About this project
We are so close to finishing this movie, we can taste it. But we need your help, Kickstarter!
Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film! is a movie that brings the absolute best of the NYC comedy scene to life on the screen; the film features performances from REGGIE WATTS, KURT BRAUNOHLER & KRISTEN SCHAAL, CHRISTIAN FINNEGAN, LEO ALLEN, ROB PARAVONIAN, and LIAM McENEANEY. In addition, it features interviews with JIM GAFFIGAN, JANEANE GAROFALO, PAUL F. TOMPKINS, WYATT CENAC, HANNIBAL BURESS, MARC MARON, COLIN QUINN, and many more comedians who came out of the "alt. comedy scene."
From the film's World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival to our screenings at big film and comedy festivals across the country to special panels/showings at prestigious venues like The Paley Center for Media and the New York Comic-Con, the only place the TYF! movie hasn't screened is in your home.
The film's official release date is December 4th. And we're going to bring the movie to places where you can purchase it or stream it, places like Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon, various Video On Demand services, and so on.
But none of these deals will pay any kind of licensing fee upfront, and there's a bunch of stuff that needs to be paid for to get the movie out there. The movie is overbudget, and so we're turning to our friends on Kickstarter to help finish it.
For instance, before we can sell the film, we have to commit the final edit of the film to HD CAM (a special, industry-standard hi-def digital tape), so that our film's reps can deliver the highest-quality print to these various companies. As you can imagine, this is pretty expensive.
Also, because this is an independent production, and not released by a major film company with a huge marketing department, we need to create certain materials for marketing. Since we started the film, there's been a glut of comedy specials and documentaries hitting the marketplace. So we absolutely need to hire a top-notch PR rep, to help us ensure we get reviews, promotion, and the word-of-mouth buzz required to get this film seen by as many people as possible.
Please note, we're asking for $6,000, and with the fees that Amazon and Kickstarter subtracts, this is kind of the bare minimum we need to finish this film. The more money we make, the more we can bring you magic like:
If we can pull in more than the $6,000 limit, we can hire people to put together Outtakes. In this film, we have an amazing Kurt & Kristen routine about Pocahontas and John Smith (pictured above). But Kurt & Kristen did a whole other routine that we didn't have time to include in the final cut of the film. We'd love to be able to pay an editor to put together that and some additional Reggie Watts material and other outtakes for the fans to watch.
For those of you who've been asking when you can see this movie, the answer is December 4th, assuming we meet this final round of fund-raising we can start getting this film out there.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS! THE CONCERT FILM!
is a document of the NYC underground scene in the early 00s. Much as 'The Last Waltz' and 'Woodstock' told the story of the 1960s rock n' roll generation, so does TYF! tell the story of the current 'alternative comedy' revolution.
The film features performances from some of the funniest, most innovative comedians to come out of NYC: Reggie Watts, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal, Christian Finnegan, Leo Allen, Rob Paravonian, and Liam McEneaney. In addition, It features interviews with some of the biggest names to come out of the "alt. comedy scene," including Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, Wyatt Cenac, Colin Quinn, Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani, and Paul F. Tompkins.
The film was directed by Victor Varnado. The soundtrack was composed and performed by A Brief View of the Hudson. You can listen to the theme song below:
Whether you're a "comedy nerd" or a casual fan, this film is going to excite and educate, and make you laugh your ass off.
"I also really enjoyed Liam McEneaney's "Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film," which managesd to not only serve as a showcase for nine striking comedy voices, but which also makes an effort to describe and define the alternative comedy scene. It opens with a good six or seven minutes of McEneaney onstage, talking about how whiskey is a social drink. It's the first time I've ever seen him, and it's a good riff. It's personal and it's funny and it's broad, a perfect example of what I think the best comics these days do. Watching stand-up evolve over the last couple of decades has been watching an art form grow up and become what I feel like it has always tried to be, an art form that is one of the most revealing. Great comedy works because of the mirror it holds up to all of our quirks and flaws, and the more personal it gets, the better it is. I'm not sure I believe in "alternative" comedy anymore, because I think the mainstream for stand-up has found a way to include all sorts of voices now. Between the various individual performances, we see interviews with a number of familiar faces, and the subject is something that is very particular to a comedian, the value of a good space. You've got folks like Paul F. Tomkins and Marc Maron and Colin Quinn and Jim Gaffigan and Janeane Garafolo in the interview segments, and then we get to see Leo Allen, Christian Finnegan, Rob Paravonian, Kurt Braunholer and Kristen Schaal, and Reggie Watts actually perform as part of the showcase, and it's a great line-up. They all have totally different voices and styles as comedians.
For me, the highlight was the set by Reggie Watts, who I'm sort of obsessed with. I don't understand how his brain works, and it fascinates me. If you've never seen Watts perform, I don't even fully know how to explain it to you. I'll offer up this very NSFW clip of him in action as a way of trying to explain it. Every sound you're about to hear is Watts, and he can do this live, with just as many levels of sound. It's crazy...
I love it. What's amazing is how I'm not even sure I'd call a lot of what he does "funny." It's just hypnotic. These walls of sound wash over you, and while I do laugh occasionally, most of the time when I'm watching Watts, I'm just dazzled by how creatively free he is up there, how unlike anyone else he is. I mean, Paravonian also sings in his set, but his songs are more like conventional comedy tunes, and his song "Pushing Band Candy" is another highlight from the film. Almost everyone has at least one great moment. Leo Allen, for example, does an actual Power Point presentation from his Macbook for part of his set, and it's funny, but at the end of it, he goes out on a HUGE limb and make a very risky joke, and while I'm not sure he nails it, it's great to watch someone try like that.
Comedy is one of those things that people think anyone can do, but that's ridiculous. It's an incredibly difficult craft, and the best working comics are people who approach this as an art form, people who work at what they do. In these interviews, you'll hear about the necessity of being onstage, the difference between writing and performing… topics that cut right to the heart of being a professional comic. That distinguishes "Tell Your Friends!" from a typical concert film, as does the direction by Victor Varando. It's well worth seeing, both as a performance piece and as a look at where comedy is in the year 2011."
Yes, we have been touring festivals with an almost-completed edit of the film. We got invited into the 2011 SXSW Film Festival (without submitting! Apologies to the 1000s of other filmmakers we beat without trying) just a shade under three weeks before the festival started. Which means that the print we've been touring around has actually been a beta edit. We finished the final edit, but now we have to commit it to this hi-def tape before we can actually sell it.
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