Help us finish this film about stand up. Part comedy, part documentary and part mockumentary; a 'cockumentary' if you will.
About three years ago I was at a popular comedy show in the East Village. The place was packed and I started talking to Jim Gaffigan. I had met and talked to Jim many times and he was always very gracious to me even though he barely knew me. I talked to him about movies for about ten minutes when he suddenly said; "You should direct a movie." "Why do you say that?" I asked. "Because you seem to know a lot about them and you seem like you could do it." Anyhow, that was when I first thought about actually directing a film and thus the idea for 'This is Comedy' was born. It's like that old saying; "If Jim Gaffigan suggests you direct a film then you should do it Tom." Oh, and also Jim agreed to appear in the film.
We want to make something truly original, in a way that's never been done before. So we're combining two genre types into one film; part documentary about stand-up, and part mockumentary done within the stand-up comedy world. The documentary part will feature insight from some of the biggest names in comedy and the mockumentary portion will chronicle my struggles, which are also the struggles that many stand up comics face.
We have already shot interviews with many established comedians; Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Margaret Cho, Aisha Tyler, Kurt Metzger, Ari Shaffir, Joe Derosa, Ted Alexandro, Rob Cantrell, Matt Fulchiron and Sean Patton to name a few. We also have interviews lined up with many other well known comedians. We are 25% done with this project and need your help to finish.
WHO I AM AND WHY I WANT TO MAKE THIS FILM
I have been a stand up comic for 13 years so I know the source material very well. I'm also pretty hilarious or so I've been told by my older sisters.
I've appeared on Comedy Central, CNN, VH-1's Best Week Ever, TRU-TV's Smoking Gun Presents, Comedy Central Records' Invite Them Up CD (voted one of the 'Best Comedy Albums of the Decade' by the Onion AV Club) My stand-up CD 'Lou Diamond Phillips?' was voted one of the 'Top 10 Comedy Albums' by Punchline Magazine alongside comedy legends Louis CK and Mitch Hedberg. I was the star of the indy comedy film 'Happy Life' exec produced by director Abel Ferrara(Bad Lieutenant) and I also appear in the new film 'Hellaware'.
I've also produced and directed numerous comedic videos and shot films that have appeared on Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Atom.com and MTV.com. My shorts have been featured at the Hollyshorts Film Festival at Mann's Chinese Theater, The LA Comedy Shorts Fest as well as others. One of my shorts was nominated for an ECNY Award in 2010. All the projects I've produced have made the most of a limited budget. We will use our budget wisely to shoot more interviews with comedians as well as short comedic vignettes. The mockumentary portion of the film will be similar in tone and style to the legendary film 'This is Spinal Tap'.
This film combines two things I feel passionate about, stand-up comedy and independent film-making.
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I have produced and directed numerous comedic videos and have also acted in two indy feature films. I have vast experience on low budget film shoots as does the crew I am working with. Some of the crew people have produced content that's been featured on Comedy Central, College Humor.com and Atom.com. Our DP has done post production for the films; 'Avatar', 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 'Spider Man 3'. We've all experienced challenges on every project we've worked on. One thing I've learned is that challenges force you to improvise on the spot and those improvisations can lead to the best stuff you capture on film. Our experience in independent film-making will help us during our 11 day shoot.
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