What the Funny is the story of Max, long-suffering owner of a struggling comedy theatre in Seattle. The theatre company struggles through the final weeks of preparation for their next show, and the only thing standing in their way is money, talent, ego, and the occasional murder.
What the Funny was put together by an award-winning team: Director Lynn Shelton and Director of Photography Ben Kasulke won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2006 Slamdance with We Go Way Back and the Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Independence for Humpday at Sundance in 2009. Creator Wayne Rawley is a prolific writer and a legend in the Seattle Fringe Theatre scene.
The soundtrack features original recordings from some of Seattle's favorite 'alt-everything' bands. Featuring members of 'Awesome', 'The Half Brothers', 'The Fog People', and Leeni, it is a cross-genre sampling of some of the city's most promising musicians.
This collaboration of some of the best of Seattle's Independent Film, Fringe Theatre and music scenes is part of a new wave of independent film. Designed to take advantage of Internet distribution and the growing influence of social networks, it was made as a series of ten-minute episodes. Each is a complete story in itself; each contributes to the eleven-episode narrative arc. It is a tightly woven story that shifts fluidly amongst an ensemble of the attention-starved, needy, neurotic characters that live to make strangers laugh.