One of America’s favorite improviser, guest star and stand-out character actor Matt Walsh has added ‘director’ to his impressive list of credentials. The Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder’s second feature film A Better You is about to make its debut at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 30. In the film, Hypno-therapist Dr. Ron Knight (Brian Huskey) is that guy you recognize from the bus stop bench ad. He has cheesy late-night TV commercials and a (self-published) self-help book.
A Better You follows Dr. Knight as he attempts to treat patients in his professional life and keep up appearances with his kids in his home life. What happens when the self-help guru finally seeks out someone else for advice? A Better You, like Walsh’s first film High Road, was shot off an improvised outline, meaning that there was no actual script with specific lines. A similar shooting style is used for the hit FX comedy series The League. The form makes sense for Matt Walsh hand his stellar cast who have top-notch improv skills. Nick Kroll, Riki Lindhome (of Garfunkel and Oates), Andy Daly (Eastbound & Down), Natasha Leggero and more appear in A Better You, which you’ll see in the awesome trailer below. If you live in the area, you can see A Better You at the Santa Barbara Film Festival next Friday at 4:40 pm at the Metro 4.