added: Thu, Feb 2nd '17
L.A. comic folk-singer Henry Phillips brings his hapless alter-ego to the screen in "Punching Henry," a semi-autobiographical indie dramedy about a traveling troubadour, named Henry Phillips, who after becoming a regular fixture on the L.A. comedy scene is lured by Hollywood executives to produce a television show that would capitalize on his newfound internet fame.
Phillips, who not only stars but also co-wrote the film with director Gregori Viens, is supported by a strong cast that includes his fellow comedian pals, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Doug Stanhope, and Jim Jefferies, as well as Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons, Clifton Collins Jr., Michaela Watkins, and Stephanie Allynne.
A quasi-remake/sequel to Phillips and Viens' 2009 ultra-low-budget comedy "Punching the Clown," "Punching Henry" premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. It's now slated to hit theaters and VOD on February 21st. Watch the trailer, above.
In this hyper-intelligent comedy, a journeyman comedian is lured to L.A. by a TV producer (J.K. Simmons) who wants to make him a reality star. As reality sets in, he must decide whether his legacy will be to tell jokes for a living or become the butt of them. With an all-star cast including Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Jim Jefferies, Doug Stanhope, and more, PUNCHING HENRY is a hilarious and heartwarming glimpse behind the curtain at the weird world of comedy.
directed by Gregori Viens
starring Henry Phillips, J.K. Simmons, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Doug Stanhope, Jim Jefferies, Clifton Collins Jr., Michaela Watkins, Stephanie Allynne
release date February 21, 2017 (in theaters and on VOD)