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(Howie Man­del, Reed Grin­sell, Steve Sun­shine, U. S.). 63 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN Howie Man­del dis­cov­ered bald­ing, diminu­tive co­me­dian Vic Co­hen in the 90s, when Co­hen sub­mit­ted jokes to his talk show. Man­del hired him as a writer but mostly used the un­trained, in­sanely con­fi­dent Co­hen as a lab ex­per­i­ment, urg­ing him to fol­low his ev­ery im­pulse. A cam­era crew was there when he opened for Man­del in con­cert, tried out for Ra­dio City’s male Rock­ettes and staged an avant- garde dance per­for­mance for an au­di­ence of se­nior cit­i­zens. (Co­hen’s go-to move is tak­ing off his clothes and jump­ing around in his un­der­wear.)

For the en­tirety of Com­mit­ted, it’s un­lear whether Man­del is prank­ing Co­hen or the au­di­ence – and hon­estly, I’m not sure it’s a prank at all. But it’s fas­ci­nat­ing to watch Co­hen launch him­self into each new ex­pe­ri­ence with ab­so­lute faith that it’ll make him a star.

Apr 25, 6 pm, TIFF 2; Apr 26, 11 am, TIFF 1; May 2, 9: 30 pm, Hart House

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