Todd Louiso endured too many Moby jokes in School for Scoundrels and too much hype in Snakes on a Plane, but now all that suffering for his art has paid off. His sophomore directorial project The Marc Pease Experience, has just received final funding, according to a press release from Paramount Vintage and Groundswell Productions.

Jason Schwartzman plays the title character, a successful performer in high school musical productions. Ten years later, he's still living in the past. The story takes place over the course of one day as Marc's former teacher, Mr. Gribble (Ben Stiller) mounts a new production that allows Marc to exorcise his Broadway demons once and for all.

Louiso's directorial debut, Love Liza (2002), was the extraordinary, underrated story of a recent widower (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his pathetic attempts to cope with his loss. Since Hoffman's brother Gordy wrote the Liza script, The Marc Pease Experience marks Louiso's first produced screenplay.

Louiso is also known for playing a record store nerd opposite Jack Black and John Cusack in High Fidelity (2000). But now that he's a working film director, he has a much better chat-up line at parties.