We know Vince Vaughn is funny. We knew that even before the studios came around to it. But he's funny in movies. Stand-up is a whole different monster. While Vaughn is not a stand-up comic himself, he decided to bring a stand-up comedy variety show to America with his Wild West Comedy Show. Featuring behind the scenes antics between Vaughn and the comics, the movie captures more than just the stage shows.
Vaughn Hits the Road for His Wild West Comedy Show
"It really turned into kind of an event movie where it’s like a road trip," said Vaughn. "It’s a capsule of sort of what was going on at that time. It’s an insight into stand-ups that I don’t think you’ve quite seen before, sort of what they go through. It’s sort of became a lot of components of different things."
That was far more profound than Vaughn ever expected. "The idea originally when I thought of it was just to say, ‘This is a fun thing. Let’s go as many places as we can.’ What came out of it was sort of the result of what happened. I had the easy job of thinking of it. I only thought of it six weeks out so my sister Victoria and John Isbell and Sandra, they had to really in six week’s time find these buses, book 30 venues, convince people I was really coming, what the Wild West Show was. Is Vince going to come and rope horses? What’s happening here? So they really had, as far as the logistics were concerned, a much more challenging job of putting it all together."
Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show
Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show
The comics featured are longtime Vaughn buddy Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst and Sebastian Maniscalco. "The one thing I wanted to do with the movie and what I thought these guys had in their comedy was unify and bring people together, whether it’s the stuff Bret talks about with his family or Ahmed talks about. People from different backgrounds laughing and enjoying and sharing because they could relate I think to the human connection of what they were talking about. So hopefully I think the film at its best is a unifying thing that makes people kind of laugh and feel closer to each other. The feelings that we would have after the show I think is very similar to what we felt like after. The feeling you have in the movie is you do kind of feel closer to the people in the group. It’s kind of a feel good feeling where you feel warm I think and open. It’s not something that makes a division."
Vaughn promoted Ari Sandel to director of the film early on in the road trip. "Ari was just a hired cameraman the first day on the bus. He was not the director of the film. He was a guy with a camera. As we were there, so much of [producer] Peter [Billingsly]’s day became about putting together the technical show and making sure stuff was running that I came to Ari who I really liked his short film obviously which everyone knows of now which won the Academy Award. I said to him, ‘Will you direct this movie?’ He was thrilled of course and I said, ‘We’ll talk to you at the end of the day and talk about sort of what’s going on and go get footage.’ He worked really hard and did a good job. My style, where I come from in the creative process, is the best idea wins. I don’t need to be right. I don’t need anybody else to be right. I need whatever is right for the movie and I really like the collaboration where if you have an idea, we’ll through it up there. I don’t want to debate it for 45 minutes. I feel like when people feel included, they feel like they have a voice, they feel incentified, they’re excited. You’re getting the best ideas. So Ari was a huge component and very much a part of the idea."
Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show opens to theaters on February 8th.