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Fired!

Written and Produced by Annabelle Gurwitch

USA 2006, Color, 71 minutes

   
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If you spend any time at all in the workplace, chances are you’re may get laid off, down-sized, let go, out-sourced, axed, terminated, canned, cancelled, dismissed… FIRED!

Fired! features interviews with a who’s-who of top-rated comedians and actors, including Tim Allen, Sarah Silverman, David Cross, Illeana Douglas, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Dick, Fred Willard and more. The film also examines the state of employment in this country, interviewing laid-off GM workers in Lansing, Michigan, economist (and comedian) Ben Stein, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and even the recently fired White House chef. It seems everyone has been touched by the epidemic known as “downsizing.”

"A frank and funny look at job loss and downsizing."
-- Madeline Osberger, Associated Press

When actress Annabelle Gurwitch was fired from a play by Woody Allen, she wondered how she would cope with being downsized by a cultural icon. Turning to friends in show business she was assured she was not alone. Once the subject had been broached, everyone she knew, from her rabbi to her gynecologist, offered advice and their own accounts of getting the boot. This set her off on a journey to answer the question: was being fired going to be the best thing or worst thing that had happened in her working life. This journey included a series of live literary events that were broadcast on NPR in the spring of 2005, a hugely popular book published by Simon and Schuster in 2006, and finally, a movie.

"The best kind of comedy -- rooted in empathy."
-- Patrick Beach, Cox News Service

   
 

Quotes from the Film

"They faxed me. No, they faxed my agent.” - Sarah Silverman (on being fired from SNL)

"I’d love to be fired by Woody Allen!” - Economist Robert Reich

"They said, ‘they’re proceeding without you.’ Where are they going? Can I go too?” - Fred Willard

"I‘ve been fired more than anybody. I should wear a t-shirt that says “Fire me” at all times!!” - Jeff Garlin

"Later it can be funny, Pain plus Time equals Comedy” - Judy Gold

"You were fired from a play? You must have really sucked!” - Jeffrey Ross

   
 

Featuring

Tim Allen
Andy Borowitz
David Cross
Andy Dick
Tate Donovan
Illeana Douglas
Jeff Garlin
Judy Gold
Richard Kind
Stephen Adly Guirgis
Anne Meara
Bob Odenkirk
Robert Reich
Jeffrey Ross
Harry Shearer
Sarah Silverman
Ben Stein
Fisher Stevens
Paul F. Thompkins
Fred Willard
and
Actress and humorist ANNABELLE GURWITCH, best known to television audiences for her many years as the co-host of the cult favorite “Dinner and a Movie” on TBS. She is currently a contributing writer and commentator on “Day to Day” on NPR.

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