Manny Lewis

Synopsis: The film follows the story of a famous fictional stand-up comedian Manny Lewis, who connects with millions of fans but finds it hard to connect to one person. Manny struggles to overcome his sense of alienation and shyness, and a difficult relationship with his father, in a romantic and feel-good quest for the love of the quirky Maria.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Anthony Mir
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min


Do you ever pretend you're dead

at home, just practise?

Do you ever pretend you're dead

in the bath...

just hold your nose and float around

like a bloated corpse?

Have you ever contemplated suicide

just because you're

in a convenient spot to do it?

You're not particularly unhappy...

'Yeah, that'd work,

if I was going to do it.'

Like, I was bushwalking the other day

with some friends.

It was a beautiful day.

We were all connecting and chatting.

We went on this big ridge,

we looked at the horizon.

There's a huge drop. I looked over,

and the voice in my head went, 'Jump.'

'What?' 'You heard me.'

'Why?' 'You know why.'

I was making some toast

the other morning.

Had the knife in my hand, looking at

the toaster, waiting for it to come up.

The voice said, 'Stick it in.'

'Why?' 'You know why.'

I blame my father.

People always say to me, 'Where do you

get your sense of humour from?'

I say, 'My old man,'

'cause I figured out early on that there

was something really wrong with him.

She goes,

'You're better looking in real life.'

Sounds like a compliment.

What it means is,

'Because on TV, you look like sh*t.'

You know, my whole life,

I've tried to improve myself,

ever since I was a young kid. I used to

read a lot, try and make myself better.

You know what I've realised now that

I'm older? You can't. It's hopeless.

You'll never be anything different than

what you are.

It's a happy story!

When I was a kid...

For a long time, I thought my mother

was dead, when I was a kid.

I walked in the lounge room... 'Dad?'

He goes, 'What?'

'Where's Mum?' 'Your mother?

She went mad and shot herself.'

I was eight.

I recently went to an old girlfriend's

wedding. I don't recommend it.

I thought it'd be cool,

going to an old girlfriend's wedding.

It's all a bit French and everything...

'Cool. We're all happy now.'


The predominant feeling at

an old girlfriend's wedding is, failure.

Look at the happy couple on the altar.

'She's happy now.

I've never seen her smile

like that before.'

I've still got old girlfriends' numbers

in my phone. I can't let go.

Some part of me thinks,

'Maybe we'll get back together.

Maybe I'll ring them, drunk,

at two in the morning...

'Hey! How are you?

I've been thinking about you lately.

Let's have a kid.'

What can I say

about this fella? I mean...

We both met starting out,

and it's just been

an absolute pleasure, watching him grow.

I love him like a brother, and I'd like

to propose a toast to my friend.

Manny, congratulations

on a really successful tour, mate.

Here's to Manny.

Thanks, everyone. Cheers.

Is your old man coming?

Nah. Knew he wouldn't.

- Never does.

- Ah.

Oh, anyway,

let's just go and enjoy ourselves, eh?


Come on, get into it.

I can't be bothered.

Mate, you need a woman.

Who are half these people, anyway?

It doesn't matter. There's some

f***ing gold in there, mate.


Just come and meet some of them.

Come on.

Come on, mate. Just go and have a dance!

Come on!

I really connect to everything you say.


I appreciate that, but it's just jokes.

No, you don't understand.

What you say is the truth.

You mean, like a prophet?

Yes, you are, in a way.

Would it be strange

if I asked you for a hug?


OK. Ah, sorry.

Nah, it's alright.

Anyway, um...

When we had hangovers,

we would have these Manny days.

We'd all get together and make these

really strong bloody Marys

and watch your DVDs.

What, you only find me funny

when you're drunk?

No, no. I...

So, are you, like,

a manic depressive?

- Yeah, I am, a bit.

- So am I.

No, I'm not really. Sorry.

Apparently, you need, like, four hugs

a day to actually survive.

If you don't get hugs,

if people don't get hugs,

they can actually die.

How do you know? How do you know

if it's manic depression?

You might just be miserable.

Misery's not a disease.

It's just misery.

Nothing wrong with being miserable,

unless you hang around

a bunch of happy people.

- They sh*t me.

- Do they?

Yeah. Happy people sh*t me.

You don't sh*t me.

Thank you.

'Cause you look like how I feel.

You To Me Are Everything

Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?

I'm Not Coming Back

What are you doing out here, mate?

There's girls in there.

What am I going to do with them?

Have sex with one of them.

I might just go home.

I've got some good news for you.

That's Joel Hillman.

- Who?

- Joel Hillman.

- The American promoter. Remember?

- Oh! Yeah, yeah.

Mate, the big US tour's coming off.

Yeah, right. Yeah.

You're a classic, mate.


- You alright?

- Yeah, I'm alright.

Yeah, I'm fine.

- Cheers, mate.

- Cheers, mate.

All good.

America, here we come.

I've never been there.

They shouldn't let you in.

You know how they say, 'Smile,

and the whole world smiles with you'?

No, they don't. They think

there's something wrong with you.

I see someone walking down the street,


the first thing I think is, 'Drugs.'

If you see someone happy, you think

there's something wrong with them.

You don't notice all the miserable,

unhappy people though.

They fade in the background,

because that's normal.

You know, when you're famous...

Being famous is, well,

it's hard sometimes.

It's like you're a marked man.

You walk the street,

people are staring at you.

They point, whisper your name.

'There's Manny over there. Look at him.

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Carl Barron

Carl Barron (born 11 June 1964) is an Australian theatre and television comedian. His style is based on observational humour. He was born in Longreach, Queensland, the son of a sheep shearer, and formerly worked as an apprentice roof tiler. Barron has released four DVDs, entitled Carl Barron LIVE!, Carl Barron: Whatever Comes Next, Carl Barron: Walking Down The Street, and Carl Barron: A One Ended Stick. In November 2010 a box set entitled "All The Stuff I've Done So Far" was released, which included the first three previous titles, plus a documentary and outtakes. In 1993 he was voted 'Comic of the Year' and 'Best Up and Coming Talent' and has since made many TV appearances in commercials and on TV shows such as Rove and Thank God You're Here. Barron made his first television appearance on the NRL Footy Show on 17 April 1997.One of his perpetual jokes is that several people have mistaken him for people such as Australian musician Paul Kelly. He once stated "I reckon if Paul Kelly and Gandhi had a baby, I'd be it!". He has regularly sold-out shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Barron has been very successful in Australia with the DVD release of Carl Barron LIVE! going four times platinum, making it the most successful Australian comedy DVD in Australian history. He has appeared in Good News Week, Out of the Question, Thank God You're Here and several episodes of Rove. more…

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