Punching the Clown

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Punching the Clown
Directed by Gregori Viens
Produced by Dave Klein, Eric Klein
Starring Henry Phillips
Cinematography Ian Campbell
Release date
  • January 17, 2009 (2009-01-17) (Slamdance Film Festival)
  • October 2010 (2010-10) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Punching the Clown is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Gregori Viens and starring Henry Phillips as a semi-fictionalized version of himself.[1]


Henry (Phillips) is a struggling singer-songwriter comic in Los Angeles who suddenly finds success and then is subjected to the cruelty of show business.


The film includes both scripted scenes as well as portions of actual live performances by Phillips.[2]


Punching the Clown has been received positively by critics and currently holds an 86% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[3] The film also won the Audience Award at the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Mike Hale. "Punching the Clown (2009): Making Music with Comedy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  2. ^ "Punching the Clown Notes". Punchingtheclownmovie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Punching the Clown". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Punching the Clown: Slamdance BIG Interview with Gregori Viens". Slamdance. Retrieved 2013-07-24.