March 25, 2023 @ 4:45 pm

Brattle Theatre

If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of laugher are you? Are you the kind who laughs heartily at a well-crafted joke? The kind who snickers inappropriately at a solemn event? Do you guffaw appreciatively at clever wordplay? Or maybe you’re the kind who chortles in the face of despair because: Screw you despair, you’re not the boss of me!

If you answered “Yes!” or “All of the above!” or “No one says guffaw anymore!” then the BUFF 2023 Comedy Shorts block was made for you!

This year’s filmmakers are poised and ready to kick your funny bone in a dizzying array of places. From the moon to a gas station. From a New York subway to a shack by the lake. From a chipped tooth to a cracked claw. From a water-depleted future to a beloved sex doll. From an angry houseplant, to the woods, and on through the open prairie. Come sing your laughter into the abyss and show that abyss who’s in charge!

– Melinda Green, George Luke, Kevin Monahan


High Moon

Kevin James, USA, 5 min.

The events following a late-night theft at NASA may be a tale too hazardous to tell.

Wild Bitch

Kate Nash & Rebekka Johnson, USA, 12 min.

A visit from a coyote brings together an unlikely duo.

Dead Enders

Fidel Ruiz-Healy & Tyler Walker, USA, 12 min.

Maya’s co-worker wants her to find a more fulfilling life beyond the gas station but the new management has plans for them both.


Costa Karalis, USA, 11 min.

A man with a chipped tooth is convinced that someone will be coming soon to claim the rest of it. 

The Plant Mechanic

Aidan Payne, USA, 5 min.

Who do you call to fix a broken plant?


Hannah Heller, USA, 16 min.

Ursula and Stuart embark on a hopeful first date in a world falling apart.

Lobster Spouse: Pilot Episode

Michael Elliott Dennis, USA, 10 min.

Brad and Lobster Spouse have to get creative to pay the butter bills.

Shanti Shanti Sayonara

Phoebe Parker, USA, 13 min.

A tragic potion mishap leaves little time for Mo to live and love before the past catches up with him.

Silicone Wave

Jeff Hilliard, USA, 4 min.

A moving tribute to a real doll.

Prairie Girls

Bennett Holgerson, USA, 12 min.

Sisters Bethica and Christmas find new friends and adventure on the other end of a time portal.


Finnegain Haid, USA, 7 min.

An encounter at a subway station upends the life of a young businessman.