When the Gilbert Gottfried documentary, Gilbert, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, we learned more than we ever wanted to about the potty-mouthed comedian’s bathroom habits. Namely, that he hoards the travel-sized toiletries that he pinches from hotels. You can expect a lot more of that when the Lower East Side Film Festival comes to the neighborhood next month. The fest just announced the lineup for its seventh annual edition and its closing night feature, Poop Talk, will feature a lot of turd talk from comedians.
The film is one of those comedians-riff-on-a-subject docs along the lines of Fuck or Hecklers. In this case, Paul Provenza, Adam Carolla, Nikki Glaser, Paul Scheer, Pete Holmes, and Nick Swardson are among the 50 comics and experts who tell us that everybody poops. Comedians are notorious navel gazers, but this is ridiculous. But let’s not prejudge. You can watch the film for yourself, on June 15, to determine whether it’s the shit or a big fat flaming turd.
Also closing the fest that night is Mermaids. No, this is not the nutso, Polish mermaid horror movie. It’s a documentary about mermaid cosplay that may or may not answer Vulture’s question, “Are Mermaids the New Vampires?”
Other festival highlights include a preview of Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, a Jim Carrey-produced show about comics trying to make it in ’70s LA that seems to be Showtime’s answer to HBO’s Crashing. It’ll be followed by a live standup special featuring Sasheer Zamata of SNL (also one of the film fest’s judges), Judah Friedlander, and more. There will also be feminist and queer-themed shorts programs.
Rest assured, there are some narrative features set in our fair city, including David Bly’s Sweet Parents and Michael Angarano’s boys-night-out movie, Avenues, which just had its world premiere at the Montclair Film Festival.
Tickets for the fest, which runs June 8 to 15, are now on sale here.
Correction: The original version of this post misstated the number of years the LESFF has been running.