Writer-director-star Mike Birbiglia’s insightful look at the world of improvisational comedy — its form, as well as the comedians who perform it — could stand as the definitive film about the art form. And that’s not just because it’s one of the few (if any) films made about it.
“Don’t Think Twice” explores the hopes, fears, insecurities, anxieties and jealousies a group of improv comedians, with rare and often uncomfortable levels of honesty.
Detroit’s Keegan-Michael Key plays Jack, the leader the Commune, an improv troupe which faces an uncertain future due to a looming lease termination at their longtime residence.
Jack lands a gig at a “Saturday Night Live”-like sketch show called “Weekend Live,” while the rest of the group — which includes Miles (Birbiglia), Bill (Chris Gethard) and his girlfriend, Samantha (Gillian Jacobs) — is left sitting on the sidelines.
His friends are not necessarily excited for him as much as bitter as they did not get the call. The troupe’s feelings are exposed in this laugh-out-loud funny and unflinchingly human look at this art form.
Don’t think twice, see it.