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I Used to Be Funny

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Sam Cowell (Rachel Sennott) used to be funny. She used to spend her nights working the comedy clubs of Toronto and her days as an au pair for Brooke, a young teen struggling with the recent passing of her mother. Now Sam hides from the world, tormented by PTSD from an unseen event. Faced with the news that Brooke has fled home, Sam struggles to make the choice whether or not to help track down the missing teen or leave the past behind.

Flipping between present and past, director Ally Pankiw carefully peels back the layers of Sam’s inner psyche as she processes the events herself, structuring the film around her recovery. Sennott’s talents are on full display as she masterfully balances the dramatic weight of the film’s most barbed moments with the wry humor that cuts through it all. Utilizing Sennott’s real world live performances only prove that Sam, and Sennott are stars in the making.


Jun 8: Intro by actor Olga Petsa


Ally Pankiw


Rachel Sennott, Olga Petsa, Jason Jones, Sabrina Jalees, Caleb Hearon, Ennis Esmer

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105 min

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Ally Pankiw


Nina Djacic


Curt Lobb

Original Music

Ames Bessada

Production Design

Ciara Vernon

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