The Comedy: Hipster Existentialism

Those familiar with The Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! will understand that some brands of humour are subjective. Subjective like how some people (probably the ones that didn’t shell out their savings for tickets to the final show) find it funny that after LCD Soundsystem disbanded, former frontman James Murphy just can’t seem to stay away from the spotlight.

The latest foray of this supposed retiree is starring alongside Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of The Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! in Rick Alverson’s latest film ‘The Comedy’. A film that ironically is described as the not-so-funny story of a band of washed up 30-something year old hipsters in Williamsburg.

The Comedy debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this week to what some critics touted as ‘having the most walkouts they’d seen at Sundance’, others as ’90 minutes of pain’, ‘may ultimately be bullsh*t’, and ‘too punishing for most audiences’. But judging from the clip below, and the opening scene where the aforementioned band of dudes dance around half naked, in slow motion,  it’s probably just a satirical message about taking things too seriously.

It’s easy enough to be an indifferent hipster, but the general verdict is that watching one on-screen is slightly more challenging. As the movie transpires we follow the main character Swanson (Tim Heidecker) on a series of ventures in which he tries to find meaning in his life as an over-privileged, middle aged hipster.

Below is a clip from the movie, and despite having tried to best provide some form of context, it doesn’t change anything. It is what it is. We present, Hipsters Rapping In A Cab.


The Comedy is currently being screened at The Sundance Film Festival, more about Rick Alverson + The Comedy can be found here.