Playing in 100 locations around the country right now is the sophomore writing/directing effort of comedian turned filmmaker Mike Birbiglia. He made a splash at Sundance a few years ago with the charming, semi-autobiographical Sleepwalk with Me, and now he’s back with a movie called Don’t Think Twice, focusing on a group of tight-knit friends in an improv troupe. The film is in the same vein as Broadcast News and other films from James L. Brooks, just set in the world of improv comedy, and it’s truly a must-see.
Now in an efforts to help promote the movie, producers forced Mike Birbiglia to create a viral video to make more people aware of the movie. Sadly, this resulted in cast members Gillian Jacobs (Community), Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates), Chris Gethard (Broad City), and Tami Sagher (Inside Amy Schumer) all getting the viral video virus. Watch the Don’t Think Twice viral video after the jump. Read More »
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The 42nd season of Saturday Night Live won’t hit the airwaves until later this fall, but comedy fans may be able to get their fix with the new movie Brother Nature, which features its fair share of SNL veterans. You’ve seen this premise a dozen times before before – the uptight guy must survive a vacation with his girlfriend’s wacky family – but there are some very funny people involved on both sides of the camera, including Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan. Can they freshen up a tired premise? Let’s run that new trailer footage and take a look.
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Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Mike Birbiglia started out as a stand-up comedian before transitioning into filmmaking with 2011’s loosely autobiographical Sleepwalk With Me, based on one of his stand-up acts. It was solid and sweet and lots of fun, but it’s his second film, Don’t Think Twice, that should really mark him as an indie director to watch.
The dramedy, which premiered at SXSW this spring and is now headed for a summer release, follows the members of a scrappy New York improv troupe played by Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci, and Tami Sagher. The close-knit circle finds itself in disarray when one of their number gets catches a huge break. It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious and painfully honest and above all, deeply empathetic, and it’ll ring all too true to anyone who’s ever found themselves feeling stuck in life. Watch the Don’t Think Twice trailer after the jump. Read More »
Good comedy is the result of long-simmering pain. A comedian struggles on stage, bombing in front of impatient audiences, for years before learning how to be funny. A hilarious actor waits tables while desperately hoping to get cast in that first defining role. And even after so much suffering and so much hard work, the vast majority of talented people still slip through the cracks, watching as others, sometimes friends, stumble into big breaks.
This is the world of Mike Birbiglia‘s Don’t Think Twice, a thoughtful comedy tinged with both melancholy and hope. Set within the New York City improv comedy scene, Birbiglia’s sophomore effort as a director captures the joy of creation and the agony of creative stagnation – anyone who has ever struggled to make something will laugh and cry and find a great deal of the film hitting very close to home.
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Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Now that we’ve met Mickey and Gus, the first full-length Love trailer has arrived to show us what they’re like together. The upcoming Netflix series from Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!) centers on two very different young adults trying, with very mixed results, to navigate the complexities of modern love. Rust himself plays nice guy Gus, and Gillian Jacobs is wild-child Mickey. Watch the new Love trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Netflix must be happy with its upcoming series Love, because they’ve already given the show a two-season order. Judd Apatow is one of the creators and executive producers of the show, which is about two youngish people named Gus and Mickey struggling to find love. The Netflix original program stars Gillian Jacobs (Community) and Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper).
Watch the Love trailers after the jump.
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After directing Trainwreck starring and written by Amy Schumer last year, Judd Apatow doesn’t have a comedy feature coming up just yet. But that’s mostly because he’s been busy with his new Netflix series Love, which has just been given a premiere date next month along with a teaser and a couple of first-look photos. Find out more about the new series below! Read More »
If you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, I hope that you’ve discovered the work of Mike Birbiglia. If not, Netflix Instant currently has two of his comedy specials, What I Should Have Said Was Nothing: Tales from My Secret Public Journal and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, and I recommend watching them immediately.
In addition, Birbiglia also made his directorial debut with his auto-biographical indie comedy Sleepwalk with Me, which played at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2012. Like Birbiglia’s comedy, it’s definitely worth watching. And now Birbiglia has just started production on his sophomore directing effort, a movie set in the world of improv called Don’t Think Twice. Read More »
Blumhouse Productions has two great films out this summer: Creep, with Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice, and this week’s The Gift, with Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman, and Rebecca Hall. Now add Visions to the list of Blumhouse films with great if somewhat unlikely casts. The movie features Isla Fisher, Gillian Jacobs and Jim Parsons, and the first international Visions trailer will show you some of the particular horrors created for this film as the characters deal with pregnancy and a new house that seems to have echoes of really bad old stuff. Read More »