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Interview: Ally Pankiw on Casting Rachel Sennott and Audience Expectations in ‘I Used to Be Funny’

I Used to Be Funny stars Rachel Sennott, best known for her comedic turns in Shiva Baby and Bottoms, as a comedian struggling to get past a life-changing incident. It’s a remarkable feature debut from director Ally Pankiw, who knew she wanted Sennott in the lead role for her first true dramatic turn.

Awards Buzz spoke with Pankiw about what she thinks audiences will know and can put together while watching. Watch the video above to hear about her first feature experience and other takeaways from the project.

I Used to Be Funny has its world premiere at the 2023 SXSW Film and TV Festival and is now available on digital.


  • Abe Friedtanzer

    Abe Friedtanzer is a film and TV enthusiast who spent most of the past fifteen years in New York City. He has been the editor of and since 2007, and has been predicting the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards since he was allowed to stay up late enough to watch them.

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