THE HECKLER

By Ben PLAZZER

MATTHEWSWOOD PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Comedy - Completed 2014

A self-obsessed comedian on the fast track to fame, has his body hijacked by the spirit of a jealous heckler.

Festivals
& Awards

LA Comedy Festival 2014
Best Ensemble
Adelaide Fringe Festival 2015
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015
Sydney Comedy Festival 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Comedy
    • Countries
    • AUSTRALIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ben PLAZZER
    • Writer(s)
    • Steve MITCHELL
    • Producer(s)
    • Lee MATTHEWS (MATTHEWSWOOD PRODUCTIONS), Steve MITCHELL (The Comedy Cartel), Ben PLAZZER (The Comedy Cartel), Steve LUBY (RUBY ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD)
    • Synopsis
    • What if someone kicked you out of your body and you couldn’t do anything about it?

      Meet Steve, a fame-hungry, self-absorbed comedian on the verge of joining the ‘big league’. When he accidentally kills Mike, a jealous wannabe stand-up comic, he becomes convinced that the man’s ghost is haunting him. He tries meditation to calm his nerves, but an out-of-body experience allows Mike’s spirit to take over his body.

      Steve, now existing as a spirit outside of his own body, can only watch as Mike ruins his reputation by performing his own disastrous, unfunny stand-up routines. Can Steve repossess his body before Mike destroys his relationships, his finances and his one shot at fame – the 'Ultimate Funniest Comedian' contest?

      ‘The Heckler’ is a high-concept feature film set in the world of comedy clubs and populated by unique yet strangely familiar characters. It explores our hunger for fame and the empty pursuit of celebrity and asks the questions: how can we be happy if we're always living for tomorrow? And are crazy people really just talking to themselves? This is ‘Being John Malkovich’ meets ‘Ghost Town’ meets ‘The King of Comedy’.
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