i am a guerrilla filmmaker. in my spare time i hunt unicorns.
A portrait that takes the viewer on a journey into the drug-fueled mind of Jerry Seinfeld's degenerate younger brother Chip. Chip lives a pathetic life in Columbus, Ohio and has grand delusions of being a better comedian than his brother even though he's been confined to the shackles of obscurity his entire life. To prove to the world once-and-for-all that he is the funnier Seinfeld, Chip hired aspiring filmmaker Mike Newman to follow him around with a camera for a few months. This was the worst experience of Mike's career. Featuring interviews from stand-up comedians Patton Oswalt, Tom Papa, John Heffron, Natasha Leggero, Matt Braunger, Eddie Pepitone, Howard Kremer, Chris Fairbanks, Kyle Kinane, Duncan Trussell, Morgan Murphy, Auggie Smith, Matt Dwyer, and Emmett Montgomery, with a brief appearance from Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta. www.pnutfilms.com
At 00:09 on 14 Dec 2010
Regarding Chip Seinfeld. Who The F#ck Is Chip Seinfeld is a mockumentary that examines the life of Jerry Seinfeld's younger "brother" Chip during his struggle to make it big in stand-up comedy while coping with cocaine addiction. It's presented very convincingly with footage of Chip bombing at comedy clubs along with interviews with fellow comedians who aren't exactly fond of him. It's easy to forget that this is improvisational comedy at its best, doing to stand-up comedy what This Is Spinal Tap did to music. You can't help but feel sorry for Chip. This comedy short is 25 minutes long and while it's not rated, it does have adult language aplenty and scenes depicting drug use. It's still a must-see for anyone who's a fan of stand-up comedy.
At 06:25 on 23 Dec 2010
*** This review may contain spoilers *** This review is about the 26-minute short film cut of this, currently available on VODO for free, and apparently also on archive.org. It's still not short enough. I'm so happy I didn't have to endure the feature-length cut. You could not PAY me to watch more. It's clear the filmmakers think they are very very funny. Trust me when I say that it's not the CHARACTER I'm talking about. He's supposed to be deluded. But I am speaking about everyone in front of and behind the camera. They all have the same problem. I feel sad for the one or two cameo appearances I did sort-of recognize, as well for the 15-20 or so other supposedly name-worthy people who appear in the film for no particular reason. Am I supposed to know who these people are? I like shocking comedy. I loved the Aristocrats (joke category and the film about it). So it's not like I'm a prude. But the clichÃ© of the pathetic sibling of a famous person has been over-done. And these people are not real creative with the insults, relying instead on typical high school profanity. In the end, the film boasts that this is to be continued. The audience I saw this with found that to be the only laugh-out-loud line in the bunch, because there's no chance of that happening. But I guess the joke's on us, because if there really are nearly 70 minutes of yet-to-be-repackaged footage from the feature, there could be two or three more shorts. Not that we'll be seeing any of them.