The film and television portion of SXSW has been growing at a very rapid pace over the last few years. More and more films are premiering at the festival while more and more talent are coming through. And comedy has been no stranger to the equation. Last year alone we saw the premiere of Get Hard, Spy, an early version of Trainwreck, Hello, My Name is Doris, and the Tig Notaro documentary Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro.
This year’s comedy film line-up has been taking shape with more being announced as the festival nears. Film runs March 11 – 19 and will include the much anticipated return of Paul Reubens’ beloved character Pee-wee Herman, a new series from Danny McBride, and documentaries about both Robert Klein and The Del Close Marathon. Here’s your full breakdown of what will be screening down at the fest this year:
Pee-wee’s Big Holiday
Directed by John Lee and written by Paul Reubens and Paul Rust, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday starts off with a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger that inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in an epic story of friendship and destiny. here’s the trailer:
A mysterious catnapping triggers a chain of events that lead cousins Clarence and Rell into the belly of LA’s criminal underworld. Suburbanites at heart, the hapless pair are ill-equipped to deal with the threats and illegal activities that lie ahead, but they have no choice but to dive in and rescue Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu. Keanu (Work-In-Progress) hails from Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Here’s the trailer:
Written by the team that brought you Superbad, Pineapple Express, and This is the End, Sausage Party is a hilarious and eye-opening look into the secret world of food as it comes alive in ways you could never possibly imagine. The animated feature includes the voices of Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek.
And Punching the Clown
Comedian-songwriter Henry Phillips (Henry Phillips) is lured to LA by renowned TV producer Jay Warren (J.K. Simmons), who hopes to create a television series about the life of a struggling performer. With the support of his longtime musician friend Jillian (Tig Notaro), and his well-meaning, but subpar, manager Ellen Pinsky (Ellen Ratner), Henry endures the ups and downs of LA; securing what appears to be the Hollywood dream. But when a major TV network gets involved with the show, Henry must decide whether his legacy will be to make jokes, or become the butt of them.
Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg
The film takes a hilarious and heartfelt look at the career and influence of comedy legend.
Asperger’s Are Us
For the members of the comedy troupe Asperger’s Are Us, it’s easier to associate with a faceless audience than with their own families. No matter who the crowd, best friends Noah, New Michael, Jack and Ethan have one simple mantra: “We would much rather the audience appreciate us as comedians than people who have overcome adversity.” In this coming-of-age heartfelt documentary, this band of brothers finds themselves at a crossroad. With real life pulling them apart, they decide to plan one ambitious farewell show before they all go their separate ways. People with Asperger’s don’t deal well with uncertainty, and this is the most uncertain time in their lives.