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Change is constant, if often unwelcome, for the characters in Mike Birbiglia’s moving comedy ‘Don’t Think Twice’

October 4, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
Oct. 4, 2016

Mike Birbiglia’s 2016 comedy Don’t Think Twice is a touching look at a troupe of improvisational comedians whose performances belie their resistance to change.

When the movie begins, most of the members of the Commune are content with their lot in life. Their New York City improv group is popular, they eke out enough money to afford the basics of life — with a major assist from their side jobs, or, in one case, from her wealthy parents — and they’re satisfied with the artistic purity of their spontaneous comedic stylings.

The dean of the group is in some ways the happiest of the lot. Miles (comedian and This American Life contributor Birbiglia, who also wrote and directed the picture) beds an endless progression of his 20-something improvisational-comedy students by rolling out an effortless, almost automatic patter. But he’s convinced himself that he was this close to getting a slot of the popular TV show Weekend Live, an obvious analog for Saturday Night Live. His repressed frustration boils over when Jack (Keegan-Michael Key of the brilliant sketch-comedy show Key & Peele) is invited for an audition and hired as a junior writer-performer for the program.

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