually reaches.
A larger audience who will get a chance to try the movie out on November 9, when it’s scheduled to hit theaters. [Apple]