By Taylor Lindsay | Indiewire March 25, 2014 at 12:12PM
The sixth annual Friars Club Comedy Film Festival is back with a bunch of hilarity-centric features, docs and shorts, running April 1-5. This year's opening night film will be the world premiere of James Roday's "Gravy," the "Psych" star's directional debut. The dark comedy follows the Halloween horror-chaos that ensues after odd group of characters order a different kind of dish at a Mexican cantina.
"We're excited to bring back the film festival, due to popular demand," said
Eric Johnson, executive director of the fest. "For an opening film, we're looking for something unique, daring and
funny, with a fresh and original take on the comedy genre,
and James Roday¹s film hits all the marks."
The Festival's centerpiece will be the premiere of co-director Howie Mandel's documentary "Committed," which follows comedian Vic Cohen on a 13-year quest for success. Closing the event will be the New York debut of Bill Plympton's "Cheatin'," an animated feature.
From "Committed" to "Cheatin'," this year's ensemble promises humor of all kinds. Check out some of the features below:
BAD JOHNSON Shameless womanizer Cam Gigandet wakes up one morning to not only find his penis missing, it has now become its own person (Nick Thune) with a mind of its own. Festival Premiere.
BORGMAN The Cannes Film Festival hit from director Alex van Warmerdam is a darkly funny about a mysterious vagrant who changes the lives of a Dutch family in ways they can¹t comprehend.
CHEATIN - The new film from two-time Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton, putting his own unique, comic spin on film noir. NY Premiere
COMMITTED Howie Mandel co-directs this documentary on fellow comedian Vic Cohen, filmed over the course of 13 years. NY Premiere. Howie Mandel to appear.
DOOMSDAYS Survivalist comedy from writer/director Eddie Mullins starring Justin Rice (Mutual Appreciation) and Leo Fitzpatrick (Kids) as a pair of survivalists who break into expensive homes in the Catskills.
GRAVY James Roday's unique take on the horror-comedy shows how a restaurant visit can go horribly awry. World Premiere.
O.J.: THE MUSICAL Jeff Rosenberg's tale of an eccentric L.A. theater artist¹s attempts to turn the Trial of the Century into the Great American Musical. NYC Premiere.
THE HAPPY SAD ROUTE (AND A COMEDIAN) The acclaimed documentary about a Dutch comedian¹s travels to survey the comedy scene in the former Yugoslavia, a country still reeling from the effects of a decade of civil war, with unpleasant memories of Dutch peacekeepers still present. US Premiere.
THE ACTRESS: Season 3 The full third season of actress Ann Carr's (Louie) acclaimed web series. Festival Premiere.
THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY WINDOWS Director Adi Leff returns with the tale of clueless London musician whose drive to succeed far outweighs his actual ability to play music. World Premiere.
THE BEST OF LOCO The Friars Club debuts a partnership with the London Comedy Film Festival (LOCO) to premiere their 'Best of Fest'.
WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY Alan Zweig's acclaimed documentary on the history of Jewish humor, winner of the Best Canadian Feature at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
WITCHING AND BITCHING Alex de la Iglesia's epic tale of jewelry thieves who are hunted down by a gang of witches. NY Premiere.
FRIARS CLUB COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS BLOCKS One of the greatest traditions of the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival are our shorts blocks, which bring together some of the best comedy short films from all over the world in one hilarious package. 2014 brings 3 blocks of great new comedy shorts that showcase the future of movie comedy.