‘Moosecock’ is hilarious

Brian Baumgartner co-stars in ‘Moosecock’

When I was first sent an e-mail about Moosecock, well, naturally, I thought it was a joke. It seemed like a put on. I mean, who the hell would make a movie called Moosecock? Plus, how you do make a short film that is basically about a very simple, if bizarre, joke?

Then I actually watched Moosecock, and I couldn’t stop laughing. This is just about the funniest short film I have ever seen in my entire life. I laughed non-stop for about six minutes. So, yes, that means I’ll have to say it:

I like Moosecock.

What makes this film so brilliantly funny is that it uses the joke in every way possible to keep you laughing for more than six minutes. It starts off with two guys in a diner — Paul (Brian Baumgartner) and Jimmy (Kevin Rahm). They sit and drink coffee, and play a game. Paul tries to think of a word, and Jimmy has to guess it. The results are hilarious.

Now, that’s the famous joke. However, the film doesn’t end there. What follows is a mockumentary about the making of the “joke short film”, which is ten times as funny as the joke itself. I promise, you’ll laugh through the entire film. I know I did, anyway.

In this portion, Jared Hillman is Micah Crenowitz, the fictional director of the “Moosecock” short film who narrates the mockumentary.

Because this short is, well, short, there isn’t much more for me to say about the flick. Everyone in it is terrific, including Baumgartner, who fans will recognize as Kevin in NBC’s The Office. Rahm is also familiar to me, and while I read the list of television series he’d appeared it, I finally realized where. He was in an episode of Deep Space Nine’s last season. Yeah, I’m a geek.

Moosecock has appeared in nearly a dozen festivals, and if you ever get a chance to catch it, tell them Tail Slate sent ya. We highly recommend it.

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