The Royal Nonesuch

In The Royal Nonesuch, former South Park and Father of the Pride writer Glasgow Phillips recounts his various successes and failures in the late ’90s and early ’00s as a writer, producer, event organizer and entrepreneur. Throughout, there is a sense of impending doom concerning Phillips’ immersion in the eWorld and the aftereffects of the dot-com bubble. His story, though, is less about achieving an end result than it is a ride through maintaining relationships, sanity and cheesy corporate business practices while trying to generate money and fame by toiling in the underworld surrounding Sundance and the Internet. Though the story borders on didactic and tedious at points—sometimes failing to realize adequate character definition—Phillips succeeds in his attempt to create a compelling account of a man who, entering his 30s, devotes himself to yet unrecognized hopes of fame and riches.