Dir. Jake Wilson (91min, USA, 2014)
Mid-Atlantic Premiere

Barb is an aimless, confrontational 27-year-old paralegal in this edgy comedy of reinvention. Sas Goldberg gives a frenetic, biting performance as a listless woman inspired by her childhood best friend, a ballet dancer, to pick up her long-shelved passion for stand-up comedy.

Featuring a painfully authentic and endearing look into the New York improv scene, You Must Be Joking is a gut-busting, warm comedy with no shortage of emotional outbursts, awkward office dynamics, and dysfunctional families. An original feel-good comedy that asks the question: What makes you so happy you giggle?

Presented with GLOE – Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement. Co-presented by Gather The Jews and Bike and Brunch.

Thursday, February 26, 6:30 pm
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC


Saturday, February 28, 6:30 pm
Goethe Institut
814 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC

Speaker & Events
Director Jake Wilson and actress and writer Sas Goldberg in conversation after both screenings.

After the Thursday screening, join us for Laughs and Cocktails with J Date.


Jake is the creator and star of the musical web series The Battery’s Down, which features original musical numbers from the likes of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composers.

Since the series finale, Jake has continued to create viral videos, with over 8 million video views to date. They have been covered in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Nylon Magazine, and seen on Tosh.0, CBS, E! and CNN.

Jake has produced television shows for MTV, Bravo and OWN and written for Out of Character (USA) and “VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live” (VH1). As an actor, he can be seen on the pilot of NBC’s Smash sporting a fierce Justin Bieber haircut.

SasGoldbergSas Goldberg is a Manhattan-based actor whose New York credits include the NYC premiere of David Adjmi’s Stunning, Ars Nova’s The Urban Dictionary Plays and most recently, The New York Times critics’ pick, The Best of Everything at Here Arts Center.

In addition to her theatre credits, Sas has shot commercial and voiceover campaigns with The Olive Garden, Orbitz, Lady Speedstick and Dunkin’ Donuts. Sas received the coveted Student Drama Desk Award in 2003 and can be seen in her first feature film starring Parker Posey and Brendan Fraser, Hairbrained.

“A classic New York comedy in the best Woody Allen-Diane Keaton tradition of quirky characters in an even quirkier world. Full of poignant laughs that mix well with the sillier ones, Mr. Wilson’s picture is an impressive debut from a director and actress audiences will likely be seeing a lot of in the future.” -Scene Stealers