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Six of the Fest: Comedy

'A neurotic Englishman, a deranged Belgian and a deluded American..' could be the beginning of a particularly bad joke. Happily, they're a selection of the characters from our hilarious half-dozen, a ...

'A neurotic Englishman, a deranged Belgian and a deluded American..' could be the beginning of a particularly bad joke. Happily, they're a selection of the characters from our hilarious half-dozen, a diverse set of comedies set to tickle the funny bone.

Someone Else is a standout Britcom featuring one of our finest comedy actors Stephen Mangan, the star of last year’s EIFF hit Festival and TV’s Green Wing. His turn as a thirty-something photographer struggling with his love-life is charming and disarming.
 
Iceberg has to be one of the true originals of this year’s EIFF. The tale of a Belgian woman who seeks out colder climes following an unfortunate freezer incident, this physical comedy has minimal dialogue but generates maximum laughs. An inspired slapstick comedy that’s reminiscent of Tati.

Special gives the underrated Michael Rapaport the opportunity to shine in a leading role, here portraying an LA metermaid who believes he is developing superpowers as the result of a drug trial. This is a witty and insightful comedy and an outstanding debut from co-directors Haberman and Passmore.

Midnight is a screwball classic from our Mitchell Leisen retrospective, scripted by writing legends Wilder and Brackett. Featuring the fabulous Claudette Colbert as a grifting American showgirl in Paris, it boasts high style from its director and high jinx from its stars.

Gretchen has already been tagged this year’s Napoleon Dynamite but is hipper, darker and funnier. True, it shares the story of an awkward high school teen but feature first-timer Courtney Davis has an onscreen appeal all of her own. Director Steve Collins has delivered a gem with this American indie.

Art School Confidential sees Clowes and Zwigoff re-unite for another excellent dark comedy following 2001’s Ghost World. Clowes’ adapts his own comic book to give us a sly insight into a world of would-be bohemians, while Zwigoff gets great performances from the starry ensemble cast.

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