added: Wed, Jan 16th '13
If you're a devoted listener of Marc Maron's comedy podcast WTF, you'd likely have heard the hysterical rants of New York stand-up comic Eddie Pepitone. With his trademark scratchy voice and his peculiar take on life, Pepitone, at age 54, has obtained the status of being a "comedian's comedian." Which basically means he's a hard-working stand up, who's beloved by his respected colleagues and friends, but has never earned nationwide fame. Well, that may change.
In the new documentary "The Bitter Buddha," Pepitone is finally getting his due, as former TV producer turned first-time director Steven Feinartz profiles the loud comic's life, and discovers the reason why so many celebrated comedians (Maron, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis) have admired this particular funnyman for years. The film will be playing this weekend at Slamdance before getting a theatrical release on February 15th. It will also be available on iTunes/VOD starting on February 19th.
Eddie Pepitone is a man at war with himself. And he has the scars to prove it. The Bitter Buddha takes the viewer backstage in the alternative comedy scene to reveal one of its most undervalued treasures. This portrait of a comedian looks at Pepitone's offbeat humor and lifestyle as he battles the world around him. Stand-up comedy, original animation and interviews with Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis and others provide insight into this beloved career comedian known as "the guitarist that all the other guitarists go to see."
directed by Steven Feinartz
starring Eddie Pepitone, Marc Maron, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Dana Gould, Andy Kindler, B.J. Novak
release date February 15, 2013 (In Theaters) February 19, 2013 (iTunes/VOD)