Friday, January 30, 2009

From Daily Show to Serious Actor?

Following up on last night's post about Darrell Hammond on Damages, it seems we've already got another case of a comedian getting serious. In this case, it's new Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac (seen above), whose indie drama Medicine for Melancholy opens in select cities today, and, according to AO Scott's review for the New York Times, it's quite good.

From the way Scott describes the movie, it sounds like a black Before Sunrise, with a young sort-of couple walking around and talking. Even though Scott explicitly says not to call it a black Before Sunrise, I have to say I'm intrigued. Scott gives the movie a Critics Pick and singles Cenac out saying, "Mr. Cenac, a writer and fake reporter on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” calibrates Micah’s vacillations between earnestness and guardedness perfectly."

Daily Show has certainly led to some big things. Steve Carell and Ed Helms got The Office, Stephen Colbert got The Colbert Report, and Rob Corddry got to be the racist government guy in Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. But will Wyatt Cenac turn this small indie role into a career? I'm curious to find out.

Until then, here's proof he's doing just fine so far:

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