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Waiting for the Artist 

A performance artist returns to her native Hungary for a career retrospective.


Fred Armisen (created by), Bill Hader (created by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode credited cast:
Fred Armisen ... Dimo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maureen Andronis ... Crowd heckler
Cate Blanchett ... Izabella Barta
Mr. Brainwash ... Himself
Gergely Csiby Gergely Csiby
Klára Dér Klára Dér
Bertram Klamp Bertram Klamp ... Arvidis Sprout
Helen Mirren ... Herself - Hostess
Andrea Osvárt
Rachael Perrell Fosket
James Scorzelli ... Sound Engineer


A performance artist returns to her native Hungary for a career retrospective.

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6 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Parody of the documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present. See more »


Spoofs Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012) See more »

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Of all the commercial shlock out there they pick this to ridicule?
27 August 2019 | by maxrottersmanSee all my reviews

If you saw The Artist is Present, as I did, you're not going to find this satire remotely funny. Indeed, I complained so much my daughter turned it off after 10 minutes. My daughter is an artist and said it wasn't a big deal. I said, "have you see the documentary?" She said 'no.' I told her, watch the documentary and then come back and tell me this isn't mean-spirited and not funny--AT ALL.

The original documentary is about how an artist connects to others. How any of us connect to each other. If you think that''s pretentious, or stupid, okay. I didn't, for "The Artist is Present". Even though I DO find most performance art pretentious and stupid. Indeed, I watched Artist is Present expecting for it to confirm my general dislike of performance art!

What really riles me up is I often recommend "The Artist is Present" but if someone sees this first they'll never watch it. Worse, they'll believe they know what it's about. A good satirist deep down, loves their subject. These people don't love art. All the humor is dumping on Marina Abramovic.

Again, these guys could have made fun of Taylor Swift or the Kashians. Why they'd ridicule real artists is...well..of course, Fred Armisen is no real artist. After seeing this I believe Kate Moss must have nailed it, "'He's so great at doing impersonations. But the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person."

If you haven't seen The Artist is Present, PLEASE WATCH IT FIRST! Don't let this piece of low-life humor ruin it for you.

Art means something. It means something to me. I have nothing against artists making fun of other artists--when the deep respect is there. It isn't.

Again, watch The Artist is Present. Please watch with an open mind. It's one of the best art documentaries I have ever seen. I knew absolutely nothing about Marina Abramovic before I watched it. Nothing.

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