Synopsis: Zoe, a burnt-out karaoke DJ at a dive bar in Brooklyn, discovers her childhood best friend-turned famous pop star, Nevin, has adapted their old inside joke into a mega-hit song when customers flock to karaoke night to sing it.
Nimene Wureh (Nevin)
Will Martinez (Marcus)
Inside jokes are the V.I.P. section of comedy. They’re exclusive and intimate and once you’re in, you’re in baby! The power of an in-joke lies in the understanding that no one outside of an elite few could possibly comprehend what is so funny about it. An in-joke selects its own audience with its one standing principle: you had to be there. If you were there at the genesis of the joke, you understand the joke. Sure, you can try to bring others in. You can explain to them what happened. Sometimes they’ll even let out a sad, desperate-to-be-in-on-it laugh. But deep down, all parties know that the only people who will ever appreciate the moment for what it is are the people who were there for the moment.
The title of our film ‘This Is What I Look Like Naked’ refers to an inside joke between the main character Zoe and her childhood best friend Nevin. Years after the genesis of said joke, Nevin adapts it into a mega-hit pop song and a go-to favorite of the customers at the karaoke bar Zoe now works at halfheartedly. Suddenly, something that was intimate and exclusive is being celebrated by millions of people who don’t get it like she does. People who weren’t there for the moment.
We believe this story will resonate with anyone feeling nostalgic for old friendships that have since faded. At the very least, we hope to get the song ‘This Is What I Look Like Naked’ stuck in the head of anyone who watches.
Ethan David is a comedy writer and filmmaker in New York City. His writing has been featured on ClickHole, Vulture, Funny or Die, College Humor, and more. He writes for the sketch comedy team BedRock that was founded at the UCB Theatre. He was a finalist in Comedy Central’s Yes And Laughter Lab for his pilot script, The Relief Effort. Most recently, he was hired by indie production company Five Acres to co-write a feature length romantic comedy that is currently in development.