Maybe it’s because we tend to just want them to make with the funny, but the struggles of new comics trying to break into a stand up career have only rarely been explored in film, and the strange thing is that typically these efforts are dramas that sometimes turn slightly tragic. (Punchline and Funny People being the two most obvious examples.) Are You Joking?, a new indie comedy starring Sas Goldberg, Hannibal Buress, and Jake Wilson aims to do the opposite.
Set in New York, Are You Joking? follows Barb Schwartz (Goldberg), a twentysomething office drone who, inspired by her ballet dancer best friend, decides to try turning her passion for comedy into a real career. And now it’s been acquired by Comedy Dynamics, who will be releasing it VOD in partnership Ketchup Entertainment and Gravitas Ventures starting September 18, 2015. Are You Joking? will be available on digital platforms as well as cable, tv and satellite VOD platforms.
Directed by Jake Wilson, the script was cowritten by Wilson and Sas Goldberg. It’s produced by Sirad Balducci and exec produced by Wilson, Goldberg, and Kevin Iwashina. Executives in charge are Brian Volk-Weiss and Stephen Stanley. Are You Joking? was an Official Selection at the Hollywood Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and Gold Coast International Film Festival. It also screened as an official entry in the Palm Beach International Film Festival.