Freak Dance is the most important film of the millennium. At least, according to Matt Besser, a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade who worte, directed, and stars in the movie.
That’s because it will expose moviegoers across the country to what Besser thinks is the dirtiest, nastiest, most horrible dancing in the world: grinding, a.k.a. freak dancing. “It’s dangerous. It’s probably the worst thing corrupting our children today,” he says.
Described as a Rocky Horror Picture Show-esque film by its creator, Freak Dance is made up entirely of performers from the Upright Citizens Brigade; you’ll see Besser’s fellow founders Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh. However, Besser is quick to confess that most comedians, including himself, can’t dance, so professional dancers from shows like America’s Best Dance Crew and So You Think You Can Dance? were brought in.
Dancing, Besser admits, is a tremendously fearful element of American life. “We all have a fear of walking down the street and being confronted by someone and being challenged to a dance-off,” he says, digging deep into the personal confines of his most intimate terrors. “I’d rather fight someone on the street than be humiliated with a dance move.”
On Sat. May 12, Besser will screen Freak Dance at the Terrace Theater. Prior to the screening, the comedian will host a one-man show at Theatre 99 starting at 8 p.m. along with an improv training class the following Sun. May 13. His appearance at the Meeting Street theater will be the only time on the Freak Dance tour that he strays from promoting the film, and he will take the stage and treat Charleston comedy-lovers to some of his uniquely hilarious characters and monologues.
While Freak Dance will be released on video-on-demand May 15, Besser believes it is a movie that should be seen in theaters. “It’s a big, loud, crazy musical,” he says. He looks forward to meeting fans that know him from his improv work and his popular podcast, improv4humans.
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