December 7, 2020
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THE COMEDY and other Rick Alverson titles now streaming on Criterion Channel

From Criterion: THE COMEDY “Never mind the title, this unsparing dissection of privilege and the limits of hipster irony is a modern tragedy. Tim Heidecker gives a fearless performance as Swanson, an aging trust-fund Brooklynite whose sole mode of interacting with the world is a repellently “transgressive” sarcasm—a crudely offensive emotional barrier that he uses to mask his profound alienation. A singularly discomforting experience that never stops pushing the envelope, THE COMEDY is one of the most provocative and polarizing films of the last decade.”

Check out New Jerusalem and the Fessenden executive produced Entertainment,
also available on the Criterion Channel.

April 24, 2020
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GEP Quaranstream: THE COMEDY available on iTunes

Directed by Rick Alverson

Starring: Tim Heidecker, James Murphy
and Eric Wareheim.

Its audience may be self-selective in the extreme, but few films
have better articulated the limits of irony as a force field against the world.

It’s a meaty film, filled with ideas unobscured by any generic narrative string,
a move that shows not only the confidence of the director but his respect of the audience.
This is one that’ll have people talking.

Alverson just wants people to care, even if that subsequent emotion
takes on the form of hate, and as such, “The Comedy” has my begrudging respect.
– Film.Com

Available on iTunes 

September 1, 2016
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Watch THE COMEDY on Tribeca Shortlist

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The Comedy just added to Tribeca Shortlist! Check out this thought provoking review and watch the film HERE!

“The film works on not just a psychological level but also a physiological one: you’ll contort your face, you’ll squirm in your seat, and you’ll feel uncomfortable. But, hey—at least you’re feeling something”.

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October 9, 2015
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IFC Center Hosts Glass Eye Pix: 30th Anniversary Tribute

NYC’s IFC Center celebrates Glass Eye Pix’s 30th Anniversary with Glass Eye Pix: 30th Anniversary Tribute, a series of special screenings throughout October and into November. Screenings include GEP horror classics like NO TELLING and THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, as well as some of GEP’s non-horror films like WENDY AND LUCY and THE COMEDY.

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Read on for a full listing of screenings at IFC’s Glass Eye Pix: 30th Anniversary Tribute.

August 6, 2015
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Rick Alverson’s ENTERTAINMENT out on Nov 13


Fessenden executive produces ENTERTAINMENT, the new film from Rick Alverson, director of THE COMEDY. Check out the trailer below, and catch it in theaters and on iTunes November 13th.

August 8, 2014
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ENTERTAINMENT, by THE COMEDY’s Rick Alverson, wraps principal photography

The film stars John C Reilly, Tim Heidecker, and Gregg Turkington and was Executive Produced by Fessenden and a host of others. Here’s one blogger who’s excited to hear the news.

April 4, 2013
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THE COMEDY screens at The McKittrick Hotel!

Named after the Judy Barton’s place of residence in Alfred Hitchcock’sVertigo, The McKittrick Hotel still might seem like an unlikely setting for a film screening. Rich in cinematic reverence (the hotel’s Manderley Bar is named after the fictional estate in another Hitchcock classic, Rebecca), The McKittrick Hotel is most well-known for its infamous “Sleep No More” interactive theater experience, during which audience members are given complete freedom to roam the corridors of the hotel, unlocking its secrets and mysteries on their own terms.
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March 26, 2013
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THE COMEDY Now On DVD & Netflix

CHECK IT! Rick Alverson’s THE COMEDY is now available on DVD & Netflix. Get your hands on a copy from Amazon, or watch it   Continue Reading »

January 22, 2013
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Rick Alverson on HuffPost Live

Alverson joins Producer Mike Ryan, Filmmaker Robert Berger, Slamdance President and Co-Founder Peter Baxter, and Host Ricky Camilleri in a conversation about independent cinema, the growth of Sundance, and how Alverson’s film, THE COMEDY, was received when it played Sundance 2012.   Continue Reading »

January 18, 2013
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The Queasy Question: On Rick Alverson’s Film ‘The Comedy’

From Merve Emre at the Los Angeles Review of Books:
FOR MANY INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS today, “Most Walked-Out Film at Sundance 2012” is a perverse badge of honor, and Rick Alverson’s deceptively titled The Comedy wears it with pride. That much seems clear from the film’s opening shot: a slow-mo wrestling match between two fat, drunk, and nearly naked men, wheezy 30-somethings whose unlovely flesh swells and falls in time to Donnie and Joe Emerson’s soulful 1979 hit “Baby.” Unlike the sweet   Continue Reading »