Bret Ernst is hustling through his third state in as many days. His new film debuts on a grand scale Friday, and theres been a lot of preparation to do, like hyping the movie from Seattle to Atlanta at limited-release premiers: Just listening to the comedians travel itinerary makes you want a big, long nap.
Bret will assure you that its been worth it. The media whirlwind began a couple years ago when Vince Vaughn approached him with the idea: Vaughn wanted to make a concert-film-meets-road-film, seasoned with the best emerging stand up talent from LAs famous club, the Comedy Store. What resulted was Brets greatest experience to date: a 30-day, 30-gig stand-up-meets-variety show, with Vince and crew traveling cross country together on a tour bus. All of that footage was sifted through and then smartly stitched together, creating the movie, Vince Vaughns Wild West Comedy Show. And its basically awesome.
Wild Wests comedians are the kinds of guys you want to root for. You empathize with them, laugh with them, and by the time the credits roll you feel as though youve lived through that momentous month in one of the bus bunk beds. Brett is no exception. Hes got an everyman quality thats easy to relate to, like when he tells New Times about his daily conflict between party jams and driving music. When Im at home, I listen to a lot of music from when I was 19, growing up in South Florida Jodeci, booty bass, that stuff. But when Im driving I like to put on ´70s divorce music, because it chills me out. Of course, such dichotomy can be potentially perilous. Bret explains: One day I was driving and I got into an altercation with this guy, and Im yelling at him, screaming. But in the background I realized that Mandy by Barry Manilow is blasting from my car. Its like, cmon how tough can you be, guy?"
Cheer and laugh with the underdogs starting tonight, when Vince Vaughns Wild West Comedy Show opens nationwide.
Fri., Feb. 8, 2008