Once again, The Belcourt Theatre reminds us why we love them by showing Mike Birbiglia‘s “Sleepwalk With Me”:
“I’m going to tell you a story, and it’s true….I always have to tell people that.” So asserts comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia directly to the viewer at the outset of his autobiographically inspired, fictional feature debut. Birbiglia wears his incisive wit on his sleeve while portraying a cinematic surrogate. We are thrust into the tale of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore. The kind of passionate and personal storytelling that transfigures intimate anguish into comic art, SLEEPWALK WITH ME also delights as a revolving door of today’s stand-up scene. Also starring Marc Maron, Wyatt Cenac and others.
“A funny and insightful film. I could have watched it for 10 hours.” —Judd Apatow
Look at this trailer.. it’s got Henry Phillips (who is hilarious and was just at Zanies) and Marc Maron (who is fantastically funny and was just here at Zanies in July) and of course dang ole Birbigs (who is awesome and was last at Zanies on September 9, 2008, when he was refining his “Sleepwalk With Me” material in preparation for the off-Broadway theatrical run that preceded his book of the same name and now this movie). Check it out:
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Ahem.. “HEY! Hey, YOU! HEY, DUMB DUMB! YES, YOU! Why are you such a dummy? Why don’t know know about Tim and Eric? Is it because you’re so dumb? Have you been busy watching your VHS tapes of classic Hee Haw skitches over and over laughing at the cutting edge humor? Huh? Have you, dumb person? Is that what comedy is to you? Is Larry the Cable Guy ‘too smart?’ HA HA! Get a clue, dumb person who has never heard of Tim and Eric! You.. you fool!”
Sorry. Seriously, if you like silly things and incredibly awkward comedy, check out the dvd’s (or watch the videos online) of Tim and Eric’s old Adult Swim show and get caught up. If you like that, you’ll probably love “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” (Dir. Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim, 2012, USA, R, 94min, 35mm). If you DON’T like uncomfortable situations, prolonged silences, miscues, misfires, misfits and of course shrimp and white wine.. this isn’t for you.
The premise is: cult comedy heroes Tim and Eric are given a billion dollars to make a movie, but squander every dime.. and the sinister head of its financier the Schlaaang corporation (Robert Loggia) is pissed! No longer able to pay their life coach (Zach Galifianakis) for advice, they happen upon a chance to rehabilitate a bankrupt mall full of vagrants, bizarre stores and a man-eating wolf that stalks the food court. Tim and Eric see dollar signs—a billion of them. Co-starring John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell and featuring cameos from Awesome Show regulars and many more. Also, some “shrim.”
Here’s the Official Redband Trailer [HD]:
The Belcourt: Fri-Sat, March 2-3 at Midnight
The Belcourt Theatre
2102 Belcourt Avenue – Nashville TN 37212
Box Office: (615) 383-9140
Main Office: (615) 846-3150
AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Storyis a captivating animated documentary drama on the legendary Texas outlaw comic Bill Hicks, whose profound observations on American life changed the face of comedy forever. The film will be playing at the Belcourt Theatre May 2-5, preceded by sets from Nashville-based comedians Chris Crofton, Chad Riden, James Austin Johnson, Gary Fletcher and Sean Parrott.
The film has been called: “a deeply perceptive, fittingly honest tribute…”
– London Film Festival
“inventive and daring…one of the few great docs for 2010 that has balls.”
“Visually fantastic….completely absorbing and incredibly entertaining”
– Aint It Cool News
Here’s the official trailer:
Bill’s “outlaw” comic reputation and his relentless search for truth with such a brilliant comedic mind has inspired and infuriated comedians at every level of success. Go to any open mic and you can spot young comics who have been listening to his albums – the same way you can identify a HUGE Mitch Hedberg fan or someone who watches a lot of Daniel Tosh. You can spot that influence in comics who haven’t figured out the unique way they are funny yet.
Among seasoned comics, there are guys who can rant about soulless politicians, corrupt religions, bullshit advertising, the ratings obsessed eye-candy media, and evil global corporations.. but not many can do that while being as hilarious and original as Bill Hicks was. Hicks was so good at what he did, it makes me constantly look at my act and think, “what crap!” (BTW, no need to write ‘yeah, me too’ in the comments, I KNOW.) It’s humbling when you take a look at how fantastic stand-up comedy can be.
Bill is such an iconic figure in the world of comedy.. and his story resonates with me on a personal level. I’m a stand-up comic from the South who has zig-zagged across the country doing shows at the Chuckle Huts in the Shithole type towns for years.. and I’ve felt that same frustration and desperation first hand. Bill’s story isn’t just hate-fueled drunken rants, though. The film covers his entire life – sneaking out of the house as a young teenager to go perform at the local club, his struggle on the road, his hate for Los Angeles, his success in the UK, his spiritual journeys and inspiration via psilocybin mushrooms, his fight with cancer, his sobriety, his success and eventual censorship on David Letterman’s show and his redemption when Letterman finally made that right. It’s an incredible film about a legend whose work is still very relevant today.
The film will be playing at the Belcourt Theatre May 2-5, preceded by sets from Nashville-based comedians on the different showings. Tuesday is Chris Crofton night. Wednesday’s late night showing has no special presentation at this time. Thursday night’s two showings will be presented by NashvilleStandUp and feature myself (Chad Riden) and James Austin Johnson at 8pm and Gary Fletcher and Sean Parrott at 10:20.
9:40pm: AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story (film only)
8pm: Chris Crofton, AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story
10:20pm: AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story (film only)
10:30pm: AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story (film only)
8pm: Chad Riden, James Austin Johnson, AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story
10:20pm: Gary Fletcher, Sean Parrott, AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story
Maybe you’ve heard all the hullabaloo about “Death By Death 2, a comedy about killing people” – an entry Nashville 48 Hour Film Project featuring Nashville comedian Brad Edwards & Janet Williams “The Tennessee Tramp.” It recently premiered at the Belcourt and positive feedback has been pouring in. One big Nashville media mogul said, “I’ve seen it and it is hilarious. If you don’t go see it and think it’s hilarious, then you are absolutely incorrect.”
The entire short runs 7:43 and you can see it on the YouTubes and right here:
Once again, local comic / filmmaker Joel T Wilson and his “I Love Betty Productions” competed in the Nashville 48 Hour Film Project. This year, his entry was “Death By Death 2, a comedy about killing people” featuring Nashville comedian Brad Edwards & Janet Williams “The Tennessee Tramp.” NashvilleStandUp has seen the short film and it is FUNNY.
Here’s a trailer for “Diebold Thoroughkill” – which appears as a movie trailer within “Death By Death 2”:
If you’d like to go see “Death By Death 2, a comedy about killing people” it premiers at the Belcourt TONIGHT (Wednesday) at 6pm – in ‘group A’ (credited to “Awesome Pictures, Joel Reid”).
(The facebook event is here.)