We haven’t seen much of Michael Cera lately, but we’re getting a little taste of him today both in front of and behind the screen in his directorial debut, which just went live on YouTube. “Brazzaville Teen-Ager,” a short film directed by and starring Cera and based on a short story by Bruce Jay Friedman (“Splash”), premiered on the new YouTube channel JASH, a comedy collective featuring the work of Cera, Tim & Eric, Sarah Silverman and Reggie Watts.
Described as a dramatic comedy, and specifically not a parody or sketch, “Brazzaville Teen-Ager” follows a son on a desperate and awkward journey to help his sick and distant father. The short also stars Charles Grodin, Jack O’Connell (“Skins”), and, oddly enough, R&B singer Kelis.
While this short glimpse of Cera may leave you wanting more, have no fear — the actor/filmmaker is due to returns to both the big and small screens this summer in Seth Rogan’s “This Is the End” and Netflix’s new season of “Arrested Development.”
Check out the short film below and find out if Cera’s milkshake brings any boys to the yard.