Punching Henry

Comedian Henry Phillips is lured to LA by a renowned TV producer who wants to bring his story of failure to the screen. But when a major network gets involved, Henry must decide whether he wants to make jokes for a living, or be the butt of them.


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  • ★★★★ review by Wood on Letterboxd

    CIFF #15

    Probably the funniest film of the year, Henry Phillips is so genuinely hilarious he really shines through in this format. Lot of good comedian cameos Jim Jeffries, Doug Stanhope, Sarah Silverman, Tig Nataro and top it off with the great JK Simmons.

  • ★★★½ review by Nathan Rabin on Letterboxd


  • ★★★★ review by JesseSP on Letterboxd

    I got to meet Henry Phillips through my stand-up days several lives ago, and it's pretty great seeing his life turned into a feature film. This is even better than "Punching the Clown," funny and painfully true.

  • ★★★★ review by Thomas L on Letterboxd

    Punching Henry starred

    Henry Phillips(from Punching The Clown), Tig Notaro(from One Mississippi), J.K. Simmons(from La La Land), Mark Cohen(from Funny People), Sarah Silverman(from School of Rock), Ellen Ratner(from Bizaardvark), Mike Judge(from King of the Hill), Jim Jefferies(from Legit), Clifton Collins Jr(from Triple 9), Michaela Watkins(from Casual), Doug Stanhope(from Louie), Stephanie Allynne(from Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates), Ashley Johnson(from Blindspot), Al Madgrigal(from NBC's About a Boy), Ginger Gonzaga(from Wrecked), Adam Nee(from Lazer Team), Amy Hill(from 50 First Dates) & Nikki Glaser(from Not Safe with Nikki Glaser).

    Punching Henry is also directed by Gregori Viensi and is also based on a 2010 film titled Punching The Clown, which Gregory also directed.

    Punching Henry was really funny.

    Henry Phillips plays a Songwriter/Comedian who's lured to L.A. when a Tv Veteran Producer played by Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons, who decides to make a show about the life of a loser.

    Henry Phillips was really funny in his scenes.

    This film really shows the struggle of stand up comedy, never knew how stressful stand up comey is.

    My Favorite scenes has got to be a funny scene that included Henry and a Cab Company, don't want to spoil the scenes, but it was by far the funniest parts of the film.

    Nice to see Hollywood doing more films and shows about Stand Up Comedies.

    This year Hollywood is doing alot of stuff that includes Stand Up, early this Month I saw the Robert De Niro comedy The Comedian, HBO just premiered Pete Holmes' Crashing, Liv and Maddie just had a funny stand up comedy episode with Joey Bragg & Jim Bruer and Gravitas Ventures has a upcoming Indie film call Folk Hero & Funny Guy.

    The film also has cameos from other well known comedians, Tig Notaro was a huge scene stealer here, Tig Notaro is very funny comic and she cracked me up everytime she came on screen.

    Nikki Glaser also had a funny scene, Mike Judge even popped up, as well as Sarah Silverman, Jim Jefferies & Doug Stanhope, Doug had some of the funniest parts in this as the cab dispatcher.

    If You love a good film about Stand up Comedy, You might actually like this film.

    It even has heart in it too, Henry Phillips is also a comic to watch out for in the future.

  • ★★★★ review by cadkins on Letterboxd

    Almost identical to Punching the Clown in tone, structure, and quality. Which isn't a bad thing.

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