With Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have clearly established themselves as comedians who push the boundaries of what most people consider to be funny, often delving into the bizarre, the surreal and the downright mundane. So when the duo chooses to star in a movie simply called The Comedy, you know there is a pretty good chance you’re going to get anything but. Unlike Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, this is not actually directed by Tim or Eric but rather Rick Alverson, who previously directed two dramas: New Jerusalem and The Builder. But is it a drama or is it a comedy? I’m still not sure.
The plot revolves around a guy named Swanson (Tim Heidecker), who is about to inherit his wealthy father’s estate but has no emotional response, preferring to just screw around with his buddies all day. The plot synopsis says that “Heidecker’s deadpan delivery cleverly masks a deep desire for connection and sense in the modern world” and that the movie is “a powerful and provocative character study.” Watching the trailer, however, it definitely feels like another Tim and Eric inside joke extended to feature length, and the fact that it co-stars their buddy Neil Hamburger and LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy makes it even more confusing. Either way, I’m definitely intrigued. The Comedy hits select theatres on Nov. 9th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.