Not for Comedy

Kyle, a recently widowed comedian, has been struggling with the death of his late wife. He buries the pain with alcohol and has decided it's time to get back to work and complete his new stand-up routine. However, as his act unfolds, so do his bottled-up emotions, exposing his vulnerability for all to see.

  • Aruba Sulzana
  • Spenser Querry
    Cold Pressed (2018)
  • Logan Thoreau
    Katherine (2014)
  • Aruba Sulzana
  • Matthew Stannah
    Key Cast
    FBI: Most Wanted
  • Jackie Toop
    Key Cast
    The Deuce
  • Matt Harvey
    King Cake: The Joie de Vivre
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED 6K RAW
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Academy of Art University
  • The Slipper Room Movie Night
    New York
    United States
    October 3, 2022
    NYC Premiere
Director Biography - Aruba Sulzana

Aruba Sulzana is an American filmmaker, born and raised in NYC. She recently earned her MFA in Communication & Media Studies from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Her directorial debut ‘Not for Comedy’ is a short film that explores the vulnerability of a stand-up comedian protagonist as he journeys through a whirlwind of emotions following the death of his wife.
Aruba is currently developing a sci-fi thriller feature script about a future dystopian society where emotional recognition technology causes panic for a group of passengers trapped on a train. She looks forward to directing her first feature film in the near future.

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Director Statement

Not for Comedy is a dark comedy written by Spencer Querry. I found this story compelling because it focuses on a self-deprecating man as he navigates his way through his wife's death. Unfortunately, his journey debuts itself on stage in front of an audience, becoming the act he truly needed to perform.

What is the correct approach to facing grief and the loss of a loved one? An unconventional approach to dealing with one's grief stands out like a sore thumb. But what happens when an unconventional approach is the best approach? Exposing one's vulnerability is a human trait everyone experiences and feels alone in, but it shouldn't be the case. Support and healing come on their own time in the strangest moments.

These are the themes I strove to explore and highlight with this film. For me, great storytelling evolves from strong emotions and this story has a soulfulness and truthfulness that I hope people can connect with and gain insight from.