First Trailer for Taylor Hackford's 'The Comedian' with Robert De Niro

November 21, 2016

The Comedian Trailer

"What a shmuck." Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the first trailer for a film titled The Comedian, from Oscar-winning director Taylor Hackford, starring Robert De Niro as an aging stand-up comic. De Niro plays Jackie Burke, who returns to the stage to perform comedy after a long run on a TV sitcom. But things aren't exactly the same as they were in the old days. The full cast includes Danny DeVito, Patti LuPone, Edie Falco, Leslie Mann, Harvey Keitel, with an appearance by Billy Crystal. The film just premiered at AFI Fest and got slammed by critics, with some very harsh feedback making it sound like this is worth skipping. From the looks of it with this trailer, it might be better to recommend Don't Think Twice instead.

Here's the first official trailer for Taylor Hackford's The Comedian, originally from

The Comedian Movie

An aging comic icon, Jackie, has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother and his wife, Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul, and the two find inspiration in one another, resulting in surprising consequences. The Comedian is directed by veteran filmmaker Taylor Hackford, of An Officer and a Gentleman, White Nights, The Devil's Advocate, Proof of Life, Ray, Love Ranch and Parker previously. The screenplay is by Art Linson, Jeffrey Ross and Richard LaGravenese. The film just premiered at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles. Sony Classics will open The Comedian in theaters on January 13th, 2017 early next year.

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Maybe a big turn for DeNiro. His work as of late is mighty bad.

DAVIDPD on Nov 21, 2016


I think he's doing just fine. He probably takes what he gets and uses all the opportunities that are left for him. Yeah, I would agree with you that he could do better lately, but I also think that he's just having fun and that those recent films won't harm his reputation from before. In that respect, I certainly understand him. Which doesn't mean I will watch everything he does lately, of course ...

shiboleth on Nov 21, 2016


I'd like to know why he is actually taking some of these roles. but not doubt even if he made DEATH TO SMOOCHIE 2 he would still go down as once of the greats.

DAVIDPD on Nov 21, 2016


Be careful here, Death to Smoochie is one of my favorites films. Other than that, I agree with you...

shiboleth on Nov 22, 2016


I like seeing De Niro and Harvey Keitel together after a long time. For me, that was always better combination than De Niro and Pacino ...

shiboleth on Nov 21, 2016

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