Although it sounds like the name of a middle-America carnival show, held twice a day (three times on Saturday!) over at your most favorite dude ranch, there's actually a movie called Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show. Back when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (to lukewarm reviews), The Weinstein Co. claimed to have picked up the world rights to the pic (for roughly $3 million), but then remained tight-lipped on any further progress. Now, months later, Variety reports that Picturehouse and New Line have acquired the world rights (with no explanation as to why or how it's no longer with the Weinsteins), and are prepared to release the film in theaters early next year.
I know, by this point you're just dying for more information on Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show (ugh, I feel dirty just writing that). Well, I can tell you this much: Vaughn rounded up four up-and-coming comics, took them on a 30-city, 30-day, 30-show tour ... and filmed the entire thing. No, I don't believe Vaughn was ever a stand-up comic. Thus, I have no idea what inspired him to make this film. For those who regularly watch HBO, you'll remember that comedian Dane Cook did something similar recently, creating the show (and tour) Tourgasm, in which he toured the country with up-and-coming comics. Parts of it were cute, but whenever you get a group of stand-up comedians together on a tour bus (and they're all being filmed), you can't help but cringe as they speak to one another with this shtick-like dialogue -- as if every other sentence is a punch line to a joke you never asked for in the first place. Oh well, I guess Vince Vaughn in a cowboy hat will bring in at least $8 million; what do you think?