Through the form of the “mockumentary”, the successful comedian dives behind the scenes of the scene where she mocks and exposes her every flaw … Until she decides to stop humor.
Blanche Gardin is a successful comedian. Everything works for her, but she suffers from a chronic digestive problem which makes her suffer greatly. She goes to a naturopathic follower of positive thinking who explains to her that her problem stems from the self-deprecation she shows on stage. Blanche realizes that her salvation lies in the kindness that she must finally exercise towards herself.
She then takes a radical decision: she stops the humor. She announces it to her agent and on social networks, and sets out on the road of personal development, the quest for well-being and spiritual research in order to become a better version of herself.
The Best Version of Myself – 9 x 26 minutes
Mondays December 6 and 13 at 9 p.m. on Canal +
A fictional alter-ego
In this dark comedy using the springs of the mockumentary (parodic documentary), the humorist Blanche Gardin, faithful to the Canal + channel where she first worked as a columnist for The True Journal then as an actress in the sitcom Workingirls, offers a character faithful to the one she created for herself on stage through the stand-up.
Far from the success that she has built in comedy over the years, Blanche Gardin explores her character in all its roughness and its darkest areas … starting with her colon, the starting point of a quest for well-being that will lead her to stop her career in humor.
Co-written with Noé Debré (Parliament) and imagined with Béatrice Fournera (screenwriter on Workingirls), the series, directed by the actress herself, delves behind the scenes of the artist’s life, between the middle of the Parisian stand-up, her distraught agent, her dog, her assistant, but also her companion in real life, the American comedian Louis CK, her absolute reference from whom she borrows the codes of autofiction he used in the sitcom Louie.
A satire of contemporary narcissism
Starting from this principle – self-mockery is a suffering that creates all her stomach aches – Blanche Gardin addresses over the course of the episodes different themes in the air to make fun of society better, but especially of her – same.
Influencers on social networks, feminist movements, women’s circle, personal development, naturopathy: everything is sifted through the acerbic pen of the humorist, according to his peregrinations to stop suffering and learn to love oneself.
Without complex, the actress stages herself in the first person and confronts her politically incorrect point of view in the face of societal issues that go beyond her. Not afraid of ridicule or cruelty, Blanche Gardin shows herself in turn vulnerable and cruel, moving and pathetic, in a singular fiction in her image.
The best version of myself is to be discovered from December 6 on Canal + and myCANAL.