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New American Cinema

And Punching The Clown

Year 2016
Runtime 96 mins
Language English

Cast member Henry Philips in attendance at the Thursday screening!

How can you tell if they’re laughing with you, or at you? Henry Phillips (comedian Henry Phillips) is faced with this quandary when bigwig television producer Jay (J.K. Simmons, WHIPLASH) witnesses his disastrous stand-up gig and expresses an interest in Henry. As a comedian whose big break never came, the promise of fame sounds tempting to Henry, but it comes at a cost: Jay wants to shoot a reality series documenting Henry’s professional humiliations. When several mortifying clips of Henry suddenly go viral, he must decide if his shot at fame is worth his pride.

Featuring cameos by an A-list of the stand-up comedy scene, including Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro and Jim Jeffries, AND PUNCHING THE CLOWN is a satirical look at what it takes to make an audience laugh in the digital era.

Countries

United States
Festivals
Premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival in Austin
Director
Gregori Viens
Executive Producer
Howard Barish, Luca Costa, Luke Daniels, Bert Kern, Corey Large, Atif Malik, Chris Mangano, Sean McEwen, Nick Morton, Alan Pao, Deborah Ratner
Producer
Jim Hart, Arun Kumar, David Permut, Henry Phillips, Matt Ratner, Rick Rosenthal
Cinematographer
Bryce Fortner
Editor
Michael R. Miller, Gregori Viens
Production Design
Jodi Ginnever
Cast
Henry Phillips, Tig Notaro, J.K. Simmons, Sarah Silverman, Jim Jeffries, Mark Cohen