Steve Sweeney movie ‘Sweeney Killing Sweeney’ to open Boston Comedy Festival

Comedian Steve Sweeney plays a version of himself in the movie.
Comedian Steve Sweeney plays a version of himself in the movie.

The new movie “Sweeney Killing Sweeney’’ will open the Boston Comedy Festival at 8 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Somerville Theatre, according to a Wizard Kings Production announcement on Facebook. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and cast members.

The film stars Boston native Steve Sweeney, playing a version of himself — a guy who has the chance to make it big with a Los Angeles cable comedy special, per the “Sweeney Killing Sweeney’’ website.

In light of the opportunity, Sweeney decides to cut four of his most famous Boston personalities from his set in an attempt to make the act more appealing to a national audience. Trouble finds Sweeney when the four characters — “ ‘Jimmy,’ the lonely alcoholic, ‘Mary Ellen McCarthy,’ the townie mother, ‘Marshall Mellow,’ the bike helmet-wearing, do-gooder, and ‘Fitzy,’ the beer-bellied raconteur’’ — come to life and try to kill him.

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Sweeney is joined by Boston comedians Jonathan Katz, Frank Santorelli, and Tony V. in “Sweeney Killing Sweeney.’’ Steven Wright, Lenny Clarke, Nick DiPaolo, and Bobby Slayton are also set to have cameos in the movie.