Sunday, May 29, 2005

Who's the Caboose (Seder, 1996)

I've never had much affection for the East Coast alt-comedy scene of the mid-90s. Though there was a nice melding of the L.A./Boston scene with the Ben Stiller Show, I've always found those East Coasters--David Cross, Todd Barry, Sarah Silverman, Janeano Garofalo (who now has an abysmal show on "Air America" with this film's director)--unbearably smug and only intermittenly funny. There's nothing more ferociously annoying than white people who think they are "scathing."

But as much as I hate to say it, this movie was fabulous. Clearly produced for zero dollars--it was shot in 12 days--"Who's the Caboose" tells the story of Max Rabin (Seder) and Sarah Silverman (can't remember the character's name), two downtown NYC performance-artists/stand-up comics who come to Los Angeles for pilot season. Max is a big nothing, Sarah is repped by CAA. Time to rock and roll.

Don't expect the universe--the faux-doc style will sometimes leave you wishing for some of the Christopher Guestians--but this has some unbelievably spot-on satire. Max's Dad is a powerful lawyer who he hates (he's at work on a one-man show called "I Hate My Dad"); when Sarah reads for the studio execs on a sitcom pilot, the only one who laughs is the fatty, nebbishy writer (who has the best line in the whole movie; I won't ruin it for you); a beautiful David Cross monologue that involves his slicing of a bean; the way Sarah's manager (Andy Dick) has only one famous client. Even Silverman has some really golden stuff in here. As much as I hate to admit it.

I'm not sure how to track this one down; I saw it on the TRIO Channel. But for any fans of comedy, television, no-budget movies, or entertainment wannabees, it's really not to be missed.


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