What do an African-American albino, a tuba-playing skate-punk, a classically-trained actor and and a writer for Saturday Night Live have in common? Awkwardness, of course. And, in the case of the subjects of the upcoming documentary The Awkward Comedy Show, a knack for turning the malaise of the chronically uncomfortable into stand-up comedy that’s earned appearances on the likes of Comedy Central and HBO.
Victor Varnado, Eric Andre, Baron Vaughn, and Time Out Chicago’s “Funniest Man in Chicago,” Hannibal Buress, are the subjects of the documentary, due out May 4, that follows the foursome on tour and through interviews with acclaimed funny woman Marina Franklin. The film, which examines the distinction between its subjects’ nerdy material and the themes (sex, hood life) that are usually associated with black comedy, incorporates music from hip-hop artist Farbeon and scenes illustrated by underground comics. Oh, and it’s not nearly as awkward as its name suggests. Comix club in New York will hold a DVD release party on May 3. Tickets are available here.
Watch the trailer:
The Awkward Comedy Show from Victor Varnado on Vimeo.