The Comedian
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Ed is a stand up comedian in his early thirties, he is handsome, charming, witty and lost. Trying to make it on the London comedy circuit, he spends his nights performing in small rooms above pubs and his days making ends meet at a call centre. He lives with Elisa, a beautiful French singer, the two like brother and sister, inseparable, loving and asexual. Ed funny and playful, Elisa soulful and sensitive. One day, on a night bus home, Ed meets Nathan, a young black artist, blunt, honest and free. They immediately connect and begin a passionate affair. Suddenly the intimate bond between Ed and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For all its honesty, the film feels frustratingly incomplete, a great character in search of a story."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"There's some interesting material in this dark British drama, but it's so relentlessly grim that we are never able to connect with anyone on-screen. It doesn't help that all of the characters are pretty unlikeable."
‑ Rich Cline,
"Just when you think you've got the measure of it, it'll drift off down another mumbly alley of blind uncertainty about what its protagonist thinks he's doing in life."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Mike Leigh in miniature, without the caricature."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"It's so gloomy that it's difficult to connect emotionally."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"There's not enough of a story to sustain The Comedian through its frequent lulls, but its lush cinematic style suggests Shkolnik is one to watch."
‑ Damon Wise, Radio Times
"The world is reaching out to gay romance right now. But it takes a lot of reaching to like Tom Shkolnik's The Comedian, or even to understand what it is saying."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"The meandering life of a London stand-up comic makes for a meandering movie experience."
‑ Chris Blohm, Little White Lies
"Moments of inertia aside, Shkolnik's scriptless film makes a bold attempt to capture the staccato rhythms of life."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"It is an understated message for a diffident, aimless generation - and an impressive first film from a director happy to daze rather than amaze."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"The film has the whiff of reality, but lacks the imaginative shaping that gives form, meaning and a sort of transcendence to the work of John Cassavetes and Mike Leigh."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Shkolnik knows what it is to be shrugging along in the city with not enough money in your pocket, and no idea what to do with yourself."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"This improvised drama comedy is charming, poignant and watchable thanks to some exceptionally talented actors, but certain scenes feel a little bloated and contrived."
‑ Jennifer Tate, ViewLondon
"[L]ends a fresh depth of honesty and intimacy - sometimes sexual, always emotional - to a story that feels familiar on the surface but has rarely been plumbed with such insight or candor."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The Comedian is a fatally underwritten curio that doesn't give its competent actors enough to work with."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
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