Non-binary comedian and actor Peter Smith gives a quirky, committed performance as the lead of the new short film Long Term Delivery, out today, which sees Smith playing a postal worker fixated on delivering a package to a mysterious recipient known only as "Mom."
The film was shot in the gorgeous rural towns of upstate New York, and sort of feels like a Wes Anderson film with its unusually abrupt characters and stylized cinematography. The most difficult thing to film, Smith explains, were the car scenes: "They were saying go slower, or go faster, and I was trying not to kill people, and myself."
Smith became involved with the film as a close friend of fellow rising comedian Sandy Honig (who's just landed a half-hour pilot on Adult Swim, Three Busy Debras), the sister of Long Term Delivery's director Jake Honig. The pair met through the improvisational comedy scene of the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Manhattan, which was co-founded by SNL star Amy Poehler.
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"I read it with him one day, and he had this light in his eyes, and I had a light in my eyes, too," Smith explains to us on landing the role.
You can catch Smith this summer as Peter Pan at Bard's Fisher Center. The comedian is also developing an hour-long lip-synced adaptation of a Princess Diana interview conducted in 1994.
"It’s not really a drag thing," Smith explains. "It is a lip-sync, but it’s not set to music. And I don’t want to speak for her, or embody her. She said incredible things, and when you can actually hear her voice, it’s pretty fantastic."
Take a look at Smith in Long Term Delivery below: