Who’s the Caboose? Sends Up TV Hopefuls
A mockumentary set during “Pilot Season” (January through April) in Los Angeles, Who’s the Caboose? (1997) stars Sarah Silverman as Susan, a New York stand-up comic making the rounds while being trailed by a film crew. Emphasizing deal-making, shallow values, and over-inflated egos, it is a manic take on show-biz insanity.
Susan’s boyfriend, Max (Sam Seder), follows her out to L.A. and—in a turn reminiscent of Cannes Man‒he is touted as a hot property. Meanwhile…the relationship they share, which apparently was never good, devolves. As Susan goes from one audition to the next, the audience is exposed to an inordinate number of backstabbers and phonies.
Who’s the Caboose? was co-written and directed by Max Seder, and is the prequel to Pilot Season (2004), a television series featuring the same characters. Filled with clashing egos, insensitivity, immaturity, self-aggrandizement, stereotypes, and unlikable characters, it is a satirical mélange of acting and improvisation that will find its audience among Sarah Silverman fans. However, despite the inside jokes and the large cast of comics, Who’s the Caboose? failed to charm, and was—instead—an unpleasant viewing experience for this reviewer.
Who’s the Caboose? streets on March 29, 2011, which is its first time available in the United States. (It is available via digital, VOD, and DVD.)