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February 24–March 2, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Punching Henry

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Film still: Punching Henry


"Well observed and sometimes hilarious... The comic humiliations compound and surprise"
  —Village Voice
"[Henry Phillips is] oddly sympathetic, low-key and funny"
  —Los Angeles Times

Comedian-songwriter Henry Phillips (playing himself) is lured to LA by renowned TV producer Jay Warren (J.K. Simmons, Whiplash), who hopes to create a television series about the life of a struggling performer and make him a reality star. Punching Henry follows Phillips' misadventures as a stand-up comic attempting to make a name for himself amid myriad trials and tribulations as he tries to balance success with artistic integrity. With the support of his longtime musician friend Jillian (Tig Notaro), and his well-meaning, but second-rate manager Ellen Pinsky (Ellen Ratner), Henry endures the ups and downs of L.A.. trying to believe in what appears to be the Hollywood dream. However, when a major TV network gets involved with the show, Henry must decide whether his legacy will be to make jokes, or become the subject of them, in this hilarious and heartwarming glimpse behind the curtain at the weird world of comedy. With an all-star cast including Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Jim Jefferies, Doug Stanhope, and more.

Directed by Henry Phillips, U.S.A., 2015, 98 mins.


  • Fri., Feb. 24 at 10 pm
  • Sat., Feb. 25 at 9:45 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Feb. 27–March 2 at 9:45 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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