Sponsored by the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund
Along with Richard Pryor and George Carlin, he influenced a slew of the next generation of comics. His name is Robert Klein, and he is still really funny! Klein is more than just a stand-up comedian. He is a musician, a singer, a Broadway star, a film and television actor and even a comedy teacher. A child of the 1950s who grew up in the Bronx, he rose to the pinnacle of stand-up with his unique blend of comedy and music. Director and film critic Marshall Fine follows Klein in his daily routines, and we get a privileged look at a seasoned comic improvising jokes about everyday life: grocery shopping, getting a haircut and hanging out with pals. Interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and Bill Maher, to name a few, as well as clips from some of Klein’s seminal routines round out this delightful portrait. Klein appeared on the Tonight Show and Letterman more than 100 times and hosted the third Saturday Night Live, appearing in the famous cheeseburger sketch. His spot-on impression of Rodney Dangerfield and his meeting with Don Rickles are some of the many highlights of this hilarious, heartfelt and thoroughly enjoyable doc. And to top it all off, Robert Klein himself will be here for this one-time-only screening.
Subject Robert Klein and director Marshall Fine in person