Get excited, comedy fans, because one of our favorite documentaries, The Bitter Buddha – an exploration of standup Eddie Pepitone’s unique life philosophy and decades-long career – is now on DVD. Pepitone, whose Bitter Buddha Blues show was a highlight of SXSW Comedy 2013, is fascinating and fun to watch, a performer who blends insight and honesty with frantic, frenetic energy. He’s commonly described as a “comic’s comic,” and The Bitter Buddha in part examines what this means via interviews with peers like Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galafianakis, and Patton Oswalt (and many, many more). The film, directed by Steven Feinartz, also follows Eddie as he prepares to return to his hometown for a headlining show at the legendary Gotham Comedy Club.
The Bitter Buddha DVD has some seriously sweet bonus features, including exclusive footage from the recent “Vegan Roast of Eddie Pepitone,” and the digital download comes with a copy of Pepitone’s album, A Great Stillness, plus video of a never-before-seen set.
If Pepitone looks (or sounds) familiar, it’s because he’s also the star of Puddin’, a live action cartoon chronicling daily life in the world’s weirdest office, and a former host of The Long Shot Podcast (alongside Sean Conroy, Jamie Flam, and Amber Kenny). You’ve probably also caught his cameos on shows like Arrested Development and Community, or one of his many Conan appearances, and you've definitely seen at least a few of his amazing tweets. We suspect you'll be seeing a lot more of him on stages near you soon, too.
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