The Comedian

Release February 3, 2017 (Limited)
Cast Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Patti LuPone, Harvey Keitel
Director Taylor Hackford
Writer Art Linson, Jeff Ross, Richard LaGravenese, Lewis Friedman
Genres Comedy
Studio Sony Pictures Classics/Mongrel Media
Length 119 mins.


Aging comedian Jackie (Robert De Niro), who was once the star of a successful TV sitcom called Eddie's Home, has fallen on hard times. He's having difficulty finding work and when his agent finally gets him a gig in a club on "TV Sitcom Nostalgia Nite" alongside other former TV stars Jimmie Walker from Good Times and Brett Butler from Grace Under Fire, he blows it by attacking a member of the audience for filming his act.

While serving community service at a soup kitchen, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann) and offers to take her out to the Comedy Cellar when she has a bad day that leaves her in tears. She reluctantly accepts, but only after he agrees it's not a date. At the club, he and the comedian onstage trade insults, much to Harmony's amusement. They have such a good time that Jackie convinces Harmony to accompany him to a family wedding. Things slowly begin to turn around for Jackie when his agent books him a gig at a retirement home. The show, which goes well, is filmed and put online. The video goes viral and he's asked to make appearances on high-profile talk shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

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