I Used to Be Funny

Ally Pankiw, Canada 2023, 105’
Polish premiere
Fancy Dance Lousy Carter

A bittersweet story about difficult relationships among young women marks this feature film debut from Ally Pankiw, director of Ariana Grande’s music videos and screenwriter of Schitt’s Creek. A young, vigorous stand-up comic takes a job caring for 12-year-old Brooke, trying to win the teen’s affection and find her own style on stage.

Rachel Sennott on Balancing Raunchy Comedy in ‘Bottoms’ and Heartbreaking Humor in ‘I Used to Be Funny’ (Variety)

Magdalena Maksimiuk

Ally Pankiw

Born in 1986 in Toronto, Ally Pankiw is a Canadian director and screenwriter who worked on The Great, Black Mirror, and wrote on numerous shows, e.g., Schitt's Creek. She directed music videos for Ariana Grande, Janelle Monae and Lil Jon as well as commercials for Pepsi, Amazon, and Chanel. Ally's films screened at TIFF, Outfest and SXSW. When not creating, she runs a mentoring program for young directors. I Used to be Funny is her feature debut.


2016 Stake (short)

2017 The Inherent Traits of Connor James

2021 Wielka / The Great (TV series)

2023 Czarne lustro / Black Mirror (TV series)

2023 Żarty się skończyły / I Used to Be Funny 

Cast & Crew

director Ally Pankiw
screenplay Ally Pankiw
cinematography Nina Djacic
editing Curt Lobb
music Ames Bessada
cast Rachel Sennott, Olga Petsa, Jason Jones, Sabrina Jalees, Caleb Hearon
producer Jason Aita, Breann Smordin, James Weyman
production Barn 12, Ontario Creates, Partizan, Telefilm Canada
sales Magnolia Pictures
language English
coloration colour
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