HOLLYWOOD FRINGE is the story of down-on-their luck, 40-something, non- power couple Samantha and Travis Sunstrom. Samantha and Travis’s pet project “Rainbow Farm”- about young idealists bent on improving the world- has finally been green-lit, but only on the condition that a younger actress takes Samantha’s role. As Travis watches “Rainbow Farm” become a caricature of their original concept, Samantha decides to revisit a whacked-out experimental theater piece from her youth called “The Alien Play.” On the fringes of Hollywood, everyone’s still trying to find their role in life.
Mentally Al is an intimate portrait of cult comedy legend Al Lubel, a former Star Search champion whose appeared many times on the likes of Carson, Leno and Letterman, He is now in his 60s, perpetually broke, couch surfing in friends’ apartments, and struggling for stage time. A true enigma of the standup comedy world, Al is considered by many to be the greatest and most influential comic you’ve never heard of.
In this tour de force of honesty and vulnerability, Ryan James takes a deep dive into the darkest of places without a trace of self-pity, navigating a daring, hilarious performance that rises into a heart-warming, hopeful crescendo.
Mike Bruton is a clown with a drinking problem. Seriously — a real clown. Eager to pick up where he left off after a stint in rehab, Mike hops on his unicycle and takes off on an apology tour, starting with a visit to his childhood home in New Jersey and ending up in Brooklyn. Mike soon realizes that not everyone is ready to forgive him and his best bet at a life in recovery is to start small.
Comedian and best selling author Robert Schimmel has plenty to say on everything from raising a 17 year old daughter, bargaining with the Almighty, and how not to make friends with a dolphin.
Life-long friends Kat and Janet see everything flipped upside down as they hit senior year. Shy Kat is now popular, hooking up at parties, while misfit Janet is put on strange medication for her “bad behavior.” Things get even odder when Janet meets a cute boy who might be a time traveler, and Kat’s panicked parents send her off to sex rehab. Can anything make life in the suburbs normal again? Life-long friends Kat and Janet see everything flipped upside down as they hit senior year. Shy Kat is now popular, hooking up at parties, while misfit Janet is put on strange medication for her “bad behavior.” Things get even odder when Janet meets a cute boy who might be a time traveler, and Kat’s panicked parents send her off to sex rehab. Can anything make life in the suburbs normal again?
The Jerky Boys are back with the new calls, new characters and the same Jerky Boys attitude! Johnny Brennan’s cultural phenomenon in the 1990s makes a comeback with their first new Jerky Boys album in over 20 years. Join Sol Rosenberg, Jack Tors, Frank Rizzo and a slew of new characters as they try to save the world, one prank call at a time!
Before his first HBO special The Diceman Cometh and his feature-film debut in The Adventures of Ford Fairlaine, Andrew Dice Clay perfected his act along the comedy club circuit. One Night with Dice is a rare early performance from Philadelphia’s Comedy Factory Outlet that takes you back to Dice’s roots as the original “hoodlum of humor” with a look at the early career of this groundbreaking, hardcore comic.
In his first HBO comedy special, Gary Gulman offers candid reflections on his struggles with depression through stand-up and short documentary interludes that provide insight into his mental health journey. While speaking to issues of mental health, Gulman also offers his observations on a number of topics, including his admiration for Millennial attitudes toward bullying, the intersection of masculinity and sports, and how his mother’s voice is always in his head.
Never Be Done chronicles the seven year journey of Richard Glen Lett, a once-respected Canadian comedian whose addiction to drugs and alcohol lead to him becoming homeless, estranged from his daughter, and shunned by his community. With no one to turn to, Richard disappeared. He ran away from his problems; he ran away from his responsibilities; he ran away from his life. Not merely a tale of one man’s downfall, Never Be Done is the story of Richard Lett’s struggle to forge a new life in the same environment that brought him down so completely. Filmed with candid intimacy and filled with archival footage and poignant testimonials, Never Be Done is a raw and unflinching documentary about the life and times of Richard Lett, who lost it all and lived to tell the tale.
Not all stand-up comedy is spot-cleaned and pre-packaged for the masses. Like the legends who were born out of smokey, booze-soaked nightclubs of decades past, Doug Stanhope spews his own brand of moral outrage in an unmatched style that borders on self-destruction. Nothing is sacred, no subject off-limits and most importantly nothing is contrived. From critically acclaimed appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to regular appearances on The Howard Stern Show, Stanhope always shows an intelligence and brutal honesty in his comedy, no matter how viciously graphic or unsettling the material may be. Taped live at the Gotham Comedy Club, this appearance is an unflinching look at one of the few voices left standing in the dark, punk-rock underbelly of stand-up comedy.
Several popular female comedians like Tammy Pescatelli, Lynne Koplitz, Paula Bel and Tiffany Haddish shed some light on what it’s really like to be a woman.
Margaret and Henry are back home in Washington DC for the holidays. At a Christmas party of old high school friends, Margaret discovers that her ex-boyfriend is now engaged. With her holiday mood ruined, Margaret and Henry ditch the party to go score some drugs. What starts as a night of debauchery evolves into a self-indulgent quest when the two friends become convinced that they are the only ones who can solve the kidnapping of a neighborhood socialite.
The bearded, bawdy and comically bitter Tom Segura gets real about body piercings, the “Area 51” of men’s bodies, and the lie he told Mike Tyson.
New York is an amazing town with tons of very cool things to do. Nick Griffin doesn’t do any of them, but he likes knowing they’re there. The only thing that really matters to Nick is his show. Which is tonight at the Comedy Cellar.
Two strangers have a one-night stand and awaken with no memory of the night before, only to realize they are trapped together due to a police lock-down on the building.
In an effort to salvage his relationship, a well-meaning control freak drags his girlfriend to a romantic cabin in the woods. Hilarity ensues when a ravenous bear, an affable forest ranger, and a crazy woodsman repeatedly interrupt his elaborate attempts at a marriage proposal. As his plans go up in flames, he must learn that some relationships aren’t worth saving or face being eaten alive by his own insecurities…and also by a bear.
“Last Coming Standing” alum, Chris Porter, gives his look on drugs, growing old, women’s fashion, and his love for Taco Bell.
Grammy nominated comedian Bob Saget returns to his home, on the stand-up stage, in his new special, Bob Saget: Zero To Sixty. Filmed as a warm embrace in these troubling times, the comedy legend declares himself to be the last TV father you can trust in this R’ish rated hour of entertaining stories, riffing with the audience, words of wisdom, and new original comedy songs.