REVIEW: WHO'S THE CABOOSE?
When a film crew making a documentary on a rare fatal disease among the homeless stops at an underground comedy club in New York City, it doesn’t take long before they turn their attention instead to the hot and funny stand-up comedian Susan (Sarah Silverman), who is leaving town and heading to L.A. to land a part in a TV show, unbeknownst to her downtown “performance artist” boyfriend, Max (Sam Seder). Desperate not to lose Susan, Max chases after her in hopes of bringing her back home. As Susan suffers the indignities and compromises her agent (Andy Dick) hopes will make her a star, fate deals Max a winning hand in the form of entertainment lawyer Ken Fold (H. Jon Benjamin, Archer, Jon Benjamin Has a Van)..
Filmed with then rising-stars of the New York and LA comedy circuit, WHO’S THE CABOOSE? is now available for the first time in the U.S. on Digital, VOD and DVD. Co-written and directed by Seder (I’m with Busey, Majority Report with Janeane Garofalo) as the “highly worshipped alternative-comedy prequel” to his “highly worshipped miniseries sequel,” Pilot Season, WHO’S THE CABOOSE? features a remarkable list of comic actors in supporting roles and cameos, including David Cross (Arrested Development), Kathy Griffin (Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List), Marc Maron (WTF? With Marc Maron), Laura Kightlinger (The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman), David Waterman (Comic Relief), and Andy Kindler (Everybody Loves Raymond)..
A mockumentary that utilizes “direct cinema” filmmaking to hilarious effect, WHO’S THE CABOOSE is the first narrative fictional movie shot on digital video converted to film. When it premiered at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 1999, Variety wrote “…the cast of standup and lesser-known broadcast series talents is always fun to watch — they etch a lineup of air-kissing, backstabbing agents, managers, thesps, et al. with hilariously accurate restraint that never strays into caricature.”.
“We set out to make a movie that comedy nerds would continue to watch 15 to 20 years after we made it. We never realized it would take that long for them to see it for the first time,” says Seder. “Of course we didn’t know it at the time, but today CABOOSE is a relic of a TV era before TIVO, Reality TV and Mad Men. Pilot season, from February through April every year, was a necessary evil for young talent wanting to make it in the business. “Now all you need is to have an exceptional twitter feed or a really, really effed up family and/or a drug problem, with an ability to sign a release form.”
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