The funny guys tour America
Release Date: Feb. 8 (limited)
Director: Ari Sandel
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Ahmed Ahmed, Bret Ernst, John Caparulo, Sebastian Maniscalco, Justin Long, Keir O’Donnell
Studio/Run Time: Picturehouse, 110 mins.
In the fall of 2005, actor/comedian Vince Vaughn decided to take four other comedians (Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst, Sebastian Maniscalco) and a motley band of guests on the road for Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show, 30 nights of stand-up comedy across America. He also took a ?lm crew to document the experience. Starting in Hollywood, the group works its way eastward, performing each night for sold-out crowds and encountering hecklers, local celebrities, screaming sorority girls, refugees from Hurricane Katrina, and its own roots.
Vaughn, the most recognizable of the bunch, doesn’t hog the screen. Instead, we see the ups and downs of the performers’ mental states as they work the crowd, rant off-stage, tell their life stories in bits and pieces, and bemoan the state of American standup comedy. The ?lm plays more as a home video than a documentary, but injected with live performances and local ?air in the heartland of America, it’s still relatively fun.