THIS ISN’T FUNNY
right person. wrong time.
Opens in Los Angeles at the Los Feliz Theatre 3
November 6th – November 12th
(This film is not rated)
Directed by: Paul Ashton
Written by: Paul Ashton & Katie Page
Starring: Katie Page, Paul Ashton, Anthony LaPaglia, Edi Gathegi, Mimi Rogers, David Pasquesi, Danielle Panabaker, Mark Harelik, Gia Carides, Angie Milliken, Beth Stelling, Ahmed Bharoocha and Will Weldon
With Original Stand Up by
Beth Stelling, Ahmed Bharoocha, Katie Page and Will Weldon
Lije Sarki and Paul Ashton, Katie Page, Maria Menounos & Keven Undergaro
Meet Eliot Anderson and Jamie Thompson: Masters of Prolonged Adolescence, experts in Self-Sabotage.
Faced with the possibility of their true potential, at a time in life when they both know they’re ‘supposed to be’ finding some kind of clarity… the only sensible response seems to be running in the opposite direction.
What a perfect time for them to meet.
Eliot is a stand up with crippling anxiety, Jamie avoids life through partying and travel. When Jamie rides his bicycle into Eliot’s car their exchange is not exactly a meet-cute. More like a meet-fling-hostile-abuse-drive-off-aggressive.
Then when Eliot riffs on the exchange in her set that night and Jamie is there to see it, it’s game on, and the chemistry is undeniable.
They push each other’s buttons. They fall in love. But just as they open themselves up and see they might be a fit, things start to fall apart. New job opportunities and family crises bring their issues and their future together into sharp focus and their respective modes of escape-therapy begin to fail them.
Will they ever be able to get out of their own way, so they can truly come together?
Interspersed with live stand up comedy from Beth Stelling, Ahmed Bharoocha, Katie Page and Will Weldon (who all also star), and featuring hilarious character turns from Anthony LaPaglia, Edi Gathegi, Mimi Rogers, Gia Carides and David Pasquesi, THIS ISN’T FUNNY takes an honest, sharply observed look at meeting the right person at a time in your life when you just don’t know what to do with it.
And how it can be the best thing that ever happened to you.
ABOUT PAUL ASHTON (Director/Writer/Producer)
Prior to THIS ISN’T FUNNY, Paul’s short film IN LOCO PARENTIS, starring Ben Lawson, Gia Carides and Anthony LaPaglia, played the Opening Night Gala of Palm Springs International Shortfest in 2012, as well as Rhode Island International, Hollyshorts, and a host of other festivals around the U.S. and Australia that year. His other two short films CHAMPION and DREAM GIRL also screened at Palm Springs and other festivals, in both countries.
In 2012 he co-created the webseries DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME with Katie Page. This collaboration saw them both win awards at LA WebFest in 2012, and laid the foundations for their partnership on THIS ISN’T FUNNY.
Paul is originally from Australia, where he trained at the Victorian College of the Arts Drama School, under Lindy Davies. He also worked as a director and teacher at the Australian Theatre for Young People in Sydney from 2006-07.