Real ones know the stress that comes with being out and about and getting the sudden urge to desperately need the restroom. Nicolas Heller, widely known as New York Nico, is making his directorial debut with Out of Order—a short film that follows the journey of a 30-year-old named Ernie (Kareem Rahma) who is searching for a bathroom before heading to an important first date. During his journey, Ernie deals with a series of unfortunate events that make it impossible for him to find a viable toilet to use in NYC, lessening his chances of being on time to meet up with Julia, the first woman he has gone out with since his divorce.

The film is written and stars comedian Kareem Rahma. Heller and Rahma had been friends for years before they decided to combine their respective skills to make this project a reality. When he signed on to write the script, the comedian secretly hoped he would also be cast as the lead, and that’s exactly what happened. Rahma’s take on Ernie is endearing and hilarious, you hate to see him deal with all the madness he goes through but he also makes it pretty easy for viewers to find humor in his misfortunes.

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Along the way, Ernie meets an array of people on the streets, which are played by some of NYC’s most colorful characters, including Uncut Gems’ Wayne Diamond, Instagram influencer Big Time Tommie, New York’s famous street golfer Tiger Hood, “Bing Bong” creator Gorilla Nems, Matthew Silver, Mr. Throwback and more. To borrow from Sex and the City, NYC is also a central character in this short. The film celebrates the rush, vibrant and hectic energy only found in NYC, as well as the people that make it what it is. 

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