Exclusive, FREE ‘Dying Laughing’ pre-screening 2/19 at Third Coast

Dying Laughing film poster

Dying Laughing film poster

Sunday February 19th, Third Coast Comedy Club hosts an exclusive, FREE pre-screening of “Dying Laughing” starring Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Jamie Foxx, Billy Connolly, Steve Coogan, Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Eddie Izzard, Jerry Lewis, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Keenen Ivory Wayans and the late, great Garry Shandling, among many others. The film hits theaters and on demand on February 24.

“Comedy is purely a result of your ability to withstand self-torture,” says Seinfeld. Here’s the trailer:

The screening is absolutely free. Third Coast will also be raising money for Garry Shandling’s favorite charity, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The film will begin at 9pm.

Third Coast Comedy Club
1310 Clinton Street, Suite 121, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie @ Belcourt March 2-3, 16-17

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

UPDATE: The Belcourt is hosting ENCORE SCREENINGs: Fri-Sat, March 16-17 at 11:40pm

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar MovieFans of “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” on Adult Swim probably don’t need to be told that “Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” will be playing at the Belcourt Theatre at midnight March 2-3, but this post isn’t for THEM. They already know. Tim and Eric fans in Nashville haven’t been this excited since December 3rd, 2010. No, no.. this post is intended for people who’ve never heard of Tim and Eric:

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

Buy tickets in advance, online at Belcourt.org



AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story @ Belcourt May 2-5 w/ Nashville comics


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.”
– SheffDocFest

“Visually fantastic….completely absorbing and incredibly entertaining”
– Aint It Cool News

Here’s the official trailer:

If you are unfamiliar with Bill's work, here's a quick way to get up to speed. Bill Hicks: The Essential Collection is.. well, essential to any comedy collection.

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.

Monday 5/2/2011
9:40pm: AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story (film only)

Tuesday 5/3/2011
8pm: Chris Crofton, AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story
10:20pm: AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story (film only)

Wednesday 5/4/2011
10:30pm: AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story (film only)

Thursday 5/5/2011
8pm: Chad Riden, James Austin Johnson, AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story
10:20pm: Gary Fletcher, Sean Parrott, AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story

The Belcourt Theatre
2102 Belcourt Avenue
(Hillsboro Village behind Pangaea and the Villager Tavern)
(615) 383-9140

A final word from Bill:

Heather Ho stars in “Bernee” (premiers Jan. 25)

Bernee is the inaugural offering from F3Films Extra Ordinary Film Project – 12 feature films completed and premiered in 12 months. It was staged and shot in Hendersonville, TN at the Blue Goose Cafe, one of the landmarks in Middle Tennessee. The city of Hendersonville also graciously provided firemen, policemen, and other locations. Over 100 Sumner County and Davidson County residents came out to co-star in the film, along with nationally acclaimed stand-up comic Heather Horton, appearing as the title character Bernee.
“This movie is about an ordinary person getting in and out of some bizarre but real life situations, just like all of us, ordinary people thrust into extra ordinary circumstances. What could be funnier?” says Bernee Director Jon Russell Cring.
NashvilleStandUp talked to Heather about the movie and stuff:

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